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Effects of Sitting Combatted by Malverne Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard this claim. Malverne Health & Wellness sees the effects of sitting in our Malverne chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and associated issues. Let us consider sitting and being sedentary workers and what our options might be.


Is the sitting and smoking a little harsh? Maybe. One medical report uncovered that 300 news articles allude to this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does call attention to the concern that sitting a lot isn’t healthy for anyone. 25% of adults including Malverne chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours a day. Older adults are said to sit for even more time. (2) Malverne Health & Wellness knows we all sit. We’re not shaming you! We’re with you!


Sitting is what we do. Researchers tell 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 didn’t 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’s of moderate to vigorous effort. The best suggestion is to decrease the quantity of sitting not just boost physical activity levels. (4) Malverne Health & Wellness supports 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 can’t 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, especially 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 2 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 was more helpful and persisted 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 experienced segmental instability. (8) Respiration is important! Another study demonstrated 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 reduced pain. (9) Exercise works! 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 irritates us sitting folks.

Schedule you Malverne chiropractic appointment with Malverne Health & Wellness today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue defines you and back pain makes matters worse, Malverne chiropractic care is for you…together with striving to not sit that much and exercising a little more!

Malverne Health & Wellness urges less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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