By Daniel Rogers, D.C.
“Sitting is the new smoking.” It’s a commonly used phrase across healthcare and the internet alike. If you’re working a 9-to-5 office job, you’re stuck at your desk practically all day, and you’re probably confused when you experience back pain. “I shouldn’t be hurting this bad! It’s not like I do a lot of heavy lifting at work!” you think. As a chiropractor in Richmond, Kentucky, I see it daily.
Well it’s not that simple, and if you sit immobile more often than you don’t, you have likely learned the hard way. Various studies on the matter show that the average American spends between 7 and 9 hours a day sitting down. Think about that: if you get 8 hours of sleep, that leaves 16 hours. Most people spend over half of that time in a chair.
Sitting hurts in many ways. It increases your chances of obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, and a host of other problems. Keeping your legs bent and your low back in a flexed forward position shortens the muscles of the back of your legs and front of the hips and pulls your pelvis into a position that puts tension on your low back muscles. The increased stress on your lumbar discs increases your chances for disc bulges and herniations. Your upper back is likely to hunch forward, putting stress on your mid back, neck, and shoulders. Years of sitting puts your posture in a catastrophic state.
There are options to reverse the effects of “sitting disease”. First, find a way to stand more at work and at home. Try to stand at least 5-10 minutes for every hour of sitting. Standing desks are available as well. Use one, and once you adjust to it, you won’t be sorry. Next, see a chiropractor. Here at BluegrassChiro in Richmond, we can use chiropractic adjustments to get your pelvic and spinal joints working optimally as well as show you stretches and exercises to help your posture. Your problem can be fixed!
Daniel Rogers, D.C.
BluegrassChiro – Richmond
301 Big Hill Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
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