It was not long ago that bed rest was the prescribed course of treatment for any back pain. This is now only acceptable for the most severe cases, in which movement aggravates the patient so severely that it cannot be done. In most cases, too much immobility both contributes to the back pain in the first place and fuels the pain during injury. Here are some of the problems that accrue when you spend most of your time sitting:
Furthermore, sitting for long periods of time is usually performed with poor posture, compounding the stagnation by putting pressure on the cervical and lumbar vertebrae. Degenerated and herniated discs (separate conditions) are likely outcomes of a highly immobile lifestyle.
So what is the secret? Get moving. Discard the little windows of time you spend zoned out scrolling through internet meme and stretch. Stand up and extend your arms fully forward, with hands clasped, and push your fingers against the back of your hands. Feel your body come alive as your structures and muscles are called to duty.
At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Park Slope, we help people find their inner healthful being. Making you aware is only the first step: instilling the virtue of posture and a thirst for mobility is a key goal for us. We can help you create a plan for core strengthening, resistance and mobility training that will restore your back to a state of health. But it all starts with you picking up the phone and calling our office in Brooklyn at (713) 398-3100 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C., L.Ac.