October Newsletter

Fidgeting is good for you!

We’ve all done it, tapped our toe in frustration, eager to be gone and off doing something more interesting. We’ve crossed our legs and moved our foot in timing with the music appreciating the beat as tho through the sole of our shoe. And we’ve jiggled our leg in expectation, ready to jump up and get going. Fidgeting, we all do it.

But rather than scolding someone for fidgeting we may now need to actually encourage it. A new study (1) suggests fidgeting is actually good for us. What previous research has shown is that sitting for prolonged periods, such as long plane flights or unending hours hunched over your computer, significantly reduces blood flow to our legs. We’ve all been warned about getting up and moving about on a long haul flight to keep our blood circulating. What health authorities are worried about of course is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is essentially a blood clot forming in the deep veins of your leg. And with a blood clot comes the threat of pulmonary embolism. That’s when the blood clot in your leg detaches from the leg wall and travels up the pulmonary artery to your lungs. And whilst a blood clot in your leg may not be life threatening, one in your pulmonary artery most certainly is. Read full article.

“You should attempt to break up sitting time as much as possible by standing or walking,” Padilla said. “But if you’re stuck in a situation in which walking just isn’t an option, fidgeting can be a good alternative. Any movement is better than no movement.”


(1)Prolonged sitting-induced leg endothelial dysfunction is prevented by fidgeting. Morishima T, Restaino RM, Walsh LK, Kanaley JA, Fadel PJ, Padilla J. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2016 Jul 1;311(1):H177-82. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00297.2016. Epub 2016 May 27.v


We will be holding a stall at Berkhamsted market on Wednesday 12th October so if you'd like to bring a friend or relative along this is a great opportiunity to find out what chiropractic is all about, meet some of our Chiropractors and take away some information. See you there!