EFIC ON THE MOVE
Physical activity´s well-known health benefits include a reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and improved mental health. What is less well known is that greater levels of physical activity and exercise are also associated with a lower risk of developing chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as pain on a daily basis for 12 weeks. It is a significant health issue affecting between 12-30% Europeans.
The cost to the economy is enormous in terms of healthcare costs and lost productivity (2.2% of GDP in Germany, 2.8% in Ireland, and 1.7% in the Netherlands).
Therefore, our Past President, Bart Morlion, launched the idea of a Presidential Campaign, that will run across the three-year mandate of each President. The theme for 2017-2020 was ‘EFIC On the Move’ focusing on the importance of physical activity in preventing primary and secondary pain.
Factsheet: EFIC On The Move at a glance
OUR CALL TO ACTION
All healthcare professionals should advise patients on the importance of physical activity and the role that physical activity plays in the prevention of chronic pain. This requires knowledge, motivation, empowerment (using language that patients understand), a physical environment that facilitates change and a plan that helps them to persevere.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to use these materials for your own campaign activities, or if you wish to request a translation into your own local language.
- Working group of patients, medical doctors and physiotherapists joined forces to define campaign goals and focus under the leadership of EFIC Presiden Elect, Brona Fullen.
- First brainstorm meeting in the European Parliament June 2018.
- In 2019, the European Region of the World Congress of Physical Therapy joins the campaign to co-produce On the move infographic, summarizing the key messages of the campaign.
- EFIC on the move featured during the European Public Health Week 2019.
- EFIC on the move as a prominent theme of the EFIC 2019 congress.
- EFIC on the move was showcased through a poster presentation, along with many other advocacy and education projects at the Societal Impact of Pain 2019 Symposium.
- EFIC on the move themes and messages was included in the 2020 Global and European Year for Pain Prevention organized with the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
Working Group Members
- Henrik Bjarke Vægter (Chair)
- Michiel Reneman
- Mira Meeus
- Jonas Verbrugghe
- Caitriona Cunningham
Physical Activity and Pain: A Few Facts
- Reduces a person’s chance of developing low back pain by 40%.
- Reduces a person’s chance of developing osteoarthritis by 50% (e.g. hip and knees).
- Increased frequency, duration, and intensity of exercise are associated with less chronic pain when age,education, and smoking are taken into account.
- Reduces the chance amongst 20-64 year olds of developing chronic pain by 10-12% compared with those who don’t exercise.
- In older women it reduces the chance of developing chronic pain by 21–38% compared with those who are not exercising.
- Older people who exercise more regularly, for longer and at a higher intensity are less likely to develop chronic pain.
- People in working age who exercise 3-5 times a week are also less likely to develop chronic pain.
Tips for people living with pain
Tips for healthcare professionals
Download Infographic – HCPs