Are you experiencing low back pain? Having a hard time getting up after sitting for too long? You are not the only one having this problem; about one-half of the Americans suffer from back pain yearly, says the American Chiropractic Association. The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2013 now considers low back pain as the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Back pain is one of the most common reasons why employees miss work.
Before you grab a book and lounge in your favorite couch, listen to this first: Sedentary lifestyle caused by prolonged sitting is the top reason why you may be having back pain. Dr. James Lord, a physician at the Department of Family Medicine, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, reveals that most patients with low back pain who come to his clinic share the same characteristics – they all have sedentary lifestyles. To get rid of the aching, he only has one suggestion: always be in motion.
Prolonged sitting triggers low back pain, says researchers of a study published by the European Spine Journal in 1999. Their explanation is quite simple: Too much sitting causes insufficient nutrition in between your intervertebral discs, the bones of your back. The result? Back pain! When standing, the muscle groups of your back need to work to maintain control and position, says Dr. S. May, a Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Collegiate Crescent Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom. However, when sitting, these muscle groups relax, putting all the workload to the soft tissues of your back - workload that injures your soft tissues little by little, resulting in back aches. To avoid low back pain, do periodic standing to straighten your back. Stand-desks are a solution for those with office jobs. By having a stand up desk you can spend more time standing than sitting - preventing back pain.
Poor Posture and Watching Too Much TV:
After having a hard day’s work, it is nice to slump yourself in the sofa and watch TV for a couple of hours. Watching TV can’t cause backaches; but slumping – a poor body posture- on the sofa does. Dr. S. May says that 87% of Australians watch TV for more than 3 hours and almost all of them experience back pain, according to a study published by the Medical Journal of Australia. The next time you watch TV, why not move around and stretch occasionally to prevent yourself from getting back strain?
There are so many people suffering from low back pain; but this does not mean you have to be included in the statistics too. Preventing back pain is simple. Stand up. Don’t sit for too long. Adapt a good body posture. Have an active lifestyle.
European Spine Journal; Sitting & Low Back Pain: The Positive Effect Of Rotatory Dynamic Stimuli During Prolonged Sitting; van Deursen, L.L. et al.; 1999