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Patients with back or neck pain are often advised to increase their physical activity to reduce pain.


But new research indicates there are patients for whom this is not necessarily good advice, according to PhD student Cecilie K. Øverås from The Department of Public Health and Nursing at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway and the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.


- Regular physical activity is still an important key to health and prevention of disease. Our message is that those who have physical jobs may benefit from occasional breaks during the working day. This would reduce the risk of back and neck pain, Cecilie K. Øverås says in an interview on the Norwegian website www.gemini.no (article in Norwegian)


Her conclusion is based on a study and a paper titled “Association between objectively measured physical behaviour and neck‐ and/or low back pain: A systematic review”, published by her and her co-authors in European Journal of Pain.


Among other things in the interview on gemini.no, Cecilie K. Øverås also explains that recreational physical activity is good. The difference may be because the two types of physical activities are different. Work-based physical activity is often monotonous, while recreational physical activities are varied, the Norwegian researcher points out.


Cecilie k. Øverås, Morten Villumsen, Iben Axén, Miriam Cabrita, Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde, Jan Hartvigsen, Paul J. Monk. Association between objectively measured physical behaviour and neck‐ and/or low back pain: A systematic review. European Journal of Pain