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Vancouver Chronic Low Back Pain Related to Physical Activity Level

Is exercise really all that? Back pain sufferers ask, especially those who try to avoid physical activity! Some  Vancouver back pain sufferers are not physical activity ‘junkies’ by nature. (Are you?) Your Vancouver chiropractor knows all sorts of back pain sufferers and knows all sorts of physical activity options that may be more appealing. At Vancouver Disc Centers we try to pair the exercise option to the chronic back pain sufferer and symptomatology to optimize the outcomes of exercise described in research studies to be beneficial in managing, relieving, and preventing back pain.

3 HOURS OF LEISURE TIME: What do you do?

How do you spend your non-work hours makes a difference! Let us first describe physically active versus sedentary. Researchers in one study described physically active folks as those who were more active in their leisure time. They devoted 3 hours of their leisure time per day being physically active. Sedentary folks spent 3 hours or more a day of their leisure time sitting. Physically active folks were 33% less likely to have low back pain compared with more sedentary folks. (1) Takeaway: Be more physically active in your off-time! Like gardening? Garden! Like walking? Walk! Like talking? Take a walk with a friend, and talk!


We’re all different! When it comes to back pain, the difference comes to light even more in some regards. Vancouver Disc Centers knows a few chronic low back pain patients are more likely to exercise and be physically active than others who are more sedentary. What’s the difference in these folks? Researchers found a few things: more physically active folks (those who do at least 150 mins. of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week) experience lower body mass index and higher levels of leisure time physical activity. Sedentary folks (those who spend more than 8 hours of time in sedentary activities per day) are more likely to have lower levels of activity at work. (2) Hum? We know that such patient characteristics need to be considered when taking care of back pain patients and encouraging physical activity and reducing sedentary lifestyle activity. How can Vancouver Disc Centers assist our more sedentary back pain sufferers? Hopefully sharing these little bits of information is beneficial! Your Vancouver chiropractor is here for you. Let us know your thoughts on how we can help you!


In a Cochrane Review performed by a high level scientific and very respected research group, exercise for chronic low back pain was shown again as promisingly relieving. The review involved reviewing 249 papers and their outcomes. Pain relief and functional limitation improvement were noted. (3) Exercise keeps showing itself to be good for dealing with chronic low back pain.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Robert Patterson on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses what back pain patients can expect from care with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. The system is a partnership!

Set up your next Vancouver chiropractic appointment soon. We are here for every Vancouver chiropractic patient, active and sedentary! Whatever your physical activity level, know that Vancouver Disc Centers is here to walk the road to less back pain with you. Exercise is beneficial. We’ll find some type of physical activity that works for you. 

Vancouver Disc Centers shares the relationship between physical activity level and back pain and the benefit of being physically active.   
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