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McHenry Chronic Low Back Pain Related to Physical Activity Level

Does exercise really work? Back pain sufferers wonder, especially those who try to avoid physical activity! Some  McHenry back pain sufferers are not exercisers by nature. (Are you?) Your McHenry chiropractor meets all sorts of back pain sufferers and knows a variety of physical activity options that may be more appealing. At OrthoIllinois Chiropractic we try to pair the exercise routine to the chronic back pain sufferer and symptomatology to optimize the outcomes of exercise shown in research studies to be valuable in managing, relieving, and preventing back pain.

3 HOURS OF LEISURE TIME: What do you do?

How do you spend your non-work hours impacts your back pain experience! Let’s first define physically active versus sedentary. Researchers in one study described physically active folks as those who were more active in their leisure time. They spent 3 hours of their leisure time a day being physically active. Sedentary folks spent 3 hours or more per 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! Regarding back pain, the difference comes to light even more in some regards. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic knows a few chronic low back pain patients are more likely to exercise and be physically active than others who are more sedentary. What is the difference in these folks? Researchers found a few things: more physically active ones (those who perform at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 mins. 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 a day) tend to have low 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 OrthoIllinois Chiropractic assist our more sedentary back pain patients? With hope, we share these bits of info that may help these little bits of information is helpful! Your McHenry chiropractor is here for you. Let us know your thoughts on how we can help you!


In a Cochrane Review done by a high level scientific and very respected research group, exercise for chronic low back pain was shown once again to be promisingly relieving. The review involved reviewing 249 papers and their outcomes. Pain relief and functional limitation improvement were noted. (3) Exercise repeatedly shows itself to be beneficial 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 treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. The system is a joint venture!

Schedule your next McHenry chiropractic appointment today. We are here for our McHenry chiropractic patients, active and sedentary! Whatever your physical activity level, know that OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is here to walk the road to reduced back pain with you. Exercise is beneficial. We’ll find some type of physical activity that works for you. 

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic describes the relationship between physical activity level and back pain and the benefit of being physically active.   
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