Warning: Consult a Physician Before Beginning Any Program of Physical Inactivity

Con­sult a physi­cian before begin­ning any pro­gram of phys­i­cal inac­tiv­i­ty.

I stole this iron­i­cal­ly-word­ed phrase from an arti­cle I just read “Seden­tary Liv­ing is A Dan­ger­ous State of Being” by Martha Peter­son in Pain Relief Through Move­ment. 

The arti­cle does a refresh­ing job of express­ing some of the themes I repeat­ed­ly stress with my patients, such as the need for a high lev­el of phys­i­cal activ­i­ty and the sheer bio­log­i­cal absur­di­ty of the seden­tary life.

She also uses the phrase “Sen­so­ry-Motor Amne­sia” to talk about the cen­tral role the brain plays in move­ment and health.  I’ll quote from her arti­cle:

Most mus­cle pain prob­lems are not the result of weak or faulty struc­ture; they are the result of a loss of prop­er mus­cle con­trol at the brain lev­el.

Motion is the norm.  Learn­ing new move­ment skills main­tains brain fit­ness through­out life.

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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or at 212-400-9663.

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