“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely
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
WHAT CAN WE DO? EXERCISE (AND A BONUS: RESPIRATION
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 important! 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.
CONTACT Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries
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 makes matters worse, Manchester
chiropractic care is for you…in addition to trying not to sit that much and exercising a bit