Georgetown Chronic Low Back Pain Related to Physical Activity Level

November 09, 2021

Is physical activity really important? Back pain sufferers wonder, especially those who don’t enjoy physical activity! May  Georgetown back pain sufferers are not physical activity ‘junkies’ by nature. (Are you?) Your Georgetown chiropractor meets all sorts of back pain sufferers and knows a variety of physical activity options that may be more appealing. At Dr. Butwell we try to pair the exercise routine to the chronic back pain sufferer and symptomatology to maximize the outcomes of exercise shown in research studies to be beneficial in managing, relieving, and preventing back pain.

3 HOURS OF LEISURE TIME: What do you do?

What you do in your non-work hours impacts your back pain experience! Let’s first define sedentary versus physically active. Researchers in one study defined 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 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 are all different! When it comes to back pain, the difference comes to light even more in some aspects. Dr. Butwell knows a few chronic low back pain patients are more likely to exercise and be physically active than others who tend to be more sedentary. What’s the difference in these folks? Researchers found a few things: more physically active folks (those who perform at least 150 mins. of moderate or 75 mins. of vigorous physical activity a week) have a 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 low levels of activity at work. (2) Hum? We know that such patient characteristics need to be considered when treating back pain patients and encouraging physical activity and reducing sedentary lifestyle activity. How can Dr. Butwell help our more sedentary back pain sufferers? Hopefully sharing these little bits of information is helpful! Your Georgetown chiropractor is here for you. Let us know your thoughts on how we can assist you!


In a Cochrane Review performed 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 good for managing 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 shares what back pain patients can expect from treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. The system is a collaboration!

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

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