19 Jun Lower Back Pain While Sitting – How to Reduce it?
Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints of typical Americans, which is mainly due to our sedentary lifestyle. The average American will spend roughly 9.3 hours seated and this includes while driving, working and leisure time.
While this greatly depends on the work and lifestyle choices but over one-third of our day is spent sitting down. Unless you’ve had lower back issues in the past or are aware of the consequences, sitting for so long can really be detrimental to your spinal health. Nearly 80% of Americans will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives, many as a result of a sedentary lifestyle.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
Poor posture due to weak core muscles or improper seating arrangements tends to be the biggest culprits of causing lower back pain while sitting. Maybe that office chair doesn’t offer enough support or the way you sit in your car contributes to your pain.
Heck, even something as seemingly insignificant as sitting on a wallet in your back pocket can greatly increase your likelihood of suffering from lower back pain. Of course, there are instances where injury or genetic predispositions can contribute but studies and research show that lower back pain is something that can be prevented, treated and cured by addressing external factors in our lives.
The lumbar discs of the lower back are the ones we put under pressure with our bad posture, improper seating arrangements or just prolonged sitting. Intra-discal pressure increases dramatically (up to 50%) when the spine loses its elongated ‘S’ bend (slight forward curve called lordosis) and assumes a ‘C’ shape from a slumped or hunched over posture.
This increased pressure stresses the shock-absorbing discs between the vertebrae. This can lead to issues like herniations, subluxations and bulging discs that can all impinge nerves and cause varying degrees of pain, muscle spasms and decreased the range of motion.
When sitting for long periods of time, the real danger comes from how long are the uninterrupted periods of time that we spend sitting. When you sit for hours, our muscles do not do anything. Muscle inactivity causes muscles to lose their strength, flexibility and puts unnecessary stress on nerves.
Over the course of a workday, it is easy to lose track of how you are sitting when dealing with the daily tasks of your job. It all starts with your head being pulled forward and down by gravity, which begins to stretch the muscles of the back and put the spine out of alignment.
All of this poor posture that slowly develops over the hours you may spend sitting at a desk can help be prevented by focusing on your posture and getting up or changing positions every hour or so. Workplace ergonomics are crucial for limiting the pain that you experience, so make sure that everything you need for your job is in the correct placement and height that fits your needs. Aligning your spine, providing support for your lower back and keeping your head in the right position can all help reduce or eliminate the pain you experience from sitting at work.
Sometimes changing your posture or getting a new chair is not enough to correct or repair the damages done by your sitting. Seeing a chiropractor for evaluation and treatment can be the best option. If your spine is out of alignment (subluxation of a disc), it won’t matter how much you change your posture until it is corrected.
When choosing to work with a chiropractor, it is important to seek out the best because trusting someone with your spine and skeletal health is important. At Luxxey Chiropractic, we believe in providing your body with the treatment necessary to stimulate self-healing.
Whether you are experiencing lower back pain from your work life or you have been in a car accident, we treat all conditions related to the spine and neck. Don’t suffer any longer, visit Luxxey Chiropractic to request an appointment today.