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Effects of Sitting Combatted by New Roads Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard this claim. New Roads Chiropractic Center sees the effects of sitting in our New Roads chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and associated issues. Let us discuss sitting and being sedentary workers and what we can do about it.


Is the sitting and smoking a little harsh? Maybe. One medical report uncovered that 300 news articles mention this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does highlight the issue that sitting a lot isn’t healthy for anyone. 25% of adults including New Roads chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours a day. Older adults supposedly sit even more. (2) New Roads Chiropractic Center realizes we all sit. We’re not shaming you! We are 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 boost muscle strength or flexibility. (3) Continued sitting presented a risk for all-cause mortality separate from physical activity even if it is of moderate to vigorous effort. The best suggestion is to reduce sitting time not just increase physical activity levels. (4) New Roads Chiropractic 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 visits to the fitness center can’t really wipe away a lifetime of sitting. He also contended that fixing the sitting issue by standing has its own problems (beyond its being uncomfortable!) like foot pain and varicose veins. (5) So what then, particularly 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 particularly in the lumbar multifidus and transversus abdominus which are two muscles that low back pain bothers. (6) More precisely, 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 helpful and lasted for 12 weeks. (7) A bonus 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 important! Another study demonstrated 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 helps! 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 bothers us sitting folks.

Schedule you New Roads chiropractic appointment with New Roads Chiropractic Center today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes you and back pain makes matters worse, New Roads chiropractic care is for you…besides striving to not sit that much and exercising a little more!

New Roads Chiropractic Center encourages less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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