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Effects of Sitting Combatted by Brooks Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You’ve heard this claim. Soft Health and Healing Clinic sees the effects of sitting in our Brooks 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.


Is the sitting and smoking a little harsh? Maybe. One medical report uncovered that 300 news articles cite this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does draw attention to the issue that sitting a lot isn’t healthy for anyone. 25% of adults including Brooks chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults are said to sit for even more time. (2) Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows 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% lead 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 separate from 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic encourages both, too!


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 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, particularly for low back pain sufferers? Dynamic strengthening exercises – those that concentrate on core and global stabilization as well as endurance in stabilizing musculature – displayed 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 effective and persisted for 12 weeks. (7) A bonus 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 experienced segmental instability. (8) Respiration is a big deal! 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 eased pain. (9) Exercise helps! It is 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 Brooks chiropractic appointment with Soft Health and Healing Clinic today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes you and back pain complicates it, Brooks chiropractic care is for you…together with striving to not sit that much and exercising a little more!

Soft Health and Healing Clinic encourages less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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