Effects of Sitting Combatted by Pensacola Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You’ve heard it. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center sees the effects of sitting in our Pensacola chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and related 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 found that 300 news articles mention 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 Pensacola chiropractic patients and adults included sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults are said to sit even more. (2) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center realizes we all sit. We are not shaming you! We’re with you!

THE STATE OF NSCLBP in SEDENTARY WORKERS

Sitting is what we do. Researchers tell us that the activity level of low back pain suffers is low. Of 300 patients, 32.5% live sedentary lives, 48.5% had underactive lifestyles, and 68.3% of them didn’t do any activity to boost muscle strength or flexibility. (3) Continued sitting posed a risk for all-cause mortality unrelated to physical activity even if it’s of moderate to vigorous effort. The best suggestion is to decrease sitting time not just boost physical activity levels. (4) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center encourages both, too!

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

One author asserted the conundrum 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 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 focus on core and global stabilization plus 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 affects. (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 was more effective and lasted for 12 weeks. (7) A bonus 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, particularly for those with chronic lumbago in whom these exercises reduced pain. (9) Exercise helps! It isn’t everything for us sedentary folks, but exercise is a piece of the puzzle.

CONTACT Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center

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 Pensacola chiropractic appointment with Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue defines you and back pain complicates it, Pensacola chiropractic care is for you…besides trying not to sit that much and exercising a bit more!

 
Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center urges less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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