Effects of Sitting Combatted by Fort Wayne Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard it. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic sees the effects of sitting in our Fort Wayne chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and related issues. Let us explore sitting and being sedentary workers and what we can do about it.

SITTING COMPARISON TO SMOKING

Is the sitting and smoking a little harsh? Maybe. One medical report uncovered that 300 news articles cite 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic patients and adults included sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults supposedly sit even more. (2) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic realizes we all sit. We’re not shaming you! We’re with you!

THE STATE OF NSCLBP in SEDENTARY WORKERS

Sitting is what we do. Researchers document 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 created a risk for all-cause mortality independent of 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) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic 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” suggestion as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly trips 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 issues (beyond its being uncomfortable!) like foot pain and varicose veins. (5) So what then, especially for low back pain sufferers? Dynamic strengthening exercises – those that focus 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 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 proved more helpful and persisted 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 experienced segmental instability. (8) Respiration is important! 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 reduced 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 bothers us sitting folks.

Schedule you Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with Aaron Chiropractic Clinic today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes you and back pain makes matters worse, Fort Wayne chiropractic care is for you…together with striving to not sit so much and exercising a little more!

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