With the increasing roles of computers and other technology in our life we are all spending too much time sitting. In fact among those with sedentary occupations it is not unusual to be seated for up to 8 hours per day. At Clifton Hill Physiotherapy we regularily encounter clients with back and neck pain directly related to prolonged sitting. Alarmingly two recent studies have also found that prolonged sitting times are related to mortality and chronic disease. Dr. Van der Ploeg and colleagues from the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney in a study of over 200,000 people found a strong relationship between long periods of sitting and death. Disturbingly, this relationship did not change for those who combined long periods of sitting and regular physical activity. However Katzmarzyk and Lee recently published an article in the British Medical Journal demonstrating a 2 year increase in life expectancy in those who limited their sitting to less than three hours per day.
Do you feel like standing up yet?
Our experienced physiotherapists at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy can help with a comprehensive assessment, sensible advice and an exercise program to get you moving !
Hidde P. van der Ploeg, Tien Chey,; Rosemary J. Korda, Emily Banks,; Adrian Bauman, MBBS, Sitting Time and All-Cause Mortality Risk in 222 497 Australian Adults Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(6):494-500.