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Sitting Culture: Here's What You Should Know

By Genevieve Cunningham

As a society and a culture, we sit more than ever before. It's not really our fault -- it's all we know. But is our obsession with getting off our feet healthy? Or have we taken it too far? As it turns out, sitting too much can be incredibly bad for our health. If you're interested in being as healthy as possible, take a look at these dangers of sitting, plus some tips for managing our modern world with less health risks and less pain. 

Here's Why We Sit So Much

So what has changed in our world that has caused so much sitting? In short -- everything. Our means of transportation is improved, and now we sit in the car, on planes, on trains, and on buses. Our work situations have changed, and more people sit behind computer screens all day. And of course, our entertainment has changed. We sit in front of a TV or gaming monitor, a laptop, a phone. We're constantly sitting! While some people are able to manage their sitting habits with good exercise habits, the majority of people struggle with the balance.

Here Are the Effects on the Body

When we sit too much, multiple things happen to the body. The first things to happen are the most noticeable: pain builds in the neck and back, muscles become tight, and weight begins to collect all around the body. The next things to happen are not as obvious, but perhaps even more dangerous: circulation slows resulting in a higher risk of blood clots, the risk of heart disease and diabetes are raised, and blood sugar and blood pressure are higher. If we don't get up and move, we're putting our bodies in serious danger for the future.

Here's How Chiropractic Care Helps

Chiropractic care can't force you to get up, but it can make the process easier. Chiropractors, through gentle manipulation of the spine, are able to release tension and pain. This makes movement easier, which means you're more likely to do it. But the effects may be deeper than that. When we improve the health of the spine, we improve the function of each body system -- circulation, immune system, and every other system included. If you're willing to see the chiropractor regularly and add exercise to your routine, you can enjoy our modern world with fewer health risks involved.

If you need to try chiropractic care to get rid of sitting pains, visit with chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is an easy and stress-free process. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get the care you need without the stress and hassle. We sit a lot -- too much! Get relief and boost the health of your body beginning with a stop at The Joint Chiropractic today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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