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A Common Pain In The Neck

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

As a physical therapist, I find myself answering questions about the hot topics in the rehabilitation world. The topics can range from Michael Phelps' use of cupping, to the use of dry needling for low back pain. ‘Sitting is the new smoking’ is a phrase that has been credited to Dr. James Levine, a professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and since has gained popularity as something I often get asked about. That phrase is based off, and backed by, multiple studies including a recent one conducted by Diaz KM, et al in 2017. The study concluded that the total volume of sedentary time, and its accrual in prolonged, uninterrupted bouts, are associated with all-cause mortality. In plain English, the longer you stay in a seated position, the increased your risk is of an early death. That's a huge finding!  But have no fear, there are a few steps in between sitting and death! 

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