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Are You Over-Sitting?

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Take a minute to think about how often you’re sitting each day to determine if it could be leading to back problems.

It’s commonly accepted among experts that lower back pain is related to prolonged sitting. And let’s face it, in today’s world we spend plenty of time during our day doing exactly that—we sit in the car, we sit most of the day at work and we even sit to watch television after our workday is over.

It seems that the only time we’re not sitting is when we’re moving from one location to the next. Because this is how we’re living, it should come as no surprise that back pain can be a pretty common problem.

Sitting is the New Smoking

If you’re a regular patient at my office, I am sure that you have heard me say it, “sitting is the new smoking”. While we’re not suggesting that you stop sitting, what you should do is take some simple steps to minimize the impact by making your environment more back friendly.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • If your feet do no touch the floor in the chair you sit in at work, use a stool to rest your feet on
  • Change your position as often as you sensibly can
  • Get up and walk every 45 minutes (set a timer so you don’t forget)
  • Stretch your spine throughout the day, here are a few great stretches to do at home.
  • If you’re dealing with frequent back pain that seems to be sticking around, consider contacting our practice for an appointment. Call Becky to set up your appointment 258-2225

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