Study: Treadmill exercise regime can reduce period pain
According to a recent study, a treadmill exercise regime can reduce period pain and improve long-term quality of life. As part of the study, researchers conducted a trial over a seven-month period to see how treadmill exercise benefited women suffering from primary dysmenorrhea, commonly known as period pain.
Women aged between 18 and 43 were asked to take part in a supervised aerobic training regime three times a week for four weeks, beginning the day after the end of their menstrual period, followed by an unsupervised home exercise for six months. Their results were compared with a control group, who carried out their usual regimes.
The study found that the women who took part in the supervised exercise reported 6 per cent less pain after four weeks and 22 per cent less pain with continuing the exercise for an additional six months.
Significant benefits of exercise were reported after the seven-month reporting period for other study measures, including a higher quality of life and improved daily functioning. However, the participants did not report any increase in sleep quality following the trial. The study, published in the Journal of Contemporary Clinical Trials, examined the effect of treadmill exercise on measures such as pain intensity, sleep quality and overall quality of life.