Effects of Sitting Combatted by Fort Wayne Exercise and Not Sitting!02/18/2020“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You’ve heard it. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC sees the effects of sitting in our Fort Wayne chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and related issues. Let us discuss 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 uncovered that 300 news articles allude to this claim! (1) Harsh or not, it does call attention to the issue that sitting a lot isn’t healthy for anyone. 25% of adults including Fort Wayne chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours a day. Older adults are said to sit for even more time. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC knows we all sit. We’re not shaming you! We are 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% live underactive lifestyles, and 68.3% of them didn’t do any activity to increase 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 the quantity of sitting not just increase physical activity levels. (4) Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC encourages 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” implication 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 shared 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, especially for low back pain sufferers? Dynamic strengthening exercises – those that focus on core and global stabilization plus 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 precisely, 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 a big deal! Another study showed 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 reduced pain. (9) Exercise works! It is not everything for us sedentary folks, but exercise is a part of the solution. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue defines you and back pain complicates it, Fort Wayne chiropractic care is for you…together with striving to not sit that much and exercising a bit more! « View All Featured Exercises"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page."