Caboolture has its fair share of office workers and of course many people like to sit and relax after a hard day’s work, but you should consider that excessive sitting can cause back pain and much more. Can sitting be as bad for your health as smoking?
The sitting epidemic is considered to be a a ticking time bomb of ill health, just waiting to explode and there is a lot of research to prove just that.
In a typical day we can spend on average around 7.5 hours sleeping. Commuting and sitting at work, up to 10 hours, and leisure time between 1 and 4 hours of sitting.
There are many ways Excessive Sitting can harm you:
- Brain: Excessive sitting has been linked to increased incidence of senile dementia and to depression.
- Stroke: Extended periods of sitting can cause your blood to clot, clots can travel to the brain causing transient ischemia, a stroke.
- Cervical Spine: Neck muscles are placed under abnormal load due to reversal of normal neck curvature leading to pain. Excess fluid in the legs, edema, from sitting moves to the neck at night and contributes to sleep apnea.
- Heart: If you lead a sedentary lifestyle you are three times as likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes and Coronary Disease.
- Pulmonary: You are three times as likely to develop blood clots, thrombosis, in the lungs, if you sit most of the day.
- Arteries: Reduced physical activity leads to High Blood Pressure, which in turn can cause kidney disease and contribute to heart disease.
- Abdominal: Sedentary lifestyle also contributes to Obesity and many forms of Cancer, including Colon Cancer.
- Lower Extremities: Fluid collects in the legs while sitting. Physical activity helps move it through the body. Poor circulation in the feet can cause nerve damage, neuritis,
- Back Pain: Sitting for extended periods of time places abnormal forces on the spine and loss of normal physiological curvature which can result in compression of the intervertebral discs, tight muscles and diminished physiological reflexes, which with movement upon standing can lead to injury of the spine. Chiropractic adjustments help restore normal reflexes resulting in less occurrence of back pain.
So, Remember the 3 S’s
SIT ~ STAND ~ STRETCH
- 20 minutes of sitting
- 7 minutes of standing
- 3 minutes of gentle stretching and mobility.
Also consider seeing a Chiropractor to determine if Chiropractic care can be beneficial to you.