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  • Alarming study reveals dangers of prolonged sitting

    7 May at 12:04 from atlas

    The Chiropractors Association of Australia has taken the opportunity during Spinal Health week (21st - 27th May 2012) to promote the health facts associated with our love for sitting down.

    Interestingly, there are some alarming studies that show the detrimental impact the our love for the humble chair has on our spine and overall health. With more than half our day sitting, it's important to know how such a basic function can have such a significant impact on your health.

    Spinal Health facts!

    Prolonged sitting damages your spinal health

    - increased stress on the discs between the vertebra

    - reduced function of the spine

    - increased inflammation, leading to pain and early degeneration of the spine

    Proponged sitting alters the shape and function of your body

    - body slows down its processing of fats

    - legs and bottom muscles weaken

    - increased risk of developing chronic diseases even when meeting recommended physical activity levels

    Prolonged sitting increases risks of disease

    - every hour increases the risk by 11%

    - desk jobs may double your risk of bowel cancer

    - sitting too much can shave a few years off your life

    For more information and references visit the Chiropractors Association of Australia's Sit Right page http://goo.gl/143xk

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    S2. Department of Health (2004). At Least Five a Week: Evidence on the impact of physical activity and its relationship to health. A Report from the Chief Medical Officer. London: Department of Health Publications. Retrieved 1/12/11 from http://goo.gl/vFS69

    S3. Medical Billing & Coding. 'Sitting is Killing You' Retrieved 1/12/11 from http://goo.gl/fiGUX

    D4. Healy, G.N. et al. 2007. 'Objectively Measured Light-Intensity Physical Activity is Independently Associated With 2-h Plasma Glucose', Diabetes Care, Volume 30, Number 6, June 2007.

    S5. Owen, N. et al. 2009. 'Too much sitting: a novel and important predictor of chronic disease risk?' Br J Sports Med February 2009 Vol 43 No 2.

    S6. Masters, M.,'Why sitting all day is slowly killing you', msnbc.com, 26 October 2010. Retrieved 1/12/11 from http://goo.gl/CjGB3#.TtbIybK4qdA

    S7. Western Australian Institute for Medical Research, 'Office Desk Job Doubles Bowel Cancer Risk', 12 May 2011. Retrieved 2/12/11 from http://goo.gl/bBA1e

    S8. Vlahos, J., 'Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?', New York Times, 14 April 2011. Retrieved 2/12/11 from http://goo.gl/AQW4W

    S9. Cohen, A., 'Your Office Chair is Killing You', Bloomsburg Business Week. 29 April 2010. Retrieved 7/12/11 from http://goo.gl/iGcM

    S10. Janwantanakul et al., 'Development of a Risk Score for Low Back Pain in Office Workers - a Cross-Sectional Study', BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011, 12:23. Retrieved 7/12/11 from http://goo.gl/V1wVJ

    S11. Hush, JM., Michaleff, Z., Maher, CG., Refshauge, K. 'Individual, physical and psychological risk factors for neck pain in Australian office workers: a 1-year longitudinal study', Eur Spine J. 2009 Oct;18(10): 1532-40

    S12. Pynt, J., Mackey, M., Higss, J. 'Kyphosed seated postures: extending concepts of postural health beyond the office', Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2008 Mar;18(1):35-45

    S13. The Age. 'Desk jobs a killer: study', September 29 2011. Retrieved 21/12/11 from http://goo.gl/L7yjv#ixzz1ZJVosdg5

    S14. Healthy Computing. Retrieved 12/1/12 from http://goo.gl/Hhb7L

    S15. BBC News. 'Sitting Straight is 'Bad for Backs' ', 28 November 2006. Retrieved 12/1/12 from http://goo.gl/vTKr

    S16. Katzmarzyk, PT. et al., 'Sitting Time and Mortality from All Causes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer', Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2009 May; 41(5):998 - 1005

    S17. Dunstan, DW. et al, 'Television Viewing Time and Mortality: The Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study (AusDiab)', Circulation 2010, 121:384-391.

    S18. Patel, AV. et al, 'Leisure Time Spent Sitting in Relation to Total Mortality in a Prospective Cohort of US Adults', American Journal of Epidemiology 2010; 172: 419 - 429


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