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Effects of Sitting Combatted by Murfreesboro Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You’ve heard it. Most Chiropractic Clinic sees the effects of sitting in our Murfreesboro chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and related issues. Let’s consider sitting and being sedentary workers and what we can do about it.


Is the sitting and smoking a little glaring? Maybe. One medical report found that 300 news articles allude to this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does draw attention to the issue that sitting a lot is not healthy for anyone. 25% of adults Murfreesboro chiropractic patients and adults included sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults are said to sit even more. (2) Most Chiropractic Clinic knows we all sit. We are not shaming you! We are with you!


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% 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 independent of physical activity even if it’s of moderate to vigorous effort. The best suggestion is to reduce sitting time not just increase physical activity levels. (4) Most Chiropractic Clinic supports both, too!


One author opined the conundrum of the “exercise to buffer sitting’s effect” suggestion as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly visits to the fitness center isn’t able to really wipe away a lifetime of sitting. He also shared that fixing the sitting issue by standing has its own issues (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 especially 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 reduced low back pain and functional disability in sedentary workers. A lumbar stabilization exercise program was more effective and lasted 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 had segmental instability. (8) Respiration is a big deal! Another study showed that forced breathing exercise therapy effectively improved trunk stability and daily living activities in chronic low back pain patients, particularly for those with chronic lumbago in whom these exercises eased pain. (9) Exercise helps! 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 Murfreesboro chiropractic appointment with Most Chiropractic Clinic today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue describes you and back pain complicates it, Murfreesboro chiropractic care is for you…in addition to trying not to sit so much and exercising a little more!

Most Chiropractic Clinic urges less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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