-Dr. Antonio Gurule DC, CSCS
Low Back Pain When Sitting
I wanted to share a story today with you all.
When you read it, you might think that this does not apply to you. But in reality, this could be you now, or it was you before, or it might be you in the future.
With over 80% of the population experiencing back pain at some point in their life, this is important.
And with an ever-growing age of technology, we are sitting more and more, and experiencing low back pain when sitting.
We have all heard the buzz word such as “Sitting is the new smoking”. But regardless of how it is packaged or marketed, sitting is tough on the body.
Humans have been sitting for thousands of years. I doubt the caveman was standing around in between his hunting trips, and who knows he might have suffered many of the same injuries that we sustain today. But, when helping individuals gain a better understanding about their pain and how too much forward, we must talk about sitting.
It is not that sitting is bad for you, it is that sitting for too long or how you are sitting that is creating issues for your low back. When asking what positions make the pain worse, more often than not individuals will state they have low back pain when sitting for too long or when they are sitting and go to a standing position. And just like most injuries, we would encourage individuals to not do the things that aggravate the pain.
Let’s take a look at a similar situation. Active female presents to the office with lower back pain and spasm. She is consistent in the gym 4 days a week with no issues of pain in the past 6 months. She has had an episode of lower back pain like this in the past 10 years ago.
When going through our evaluation, the patient shares that she is a programmer and on the computer in various sitting positions upwards of 8-10 hours a day. Working from home she is able to get up and move more than most, but still, finds herself sitting for no less than 2 hours at a time. One day she woke up and she was locked up in pain unable to hardly get out of bed, let alone move about the house.
Traditionally, her weekly regimen has not changed and working out has been great.
So if nothing has changed, what do we believe to be the culprit of this pain all of the sudden?
More often than not, “injuries” such as this are a factor of capacity. The muscles that are responsible for large movements and stabilizing the spine have been chronically overworked and lengthened due to a stretched posture. Throw in some high-intensity interval training to work those muscles even more, and eventually, they shut down. This is a signal from your body to your mind to slow down and change what you are doing.
This does not change the fact that there are also physical changes that may present as spasm or joint fixations.
But in conjunction with chiropractic care, we will look at your daily movement behaviors to see where some changes might be beneficial to help one get over there current pain as well as prevent this issue from chronically returning.
Just because you have “chronic back pain” does not mean that there is nothing that can be done. You always have a choice to change things for the better!
Reach out to our up and coming top rated office in Boulder County to experience how Chiropractic and Physical Therapy can be different than what you are used to!
-Health Through Movement-
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