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Effects of Sitting Combatted by La Grande Exercise and Not Sitting!

“Sitting. It’s the new smoking.” You have surely heard it. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC sees the effects of sitting in our La Grande chiropractic practice in the form of back pain, neck pain and associated issues. Let’s explore sitting and being sedentary workers and what we can do about it.


Is the sitting and smoking a little harsh? Maybe. One medical report uncovered that 300 news articles mention this claim! (1) Glaring or not, it does draw attention to the issue that sitting a lot isn’t healthy for anyone. 25% of adults La Grande chiropractic patients and adults included sit more than 8 hours daily. Older adults supposedly sit even more. (2) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC knows we all sit. We’re not shaming you! We’re with you!


Sitting is what we do. Researchers document that the activity level of low back pain suffers is low. Of 300 patients, 32.5% live sedentary lives, 48.5% live underactive lifestyles, and 68.3% of them didn’t do any activity to increase muscle strength or flexibility. (3) Continued sitting created a risk for all-cause mortality separate from physical activity even if it’s of moderate to vigorous effort. The best suggestion is to reduce sitting time not just boost physical activity levels. (4) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC encourages both, too!


One author asserted the challenge of the “exercise to buffer sitting’s effect” implication as an “inconvenient truth”: a few weekly trips to the gym can’t 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 foot pain and varicose veins. (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 – 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 reduced low back pain and functional disability in sedentary workers. A lumbar stabilization exercise program proved more effective 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, particularly 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 irritates us sitting folks.

Schedule you La Grande chiropractic appointment with Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC today. If “sitting is the new smoking” issue defines you and back pain makes matters worse, La Grande chiropractic care is for you…together with striving to not sit that much and exercising a little more!

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC urges less sitting and more exercising to combat back pain and other pain issues. 
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