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Effects of Sitting Combatted by St. Francisville Exercise and Not Sitting!

“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.


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!


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 both, too!


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.

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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 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 more!

Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville urges less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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