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How many of our muscles do we use regularly?

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Asked by: Paul Leslie, Chelmsford

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Just about all of them! But our least-used muscles are probably the lumbar multifidus muscles in the lower back. Studies have shown that prolonged slumping in front of the TV can inactivate these muscles. This can lead to back pain, and once inactivated they can take months to recover.


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Luis trained as a zoologist, but now works as a science and technology educator. In his spare time he builds 3D-printed robots, in the hope that he will be spared when the revolution inevitably comes.

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