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Effects of Sitting Combatted by Manahawkin Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard it. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center sees the effects of sitting in our Manahawkin chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and associated issues. Let’s look at sitting and being sedentary workers and what we can do about it.

SITTING COMPARISON TO SMOKING

Is the sitting and smoking a little glaring? Maybe. One medical report uncovered that 300 news articles allude to this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does draw attention to the issue that sitting a lot is not healthy for anyone. 25% of adults Manahawkin chiropractic patients and adults included sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults supposedly sit for even more time. (2) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center realizes we all sit. We are not shaming you! We’re with you!

THE STATE OF NSCLBP in SEDENTARY WORKERS

Sitting is what we do. Researchers document 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 did not do any activity to enhance muscle strength or flexibility. (3) Continued sitting posed a risk for all-cause mortality separate from 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) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center supports 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” implication as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly trips to the fitness center isn’t able to really erase a lifetime of sitting. He also shared that fixing the sitting issue by standing has its own problems (beyond its being uncomfortable!) like varicose veins and foot pain. (5) So what then, especially for low back pain sufferers? Dynamic strengthening exercises – those that concentrate on core and global stabilization as well as endurance in stabilizing musculature – displayed better improvement in pain relief and better function particularly in the lumbar multifidus and transversus abdominus which are two muscles that low back pain affects. (6) More specifically, a 20-week lumbar stabilization exercise and muscle strengthening exercise program reduced low back pain and functional disability in sedentary workers. A lumbar stabilization exercise program proved more helpful and lasted 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 enhanced trunk stability and daily living activities in chronic low back pain patients, particularly for those with chronic lumbago in whom these exercises eased pain. (9) Exercise helps! It isn’t everything for us sedentary folks, but exercise is a piece of the puzzle.

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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 Manahawkin chiropractic appointment with Manahawkin Chiropractic Center today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes you and back pain makes matters worse, Manahawkin chiropractic care is for you…in addition to trying not to sit so much and exercising a bit more!

 
Manahawkin Chiropractic Center encourages less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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