Effects of Sitting Combatted by Sandy Springs Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard this claim. Cross Chiropractic Center sees the effects of sitting in our Sandy Springs chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and associated issues. Let’s consider sitting and being sedentary workers and what we can do about it.

SITTING COMPARISON TO SMOKING

Is the sitting and smoking a little harsh? Maybe. One medical report stated that 300 news articles allude to this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does call attention to the concern that sitting a lot is not healthy for anyone. 25% of adults Sandy Springs chiropractic patients and adults included sit more than 8 hours a day. Older adults supposedly sit for even more time. (2) Cross Chiropractic Center knows we all sit. We are not shaming you! We’re with you!

THE STATE OF NSCLBP in SEDENTARY WORKERS

Sitting is what we do. Researchers tell us that low back pain sufferers’ activity levels are low. Of 300 patients, 32.5% lead sedentary lives, 48.5% had underactive lifestyles, and 68.3% of them didn’t do any activity to increase muscle strength or flexibility. (3) Continued sitting created a risk for all-cause mortality independent of physical activity even if it is of moderate to vigorous effort. The best suggestion is to reduce the quantity of sitting not just increase physical activity levels. (4) Cross Chiropractic Center supports both, too!

WHAT CAN WE DO? EXERCISE (AND A BONUS: RESPIRATION IMPROVEMENT)

One author asserted the conundrum of the “exercise to buffer sitting’s effect” implication as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly trips to the gym can’t really wipe away a lifetime of sitting. He also contended that fixing the sitting issue by standing has its own problems (beyond its being uncomfortable!) like foot pain and varicose veins. (5) So what then, especially for low back pain sufferers? Dynamic strengthening exercises – those that concentrate on core and global stabilization plus endurance in stabilizing musculature – showed better improvement in pain relief and better function particularly in the lumbar multifidus and transversus abdominus which are 2 muscles that low back pain affects. (6) More precisely, a 20-week lumbar stabilization exercise and muscle strengthening exercise program decreased low back pain and functional disability in sedentary workers. A lumbar stabilization exercise program was more helpful and persisted for 12 weeks. (7) An advantage to lumbar segmental stabilization exercise is that it activated the deep muscles and enhanced respiratory function and pressure in chronic low back pain patient who had segmental instability. (8) Respiration is important! Another study showed that forced breathing exercise therapy effectively improved trunk stability and daily living activities in chronic low back pain patients, especially for those with chronic lumbago in whom these exercises decreased pain. (9) Exercise helps! It’s not everything for us sedentary folks, but exercise is a piece of the puzzle.

CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Shawn Nelson on The Back Doctors Podcast about The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management’s role in back pain management to help a runner re-gain his stride despite his facet syndrome back pain condition that bothers us sitting folks.

Schedule you Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment with Cross Chiropractic Center today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes you and back pain makes matters worse, Sandy Springs chiropractic care is for you…besides trying not to sit that much and exercising a bit more!

 
Cross Chiropractic Center urges less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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