The Situation with Over-Sitting

Published December 12th, 2017 by Dr. Hoder

It is common knowledge among experts that pain in the lower back is related to sitting for extended periods of time. In today's world, the majority of us spend most of our day doing just that: we sit during the commute to work, we sit while we work at our desks, we sit while we watch TV to relax. We sure do spend a lot of time sitting!

It seems like the only time that we're NOT sitting is when we're moving from one seat to the next! Because this is the way that life is, we shouldn't be surprised that back pain is an exceedingly common problem.

Sitting: Is it the New Smoking?

While it is completely unrealistic to suggest you stop sitting, you can take some simple measures to minimize the negative impacts of sitting by making your environment more back-friendly. 

Here's what we suggest:

  • Get up and take a short walk or stretch your legs every 45 minutes

  • Take interval breaks throughout the day

  • Periodically stretch your back and spine

  • Change your position as frequently as you can

If you’re dealing with frequent back pain that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon, contact our practice today for an appointment.

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