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Effects of Sitting Combatted by Auburn Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You’ve heard this claim. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. sees the effects of sitting in our Auburn 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 stated that 300 news articles cite 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 including Auburn chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults are said to sit for even more time. (2) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. 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 tell us that the activity level of low back pain suffers is 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 increase muscle strength or flexibility. (3) Continued sitting created a risk for all-cause mortality unrelated to physical activity even if it is of moderate to vigorous effort. The best suggestion is to reduce sitting time not just boost physical activity levels. (4) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. 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 contended 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 concentrate on core and global stabilization as well as endurance in stabilizing musculature – showed better improvement in pain relief and better function particularly in the lumbar multifidus and transversus abdominus which are 2 muscles that low back pain bothers. (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 lasted for 12 weeks. (7) An advantage 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 had 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 works! 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 irritates us sitting folks.

Schedule you Auburn chiropractic appointment with Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes you and back pain complicates it, Auburn chiropractic care is for you…in addition to striving to not sit so much and exercising a little more!

 
Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. encourages less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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