“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
WHAT CAN WE DO? EXERCISE (AND A BONUS: RESPIRATION
One author asserted the conundrum
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 piece
of the puzzle.
CONTACT The Novelli Wellness Center
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