Sitting is the new smoking
Chiropractors have been warning their patients of the damaging effects a sedentary lifestyle can have for a long time. From the driver’s seat to the office chair and then the couch at home, Australians are spending more and more time seated than ever before and it’s wreaking havoc on our bodies. This modern health epidemic has been termed the “sitting disease”. Our bodies weren’t created to sit all day and be sedentary, they were created to be mobile and to move around.
Sitting, especially with poor posture, poor back support and/or poor ergonomics can lead to spinal misalignments (subluxations) affecting the neck, mid back and even the lower back. We commonly see people presenting to our office with stiffness in the neck or back, muscular tension, cervicogenic headaches, aches or pains and numbness in the extremities, or even difficulty taking a deep breath in (due to ribs being subluxated, all of which can be brought on by sitting for too long with poor ergonomics.
There is now more research coming out showing the negative effects sitting can have on our bodies. Research suggests it is entirely possible to meet current physical activity guidelines while still being incredibly sedentary. It’s a bit like smoking. Smoking is bad for you even if you get lots of exercise. The same applies for sitting for long periods.
Be more aware of what you spend doing most of the day. How long are you sitting in front of the tv or computer? Do you spend most of your day at the desk at work? What is your posture like when sitting? Do you drive long distances? Awareness is often the first step to making changes and improvements.
Get your spine checked by your local chiropractor – Follow the recommendation of your chiropractor and have your posture/ergonomics, neck and back checked to help manage symptoms often associated with sitting for extended periods of time with poor ergonomics.
Keep the body in alignment while sitting and while standing – If you are standing be sure to stand on both feet and not on one, distribute body weight evenly to the front, back and sides of the feet. While sitting, sit up straight and align your ears, shoulders and hips in one vertical line (imagine a string spanning from the ceiling directly above you to the top of your head is pulling you up towards the ceiling). Position your computer in front of you.
Get up and move – Take a break from your office chair or couch every half hour for two minutes in order to stretch, stand, or walk.
For caring, patient-focused treatment, call Chiropractic Touch today on 8322 0102 or book online on our website. Centrally located in Adelaide’s southern suburbs in Old Reneylla SA 5161, Chiropractic Touch is also within easy reach of neighbouring suburbs such as Reynella, Woodcroft, Happy Valley, Sheidow Park, Morphett Vale, Hallett Cove, Noarlunga, Christies Beach, Lonsdale and Trott Park.a