Effects of Sitting Combatted by Severna Park Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You’ve heard this claim. Back And Neck Care Center sees the effects of sitting in our Severna Park chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and associated issues. Let us look at sitting and being sedentary workers and what we can do about it.


Is the sitting and smoking a little glaring? Maybe. One medical report stated that 300 news articles mention this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does call attention to the issue that sitting a lot is not healthy for anyone. 25% of adults including Severna Park chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours a day. Older adults supposedly sit for even more time. (2) Back And Neck Care Center knows we all sit. We are not shaming you! We’re with you!


Sitting is what we do. Researchers report to 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 did not do any activity to enhance muscle strength or flexibility. (3) Continued sitting presented a risk for all-cause mortality unrelated to 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) Back And Neck Care Center encourages both, too!


One author asserted the challenge of the “exercise to buffer sitting’s effect” implication as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly trips to the gym can’t really erase a lifetime of sitting. He also contended 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, particularly for low back pain sufferers? Dynamic strengthening exercises – those that focus on core and global stabilization plus 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 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 proved more effective and lasted 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 had segmental instability. (8) Respiration is a big deal! 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 decreased pain. (9) Exercise works! It’s not 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 Severna Park chiropractic appointment with Back And Neck Care Center today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes you and back pain complicates it, Severna Park chiropractic care is for you…besides striving to not sit so much and exercising a bit more!

Back And Neck Care Center encourages less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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