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 lead to spinal misalignments (subluxations) affecting the neck, mid back and even the lower back. These spinal subluxations add pressure onto the delicate nervous system which controls and coordinates our entire body, thus leading to compromised health and wellbeing. We commonly see people presenting to our office with stiffness in the neck or back, tension, headaches, aches or pains and numbness in the extremities, feeling fatigued or even difficulty taking a deep breath in, all of which has been brought on by sitting for too long due to their subluxations. When discussing subluxations most people think it is just a back problem when in fact it is really a health problem which can lead to many associated symptoms down the road.
There is now more research coming out showing the negative effects sitting can have on our health. Serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer (colon, endometrial and possibly lung cancer) and even depression have all been linked to a sedentary lifestyle. Research suggests it is entirely possible to meet current physical activity guidelines while still being incredibly sedentary, and that sitting has shown to increases risk of death and disease, even if you are getting plenty of physical activity. 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 and keep up with periodic adjustments to maintain your body – Follow the recommendation of your chiropractor. Having a chiropractic adjustment only when you have pain/symptoms is like brushing your teeth only after you develop tooth decay. Have regular adjustments to maintain the body just like you maintain your car by servicing it (even if there are no problems with it). Chiropractors aim to help you become more pro-active with your health as opposed to re-active. If you don’t maintain your body it will lead to damage. Once damage has occurred it can be difficult to correct and in some cases irreversible if left for too long.
Keep the body in alignments 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.