Effects of Sitting Combatted by Buffalo, NY Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard this claim. The Novelli Wellness Center sees the effects of sitting in our Buffalo, NY 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 glaring? Maybe. One medical report found that 300 news articles allude to this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does call attention to the concern that sitting a lot isn’t healthy for anyone. 25% of adults including Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults supposedly sit for even more time. (2) The Novelli Wellness 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 tell us that low back pain sufferers’ activity levels are low. Of 300 patients, 32.5% live sedentary lives, 48.5% had 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 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) The Novelli Wellness Center encourages both, too!

WHAT CAN WE DO? EXERCISE (AND A BONUS: RESPIRATION IMPROVEMENT)

One author asserted the challenge of the “exercise to buffer sitting’s effect” implication as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly visits to the gym can’t really erase a lifetime of sitting. He also contended 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 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 effective 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 improved trunk stability and daily living activities in chronic low back pain patients, especially for those with chronic lumbago in whom these exercises reduced pain. (9) Exercise works! It is 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 irritates us sitting folks.

Schedule you Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment with The Novelli Wellness Center today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue defines you and back pain makes matters worse, Buffalo, NY chiropractic care is for you…together with striving to not sit so much and exercising a little more!

 
The Novelli Wellness Center encourages less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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