Effects of Sitting Combatted by Pflugerville Exercise and Not Sitting!

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


Is the sitting and smoking a little harsh? Maybe. One medical report found that 300 news articles mention this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does highlight the issue that sitting a lot isn’t healthy for anyone. 25% of adults Pflugerville chiropractic patients and adults included sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults supposedly sit for even more time. (2) Pflugerville Wellness Center realizes we all sit. We’re not shaming you! We’re with you!


Sitting is what we do. Researchers document 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 created a risk for all-cause mortality unrelated to physical activity even if it is of moderate to vigorous effort. The best suggestion is to decrease the quantity of sitting not just increase physical activity levels. (4) Pflugerville Wellness Center urges both, too!


One author opined the conundrum of the “exercise to buffer sitting’s effect” implication as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly visits to the fitness center can’t really wipe away a lifetime of sitting. He also contended that fixing the sitting issue by standing has its own issues (beyond its being uncomfortable!) like foot pain and varicose veins. (5) So what then, particularly for low back pain sufferers? Dynamic strengthening exercises – those that focus 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 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 proved more helpful and lasted for 12 weeks. (7) An advantage 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 showed 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 decreased pain. (9) Exercise works! 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 bothers us sitting folks.

Schedule you Pflugerville chiropractic appointment with Pflugerville Wellness Center today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue defines you and back pain complicates it, Pflugerville chiropractic care is for you…together with striving to not sit so much and exercising a little more!

Pflugerville Wellness Center urges less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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