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How Sitting Effects Your Low Back

Sitting all day is a great way to accelerate the degenerative cascade in the spine, especially the low back.

Did you know that prolonged sitting leads to a significant decrease in low back disc height? This decrease in disc height leads to disc compression, disc pain and degeneration of the lumbar spine.

The good news is that getting up and moving for 20 seconds every 15 minutes appears to totally mitigate those changes.

A helpful stretch to perform every 15 minutes at work is to stand up and stretch your arms overhead reaching for the ceiling, and bend slightly back (extending your low back). Hold this position for 5-10 seconds and perform 2-4 times before sitting back down for another 15 minutes.

This may sound like a lot of getting up throughout the day, and it will be difficult for everyone to commit to taking these frequent breaks, but it will help decrease your low back pain and decrease the degenerative process in the lumbar spine.

Are you tired of low back pain? Then stop picking the scab. Stop sitting in positions or performing movements that aggravate your pain. Break those bad habits and stop the pain cycle. You got this!

This month we are going to be diving deep into the best ways to stop picking the scab of low back pain, and get you on your way to less pain. Our goal is to get you moving better, feeling better, and living better.


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