Effects of Sitting Combatted by Fernandina Beach Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard this claim. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic sees the effects of sitting in our Fernandina Beach chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and related issues. Let’s explore sitting and being sedentary workers and what our options might be.

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 draw attention to the issue that sitting a lot is not healthy for anyone. 25% of adults including Fernandina Beach chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours a day. Older adults are said to sit even more. (2) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic realizes we all sit. We are not shaming you! We are with you!

THE STATE OF NSCLBP in SEDENTARY WORKERS

Sitting is what we do. Researchers report to 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’s of moderate to vigorous effort. The best suggestion is to reduce the quantity of sitting not just increase physical activity levels. (4) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic encourages 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” implication as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly visits 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 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 concentrate on core and global stabilization as well as endurance in stabilizing musculature – showed better improvement in pain relief and better function particularly in the lumbar multifidus and transversus abdominus which are two muscles that low back pain bothers. (6) More precisely, 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 was more effective 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 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, particularly for those with chronic lumbago in whom these exercises reduced pain. (9) Exercise works! It isn’t everything for us sedentary folks, but exercise is a piece of the puzzle.

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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 Fernandina Beach chiropractic appointment with Amelia Chiropractic Clinic today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue defines you and back pain makes matters worse, Fernandina Beach chiropractic care is for you…together with striving to not sit that much and exercising a little more!

 
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic encourages less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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