The Newest Public-Health Epidemic: Sitting Too Much, Moving Too Little

by Paul Hooper, DC, MPH, MS

from Dynamic Chiropractic

A follow up to the previous article “Sit or Stand? Strategies to Improve Workplace Health and Reduce Disease.”

Partly due to rising health costs and the awareness that sitting for long periods has negative effect on health, there is some significant motivation to get workers out of their chairs and on their feet.

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Dynamic Chiropractic offers articles and reports, such as:

The Science of Treating Neck Pain
by Peter W. Crownfield, Executive Editor

Canadian evidence review yields updated recommendations for acute and chronic pain.

The Newest Public-Health Epidemic: Sitting Too Much, Moving Too Little
by Paul Hooper, DC, MPH, MS

A follow up to the previous article “Sit or Stand? Strategies to Improve Workplace Health
and Reduce Disease” found here.

The Impact of Slouched Posture: A Review of the Recent Literature
by Jasper Sidhu, BSc, DC

We’re sitting more often and in most cases, longer. Whether it’s during leisure or work activities, sitting appears to be a major factor to consider in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions that present to our office.

Running Form: Should a Heel-First Strike Pattern Be Discouraged?
Dr. Thomas Michaud writes about strike patterns and injury potential.

Back Pain Is #1 Cause of Disability Worldwide
Studies from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 highlight the pressing need to prevent and treat spinal and musculoskeletal disorders.

Sitting is the New Smoking by Dr. Jeffrey Tucker
Don’t grow old with low back pain. If you have to sit for long periods
make sure you have good posture and good lumbar support. Get up
frequently, take a walk, but before running, exercise your gluteus muscles.

Recent Literature on the Impact of Slouched Posture
What is bad posture? and how it affects us. Use of patient education can
greatly improve the negative effects of ‘the slouch.’

Going Shoeless: The Pros & Cons of Barefoot Running
Harvard study and Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise trial analyze the benefits and hazards of “going Paleo”. Is it about the shoe we wear (or don’t) or is it about how we run?

The Healthy Aging Practice: The Mechanical Side of Slowing Down the Aging Process (Part 4) – Correcting the Leg-Length Discrepancy
How to discover if your chronic pain is a leg length discrepancy and how to correct it. Treatment and regular exercise can help correct posture/imbalance, overuse injuries and increase leg strength.

The Real Cause of Iliotibial Band Syndrome
New research by authors Ferber and Fairclough, et al. claim this injury is not necessarily caused by snapping back and forth over the lateral femoral condyle, as earlier research suggested.

Chiropractic vs. Medicine for Acute LBP: No Contest
The study found that after 16 weeks of care, patients referred to medical doctors saw almost no improvement in their disability scores, were likely to still be taking pain drugs and saw no benefit with added physical therapy – and yet were unlikely to be referred to a doctor of chiropractic.

What Works Best for Neck Pain: Manipulation, Exercise or Both?
Pressing questions for the chiropractic profession include: How effective are chiropractic adjustments for neck pain? Does the addition of exercise improve the benefits of adjustments for neck pain? What is the evidence?

Study Suggests Chiropractic Reduces Health Care Costs, Need for Surgery
Findings from the Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield 2008 Physical Medicine Pilot on Quality, a one-year pilot program designed to measure patient quality of care, suggest significant clinical outcomes and health care cost reductions attributable to the use of chiropractic and other physical medicine services.

Headaches, Drugs, and Chiropractic
Headache sufferers have been reportedly helped by chiropractic adjustments since the profession’s early days. Misalignments or restrictions (subluxations) in the spine, particularly in the upper part of the neck, can irritate nerves that provide pain sensation to various parts of the head and face.

Chiropractic Saves Insurers $15.8 Billion, Adds $692 Million in Wages to Americans
Consider the chiropractic impact of exposing the public to treatment that could avoid needless surgeries, using the 400,000 disc surgeries as a conservative number, not to mention how this could reduce the unnecessary cost to government and private insurers and lost revenue to both government agencies and workers from absenteeism.

Headache Solutions: Save Billions With Chiropractic Care?
Much of the public perceive headaches and migraines as normal occurrences. For example, a patient will enter a doctor’s office and report that they experience “normal” headaches, not realizing that pain is never a normal occurrence.

Study Suggests Availability of Chiropractic Care Improves Value of Health Benefit Plans
A report commissioned by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (FCP) and prepared by a global leader for trusted human resources and related financial advice, products and services has found that the addition of chiropractic care for the treatment of low back and neck pain will likely increase value-for-dollar in U.S. employer-sponsored health benefit plans.

Back Surgery: Too Many, Too Costly, Too Ineffective
Most Americans fail to realize the huge economic impact of the medical industrial complex until they feel the crunch from unpaid medical bills that caused 62 percent of all personal bankruptcies filed in the U.S. in 2007, according to a study by Harvard researchers.

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