“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You’ve
heard it. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville sees the effects of sitting in our
St. Francisville chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain
and related issues. Let’s discuss
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 allude
to this claim! (1) Harsh or not, it does call attention to the concern that
sitting a lot isn’t healthy for anyone. 25% of adults including St. Francisville
chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours daily.
Older adults are said to sit even more.
(2) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville realizes 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 document
that the activity level of low back pain suffers is 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 unrelated to physical
activity even if it is of moderate to vigorous effort. The best
suggestion is to decrease sitting time
not just boost physical activity levels. (4) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville encourages
WHAT CAN WE DO? EXERCISE (AND A BONUS: RESPIRATION
One author asserted the challenge
of the “exercise to buffer sitting’s effect” suggestion as an
“inconvenient truth”: a few weekly visits to the fitness center
isn’t able to really erase 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 – 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 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 proved more helpful and lasted
for 12 weeks. (7) An advantage 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 experienced
segmental instability. (8) Respiration is a big deal! 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 works! It isn’t
everything for us sedentary folks, but exercise is a part of the solution.
CONTACT Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville
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 St. Francisville chiropractic appointment
with Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes
you and back pain complicates it, St. Francisville
chiropractic care is for you…in addition to striving
to not sit so much and exercising a bit