Effects of Sitting Combatted by West Palm Beach Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You’ve heard it. Moses Chiropractic sees the effects of sitting in our West Palm Beach chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and associated issues. Let us consider 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 concern that sitting a lot is not healthy for anyone. 25% of adults including West Palm Beach chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours a day. Older adults are said to sit even more. (2) Moses Chiropractic knows 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% live sedentary lives, 48.5% live underactive lifestyles, and 68.3% of them did not do any activity to enhance muscle strength or flexibility. (3) Continued sitting presented a risk for all-cause mortality separate from physical activity even if it is of moderate to vigorous effort. The best suggestion is to reduce the quantity of sitting not just boost physical activity levels. (4) Moses Chiropractic 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” suggestion as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly visits to the fitness center can’t really wipe away a lifetime of sitting. He also shared that fixing the sitting issue by standing has its own issues (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 especially in the lumbar multifidus and transversus abdominus which are two 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 persisted for 12 weeks. (7) A bonus to lumbar segmental stabilization exercise is that it activated the deep muscles and enhanced respiratory function and pressure in chronic low back pain patient who had segmental instability. (8) Respiration is a big deal! Another study demonstrated 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 decreased pain. (9) Exercise helps! It is not 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 bothers us sitting folks.

Schedule you West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment with Moses Chiropractic today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes you and back pain complicates it, West Palm Beach chiropractic care is for you…besides striving to not sit so much and exercising a bit more!

 
Moses Chiropractic urges less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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