The Lounge Chair Will Get Ya!

By August 16, 2016Uncategorized
 

A few weeks ago, the family and I enjoyed a weekend in Hollywood Beach, Florida. I decided to sit and not move for a few hours appreciating sunny South Florida (I may have indulged in a couple well-deserved adult beverages too).  My only regret was my chair choice…a lounge chair.  

I’ll admit it: I’m a hypocrite.  Sitting in a lounge chair, La-Z-Boy, or any recliner for an extended period of time is what I advise my patients NOT to do.  The inevitable occurred, of course, and my lower back has expressed its “anger” for the past two weeks.

Why Are Lounge Chairs Evil? When laying in a reclined position, a gap is created between your middle back and your bum allowing your lower back (lumbar spine) to slouch down. You then lose your core’s ability to do its main job —  to stabilize the lumbar spine — and damaging sheering actions occur between the vertebra. This mechanism is called “creep.”  The majority of the time your body does not approve of this damaging position and will respond by causing soreness and pain.  

The lumbar spine will drop into the space created resulting in the painful mechanism called “creep.”  
What Can I Do About This?  

1. Do not sit in a lounge chair, La-Z-Boy, recliner for more than 20 minutes at a time.

2. Use lumbar supports when in a seated position for an extended period of time.(A rolled up towel behind your back will work.)

3. If you do experience discomfort, seek chiropractic care, posture correction, Graston and Active Release Technique.

4. Core engagement exercises.  The video below is called the Pallof Press. It activates your core muscles (specifically your obliques) by resisting the rotational forces being applied to your body.

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