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Effects of Sitting Combatted by Montreal Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard this claim. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic sees the effects of sitting in our Montreal chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and related issues. Let’s 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 uncovered that 300 news articles cite this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does highlight the issue that sitting a lot is not healthy for anyone. 25% of adults Montreal chiropractic patients and adults included sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults are said to sit even more. (2) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic knows we all sit. We are not shaming you! We are with you!

THE STATE OF NSCLBP in SEDENTARY WORKERS

Sitting is what we do. Researchers report to 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 did not do any activity to enhance muscle strength or flexibility. (3) Continued sitting presented a risk for all-cause mortality independent of 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) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic urges 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” implication as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly visits to the gym isn’t able to 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 concentrate 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 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 persisted 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 experienced segmental instability. (8) Respiration is important! Another study showed 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 eased 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 irritates us sitting folks.

Schedule you Montreal chiropractic appointment with Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue defines you and back pain makes matters worse, Montreal chiropractic care is for you…in addition to striving to not sit so much and exercising a bit more!

 
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic urges less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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