Push until it hurts: The impact of acute exercise on muscle-level pressure pain

Researcher(s): Dr. John Kramer

Researchers in Dr. Kramer’s lab are interested in better understanding how exercise impacts our pain experience. We are looking for people to attend one day of testing, which includes pressure pain measurements before and after a bout of high-intensity cycling.

Why should you participate in this study?

Exercise is commonly used as a non-pharmaceutical treatment for pain, but we don’t know how or why exercise impacts pain. Also, in many people, exercise can actually cause increased pain. Participating in our study will help us understand some of the factors that might be important in the exercise-pain relationship. This could help improve care for those suffering from pain. Also, as a part of the study, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a physiotherapist-guided cycling workout.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Do not currently suffer from chronic pain (pain that has lasted longer than 3 months)
  • Are willing to complete a 20-30 min session of high-intensity interval cycling

You may not be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Have chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 3 months)
  • Have been previously identified by a physician as not able to complete high-intensity activity, or anyone identified by the physical activity readiness questionnaire for everyone (PAR-Q+) as unsafe to complete high-intensity activity
  • Have a known allergy to topical anesthetics or common skin cream ingredients

This study will take place:

  • ICORD/Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (818 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver)

Time commitment:

2.5 hours

For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact the study coordinator Jessie McDougall by email at jmcdoug2@student.ubc.ca or call (604) 831-7706.