Effects of Sitting Combatted by Manchester Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You’ve heard it. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries sees the effects of sitting in our Manchester chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and related 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 found that 300 news articles cite this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does highlight the concern that sitting a lot is not healthy for anyone. 25% of adults Manchester chiropractic patients and adults included sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults supposedly sit even more. (2) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries 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 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 boost 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 decrease sitting time not just boost physical activity levels. (4) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries encourages both, too!

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

One author opined the conundrum of the “exercise to buffer sitting’s effect” implication 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 focus on core and global stabilization plus endurance in stabilizing musculature – displayed better improvement in pain relief and better function particularly in the lumbar multifidus and transversus abdominus which are 2 muscles that low back pain affects. (6) More precisely, a 20-week lumbar stabilization exercise and muscle strengthening exercise program decreased 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 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 improved 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 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 Manchester chiropractic appointment with Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes you and back pain complicates it, Manchester chiropractic care is for you…in addition to trying not to sit that much and exercising a bit more!

 
Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries urges less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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