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Fort Wayne Chiropractic Tip: Go out for a walk.

September 26, 2023

Every step counts! Walks are healthy. Walking is effective, even in small spurts.

It’s a growing trend in Fort Wayne and everywhere else. Walking is free and easy.  It’s a physical activity that most everyone can do. Unfortunately only about 48% of adults get enough aerobic (activity that gets the heart pumping harder and blood vessels healthier) physical activity (1), so Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc recommends walking to all of our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients particularly as they recover from a back pain episode.


Physical Activity Guidelines propose only 2 and a half hours a week.  (2) That’s manageable! That can be done in smaller chunks like five 30-minute walks or longer walks with others instead of coffee chats or dinners out. A walk while waiting to pick up kids at activities will do it. 145 million adults walk as part of their physical activity plan. Others like some in Fort Wayne walk for fun or transportation or exercise. 6 in 10 walk for their aerobic physical activity. Others enjoy ballroom dancing or gardening. (1) Brisk walking, running, jogging, swimming or biking are potential endeavors when walking becomes a bit too comfortable, but walking itself works|is]19] just fine!


The Journal of the American Medical Association released information about 1635 inactive adults from 70 to 89 years who were at risk of losing their mobility (ie, their ability to walk without assistance). They were split into two groups: walking (20-minutes-a-day walk) or education (reading material about healthy aging). The walking group experienced an 18% lower risk of major mobility disability at 2.6 years. The walkers could walk without assistance up to a quarter mile. (3) This is great news!

A NEW WALKING PROGRAM: Motivators & Effects

What motivates you to exercise? Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is here to inspire you! A new report about outcomes of a 6-month program of walking shared what low back pain participants said were motivators that prompted them to begin the walking program (back pain improvement and better overall healthy lifestyle), to adhere to the program (walking was perceived as a safe exercise as opposed to high-impact exercise that they wanted out of fear of making their pain worse), and to finish the program (accountability, pleasure of the exercise and health benefits). (4) A newly planned study anticipates defining just how effective a walking and education program might be able to prevent low back pain recurrence as well as for cost. They’re calling it WalkBack. (5) Such a suitable name! Effectiveness and cost-savings can also be motivators to stick to a walking program.

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So if you are looking to add some physical activity to your life or you are attempting to re-gain your physically active life after an injury, illness or episode of back pain, just walk (after you check with your Fort Wayne chiropractor first!).  It may well be just what you are looking for!  Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Amanda Harris on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she explains treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management that allowed a patient to walk again without a cane.

Schedule an appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today for personalized advice about integrating walking into your chiropractic care plan.

Fort Wayne walking part of chiropractic treatment plan