Kathleen Sluka – Does exercise increase or decrease pain?


Exercise is recommended to help prevent the development of pain and as a treatment for those with chronic pain. However, the act of exercising can be extremely painful for some. So why should we do it?

Kathleen will discuss how physical activity can increase and decrease pain, revealing the underlying neurobiology. She will also discuss how we can integrate exercise into the bigger healthcare picture.



‘Find out when exercise will help or hinder when you’re experiencing pain’

About this event

Le Pub is excited to welcome Dr Kathleen Sluka to talk about exercise and pain.

Joining us on our panel are Adam Meakins (The Sports Physio) and Pete Moore (Paintoolkit). Come and join in the discussion and find out how we can implement exercise for chronic pain and what effects exercise will have on the individual.

Kathleen A. Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Dr. Sluka’s laboratory studies the peripheral and central mechanisms of chronic musculoskeletal pain, and non-pharmacological treatment for chronic pain. These studies involve the use of animal models of muscle pain developed and characterized in Dr. Sluka’s laboratory, as well as projects in human subjects. We use a variety of techniques to address these questions including cell culture, molecular biology, genetic manipulations, behavioral pharmacology, and standard clinical trial methodology. Our overall goals are to improve the management of pain for people with a variety of musculoskeletal pain conditions by discovering the underlying mechanisms that lead to the development of chronic pain, discovering new therapies for pain management, and improving the use of currently available treatment for pain.