Sitting bad for 76% of lower back pain sufferers

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Sitting bad for 76% of lower back pain sufferers

By |2019-06-19T12:29:13+00:00October 17th, 2016|Causes of Low Back Pain|Comments Off on Sitting bad for 76% of lower back pain sufferers

Why is it that we’re drawn to things that are bad for us?  Sugar, alcohol, smoking, sitting…  If “sitting” seems to you to be a little out of line with the impact of the others, it’s time to think again.

Ever hear the phrase “sitting is the new smoking”?  It’s credited to Dr James Levine (I love his book).  Here are a few scary statistics taken from the NHS UK site:

A huge study involving almost 800,000 people – found that, compared with those who sat the least, people who sat the longest had a:

  • 112% increase in risk of diabetes
  • 147% increase in cardiovascular events
  • 90% increase in death caused by cardiovascular events
  • 49% increase in death from any cause  

Our own humble research here at active X backs found that out of 100 consecutive lower back pain and/or sciatica sufferers, 76% of them had more pain after sitting for 20 minutes.

So, whether it’s killing you or not, there’s a 3 in 4 chance that sitting is aggravating your lower back pain.  The way you sit definitely affects the alignment of your lower (and upper) back.  It can massively increase the compressive load on your discs, and in many people it certainly over-stretches ligaments and muscles at the back of the spine.  It doesn’t have to be this way.

In November we’re running an Indiegogo (crowdfunding) campaign to launch my new book and our new website.  Both of these are designed to help you not only sit better, but to do everything better – as far as your back is concerned at least; sitting, standing, lying, exercising, everything back-related you can think of.

Please, please support the campaign.  Ultimately, I’m still aiming to help a million people get a better back, and knowing how to sit well is a great start!

If you’d like to know more about the campaign, or to help in any way, please email me.  Thanks.

About the Author:

Clinic Director and Osteopath. Gavin graduated as a Gold Medallist in 1991 and is now a Vice Patron of the British School of Osteopathy. Co-author of “The Back Book” with Gavin Hastings OBE in 1996, he has an MSc in The Clinical Management of Pain from the University of Edinburgh, and is currently working on a new book. He's passionate about helping to move people as far from illness and pain as possible, and in January 2015 set himself the target of helping a million people get a better back.