LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- StandingDeskConverter.com (SDC) had the opportunity to interview, seasoned professional and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Carlos Rodriguez of Prodigy Chiro-Care and talked to him about problems related to back pain and why we should consider a standing desk.
A graduate of the California State University, Dr. Rodriguez has over 15 years of experience serving the Santa Monica, CA area and helping individuals and sports practitioners to treat and recover from sports related injuries and pain issues. At Prodigy Chiro Care & Spinal Rehab, Dr. Rodriguez and his team are providing patients an alternative to sometimes unnecessary medical surgical interventions for their back pain issues.
SDC: Doctor Rodriguez, what happens to your back when you sit for long periods of time?
DOCTOR: Most of the time, when there is too much sitting, it tends to weaken the core. People have an overall tendency not to sit correctly. In general, they like to sit in two ways: either slumped or not using the chair correctly and in a forward position, which then causes you to slump anyway.
SDC: What kind of treatment can you provide to overcome lower back pain?
DOCTOR: I am looking at whether this is an acute or chronic condition and at how long it has been since the pain started. There is another important factor in treatment and prevention: the job they do and their position during work plays a big role as far as affecting the patients' back. Breaking the routine does play a big role, so going from a seated to a standing position, obviously will help a lower back condition.
SDC: What is work trauma?
DOCTOR: It can be trauma resulting from physical activity at work, or anything that's a chronic condition, due to repetitive use of certain postures. And that can include sitting for prolonged periods of time, not taking regular breaks and not sitting correctly. Ergonomics does play a big role. Strengthening the core is a good way to improve the posture. Getting up from a seated position strengthens the posture, because it activates the core.
SDC: What are some of the long term effects of sitting all day?
DOCTOR: Sitting all day, depending on how many years you've done it, is considered repetitive trauma. Most people that have been in a prolonged sitting posture for more than ten years will most likely end up with degeneration of the lower back. The most common area is the L5 S1, which makes up the lower part of the spine. When you sit, you actually lose that curvature in the back. It ends up being what's called hyperlordosis, a decrease in the curvature, which then stresses out the bodies of the lumbar spine, leading to osteoarthritis.
SDC: Does sitting also affect your energy levels?
DOCTOR: Depending on what the job is, sitting for prolonged periods of time will actually decrease your energy, due to the fact of trying to maintain a certain posture. Affecting the bio mechanics of the body causes you to get tired, which will then cause secondary muscles to have to fire off. Standing will improve your productivity levels.
SDC: How will owning a standing desk improve your lower back issue?
DOCTOR: By owning a standing desk, basically, you break the routine of chronically having to sit all day. It will activate your core muscles. If a third of the time is spent sitting, breaking up the remaining time, 'the two thirds' into standing, would actually be very beneficial.
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