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Effects of Sitting Combatted by Millville Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard this claim. Wilson Family Chiropractic sees the effects of sitting in our Millville chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and associated issues. Let us 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 uncovered that 300 news articles cite this claim! (1) Harsh or not, it does call attention to the issue that sitting a lot isn’t healthy for anyone. 25% of adults including Millville chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours a day. Older adults are said to sit even more. (2) Wilson Family Chiropractic realizes we all sit. We’re not shaming you! We’re with you!

THE STATE OF NSCLBP in SEDENTARY WORKERS

Sitting is what we do. Researchers report to us that the activity level of low back pain suffers is low. Of 300 patients, 32.5% lead sedentary lives, 48.5% live 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) Wilson Family Chiropractic urges both, too!

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

One author asserted the challenge of the “exercise to buffer sitting’s effect” implication as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly trips to the fitness center can’t really erase a lifetime of sitting. He also shared that fixing the sitting issue by standing has its own problems (beyond its being uncomfortable!) like varicose veins and foot pain. (5) So what then, particularly 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 affects. (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 proved more effective and persisted 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 important! Another study demonstrated that forced breathing exercise therapy effectively enhanced trunk stability and daily living activities in chronic low back pain patients, particularly for those with chronic lumbago in whom these exercises eased pain. (9) Exercise works! It’s not 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 Millville chiropractic appointment with Wilson Family Chiropractic today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes you and back pain makes matters worse, Millville chiropractic care is for you…besides striving to not sit that much and exercising a little more!

 
Wilson Family Chiropractic encourages less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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