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La Grande Chronic Low Back Pain Related to Physical Activity Level

Is exercise really all that? Back pain sufferers wonder, especially those who don’t enjoy physical activity! May  La Grande back pain sufferers are not physical activity ‘junkies’ by nature. (Are you?) Your La Grande chiropractor knows all types of back pain sufferers and knows a variety of physical activity options that may be more appealing. At Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC we try to pair the exercise routine to the chronic back pain patient and symptomatology to maximize the results 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 makes a difference! Let’s first define sedentary versus physically active. 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 a 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 are all different! Regarding back pain, the difference shines even more in some regards. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC knows some chronic low back pain patients are more prone to exercising and being physically active than others who are more sedentary. What’s the difference in these folks? Researchers found a couple things: more physically active ones (those who perform at least 150 mins. of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week) experience lower body mass index and higher levels of leisure time physical activity. Sedentary folks (those who perform 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 Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC assist our more sedentary back pain sufferers? Hopefully sharing these little bits of information is beneficial! Your La Grande 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 consisted of 249 papers and their outcomes. Pain relief and functional limitation improvement were noted. (3) Exercise keeps showing 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 care via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. The system is a joint venture!

Schedule your next La Grande chiropractic appointment soon. We are here for our La Grande chiropractic patients, active and sedentary! Whatever your physical activity level, know that Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is here to walk the road to reduced back pain with you. Exercise is beneficial. We will find some form of physical activity that works for you. 

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC describes the relationship between physical activity level and back pain and the benefit of being physically active.   
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