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The Risks of Sitting All Day

Micro Trauma While You Work

Over the years, we’re seeing a trend of patients coming in who work in an office and spend their days sitting at a desk. Research has shown that people who sit for a living have twice the risk of having some type of cardiovascular event (regardless of how much you exercise). In addition, sitting increases your risks for:

Man Sitting At Work

Often, your aches and pains stem from the risks of sitting.

  • Diabetes
  • Herniated disks
  • Knee pain
  • Headaches
  • Shorter life span

Damage Far Beyond Aches and Pains

Approximately 30% of our patients come to us after being in some type of an accident or sporting injury. About 70% come in with aches and pains, asking why they’re experiencing discomfort. Often, the answer stems from the risks of sitting.

Increased pressure on your disks: Compared to standing, sitting causes a 50% increase in pressure on your disks.

Forward head posture: Texting, using the computer and other repeated motions, causes additional stress on your neck. The more forward your head is, the harder your muscles have to work. This causes muscle contraction in the head, shoulders and back, leading to spasms and fatigue.

In addition, the postural stress on your central nervous system from sitting affects your blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity.

Get up, Stand up

If you spend most of your time sitting, it’s important you do all that you can to stay healthy to avoid health risks today and in the future.

  1. Get up every hour, even if it’s for a few minutes
  2. Visit your chiropractor and massage therapist
  3. Have a proper stretching program

If you’re sitting all day, you’re most likely increasing strain on your body. We want to help! Give our team a call and let’s talk about how we can help you feel well and live well (even as you work). (813) 885-6001

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