Effects of Sitting Combatted by Lynchburg Exercise and Not Sitting!

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


Is the sitting and smoking a little harsh? Maybe. One medical report stated that 300 news articles cite this claim! (1) Harsh or not, it does call attention to the issue that sitting a lot is not healthy for anyone. 25% of adults including Lynchburg chiropractic patients and adults sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults supposedly sit even more. (2) Palmer Chiropractic Center realizes we all sit. We are not shaming you! We’re 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% live 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 unrelated to physical activity even if it’s of moderate to vigorous effort. The best suggestion is to decrease sitting time not just increase physical activity levels. (4) Palmer Chiropractic Center 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 gym isn’t able to really erase 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 – 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 affects. (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 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 had segmental instability. (8) Respiration is important! Another study showed 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 decreased 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 bothers us sitting folks.

Schedule you Lynchburg chiropractic appointment with Palmer Chiropractic Center today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue defines you and back pain makes matters worse, Lynchburg chiropractic care is for you…together with trying not to sit that much and exercising a bit more!

Palmer Chiropractic Center urges less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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