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Effects of Sitting Combatted by Carrolltown Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard this claim. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation sees the effects of sitting in our Carrolltown chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and associated issues. Let’s look at sitting and being sedentary workers and what our options might be.

SITTING COMPARISON TO SMOKING

Is the sitting and smoking a little glaring? Maybe. One medical report uncovered that 300 news articles mention this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does draw attention to the concern that sitting a lot isn’t healthy for anyone. 25% of adults Carrolltown chiropractic patients and adults included sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults are said to sit for even more time. (2) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation realizes we all sit. We’re not shaming you! We are 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 enhance muscle strength or flexibility. (3) Continued sitting posed a risk for all-cause mortality independent of physical activity even if it’s of moderate to vigorous effort. The best suggestion is to decrease the quantity of sitting not just increase physical activity levels. (4) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation urges both, too!

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

One author opined the challenge of the “exercise to buffer sitting’s effect” suggestion as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly visits to the gym can’t really erase a lifetime of sitting. He also contended that fixing the sitting issue by standing has its own issues (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 focus on core and global stabilization as well as endurance in stabilizing musculature – displayed better improvement in pain relief and better function especially in the lumbar multifidus and transversus abdominus which are 2 muscles that low back pain bothers. (6) More specifically, a 20-week lumbar stabilization exercise and muscle strengthening exercise program reduced low back pain and functional disability in sedentary workers. A lumbar stabilization exercise program proved more helpful and lasted for 12 weeks. (7) A bonus to lumbar segmental stabilization exercise is that it activated the deep muscles and boosted 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 enhanced trunk stability and daily living activities in chronic low back pain patients, especially for those with chronic lumbago in whom these exercises eased pain. (9) Exercise works! It isn’t everything for us sedentary folks, but exercise is a part of the solution.

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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 irritates us sitting folks.

Schedule you Carrolltown chiropractic appointment with Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue defines you and back pain makes matters worse, Carrolltown chiropractic care is for you…together with striving to not sit so much and exercising a bit more!

 
Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation encourages less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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