Effects of Sitting Combatted by Paramus Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard this claim. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center sees the effects of sitting in our Paramus chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and related issues. Let’s look at 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) Glaring or not, it does call attention to the concern that sitting a lot is not healthy for anyone. 25% of adults Paramus chiropractic patients and adults included sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults are said to sit even more. (2) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center realizes 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 report to us that low back pain sufferers’ activity levels are low. Of 300 patients, 32.5% lead sedentary lives, 48.5% had underactive lifestyles, and 68.3% of them did not do any activity to boost muscle strength or flexibility. (3) Continued sitting created 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 the quantity of sitting not just boost physical activity levels. (4) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center supports 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” suggestion as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly trips to the fitness center isn’t able to 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 as well as endurance in stabilizing musculature – showed better improvement in pain relief and better function especially in the lumbar multifidus and transversus abdominus which are 2 muscles that low back pain affects. (6) More specifically, 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 helpful and persisted 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 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 isn’t 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 Paramus chiropractic appointment with Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue defines you and back pain makes matters worse, Paramus chiropractic care is for you…in addition to striving to not sit so much and exercising a little more!

 
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center encourages less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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