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Effects of Sitting Combatted by Vancouver Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You’ve heard it. Vancouver Disc Centers sees the effects of sitting in our Vancouver chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and related issues. Let us discuss sitting and being sedentary workers and what we can do about it.

SITTING COMPARISON TO SMOKING

Is the sitting and smoking a little glaring? Maybe. One medical report found that 300 news articles mention this claim! (1) Harsh or not, it does call attention to the concern that sitting a lot is not healthy for anyone. 25% of adults including Vancouver chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours a day. Older adults supposedly sit for even more time. (2) Vancouver Disc Centers knows 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 tell us that low back pain sufferers’ activity levels are 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 boost muscle strength or flexibility. (3) Continued sitting presented a risk for all-cause mortality independent of 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) Vancouver Disc Centers 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 gym can’t really wipe away a lifetime of sitting. He also shared 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, particularly for low back pain sufferers? Dynamic strengthening exercises – those that concentrate on core and global stabilization as well as 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 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 lasted 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 experienced segmental instability. (8) Respiration is a big deal! Another study showed 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 Vancouver chiropractic appointment with Vancouver Disc Centers today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue defines you and back pain complicates it, Vancouver chiropractic care is for you…besides striving to not sit so much and exercising a little more!

 
Vancouver Disc Centers encourages less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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