Is SITTING the new *smoking*? (…Causing Back & Shoulder Pain)

 
But is it a good one?
 
Sitting is something that was once done only when you needed a rest.
 

But not anymore.

Sitting has now almost become what I call a dangerous norm.

Whether in your car commuting, at work, eating dinner, drinking coffee, chatting with a friend,  watching TV, or to using your computer, we’re all constantly sitting. Think about your typical daily routine for a moment and you might realize that you spend an alarming number of hours sitting down. If it’s more than 9, you could have problems. And here’s why:

 
We were NOT designed to sit.  Our bodies are not shaped to do so nor do they have the natural ability to cope with spending all of our time sitting. In fact, sitting has become so prevalent that it’s very unlikely you’ll ever question how much of it you do.
 
It’s a case of everyone else is doing lots of it, so it must be OK. According to recent studies prolonged sitting is now very similar to the smoking boom of previous generations – “everyone did it” and nobody ever questioned it until the damaging health studies were produced, some years later.
 
The reality is you and I need to sit LESS.
 
 
According to James A. Levine M.D., PhD a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist, who is a leading researcher on the health hazards of sitting too much.:
 
Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
 
Excessive sitting in the wrong (slouched) positions is also the number one cause of back pain as well as neck and shoulder tension. Especially for people in their 40’s and 50’s who visit my Physical Therapy clinic. The pressure from poor sitting damages the lower back and can lead to things like sciatica and stiffness in neck joints.
 
All of these things combined are the reasons why that you shouldn’t be surprised if your work place introduces a standing desk area. I’m serious, too. They’re really effect at allowing you to carry on with your work but reduce impact through your spine significantly.
 
Here’s a few other tips too:
 
  • Next time you have a meeting, can you take a walk and do it?
  • If you need to talk for a while on your mobile, go for a walk outside to do it.
  • And if you’re meeting up with friends for a coffee this weekend, find a nice park or sea side and take a stroll with a take away cup in hand (not too many though – remember caffeine is only helpful in small doses)

 

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More free tips here: 

 

www.AIDPPT.com/back-pain

 

And

www.AIDPPT. com/neck-shoulder-pain


Click one of the links to get more information 

Andrew Dombek, PT, MSPT, CMTPT, CGFI

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