Sit less for spinal health

May 23, 2013

Do you spend a lot of time sitting down? Clinicians at Murdoch University Chiropractic Clinic warn that you could be increasing your risk of back and neck pain.

“If you consistently sit down for long periods of time, you increase the stress on your back muscles and the discs between your vertebrae,” said Clinic Director Dr Vince Cascioli.

“This can affect the natural curve of your spine, impair its function and stability and potentially lead to pain and discomfort.”

One in eleven people are expected to suffer back pain this year, with the consequences extending to family, lifestyle and productivity.

In conjunction with Spinal Health Week (May 20 to 26), chiropractors are urging people to make small lifestyle changes to avoid painful problems.

“Leading a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies,” Dr Cascioli said.

“It’s important to think and walk tall and engage in activities which help improve your breathing, balance, flexibility, endurance and strength.”

For those who sit down for long periods at work, Dr Cascioli offers these tips:

  • Learn more about ergonomics to help you improve your sitting posture and workstation setup
  • Try standing when you’re on the phone for extended periods
  • Take regular stretch breaks during meetings and while working at your computer
  • Check and adjust your position regularly
  • Ask your health professional to suggest some stretches and exercises to help protect your skeletal system and relieve discomfort at the workstation.

Fifth year clinical students at Murdoch University Chiropractic Clinic can conduct a thorough physical and spinal examination, provide specific lifestyle and exercise advice and carry out the appropriate treatment. All students are fully supervised by experienced chiropractors.

For more information, or to book an appointment, call 9360 1202 or visit the website.

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