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Effects of Sitting Combatted by Ashburn Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard this claim. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn sees the effects of sitting in our Ashburn chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and related issues. Let us explore 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 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 Ashburn chiropractic patients and adults included sit more than 8 hours a day. Older adults supposedly sit even more. (2) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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% live sedentary lives, 48.5% had underactive lifestyles, and 68.3% of them didn’t 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 the quantity of sitting not just boost physical activity levels. (4) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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” suggestion as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly trips to the fitness center can’t 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 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 bothers. (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 was more helpful and persisted 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 important! Another study demonstrated that forced breathing exercise therapy effectively enhanced 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’s 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 bothers us sitting folks.

Schedule you Ashburn chiropractic appointment with Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes you and back pain makes matters worse, Ashburn chiropractic care is for you…besides trying not to sit so much and exercising a little more!

 
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn encourages less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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