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Prolonged Standing Back Discomfort: EP’s Chiropractic Team

Prolonged standing can cause the pelvis to push backward, increasing the curve of the lower back/lumbar region. This increased pressure on the soft tissues surrounding the spine causes the lower back muscles to tighten and/or spasm, resulting in discomfort in the joints and nerves. Weakened core muscles and unhealthy posture/postural syndrome are the most common causes, but injury, aging, congenital malformations, or a disease/condition can also contribute to the symptoms.ย Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic has a top team of professional therapists to evaluate the problem, diagnose the cause/s accurately, and develop a customized treatment and rehabilitation plan.

Prolonged Standing Back Discomfort: EP's Chiropractic Team

Prolonged Standing Back Discomfort

Back Structure

The lower back is one of the most used areas of the spine, moving around and bending during a normal day. When the body stands, the spine naturally curves both in and outwards.

  • The inward curve, calledย lordosis, curves towards the front of the body at the lower back and neck regions.
  • The outward curve, called kyphosis, curves towards the back of the body at the chest.
  • When bending over while standing, the five lumbar vertebrae of the lower back change position and shift from lordosis to kyphosis when bent completely.
  • When standing up from bending, the lumbar vertebrae change position again and return to the lordosis position.

Causes

The facet joints allow movement between each spine level. The standing spinal curvature can increase contact between the facet joints. As the body ages, the facet joints and discs begin to wear out, which can cause the discs and facet joints to become inflamed. Prolonged standing during normal daily activity combined with inflammation in these joints can aggravate the inflammation and cause symptoms. Regular routines and habits may contribute to low back discomfort during prolonged standing. These include:

  • Sleeping on a sinking or unsupportive mattress.
  • Practicing unhealthy postures that cause imbalances with proper weight distribution.
  • Not wearing proper footwear and/or supportive orthotics forces the lower spine into increased curvature and can compress the facet joints.
  • Not getting enough physical activity that strengthens the core.
  • Improperly lifting and carrying objects.
  • Excess weight makes the body heavier.

Standing Recommendations

Some recommendations may help:

  • Stand for shorter periods.
  • When symptoms start to present, it is recommended to change position.
  • A sitting-to-standing workstation or desk that adjusts could help.
  • Move around and stretch out to improve circulation and decrease muscle fatigue.
  • Try placing one foot on a step while standing, limiting excessive spine curvature.
  • Try back and spine support footwear.

Chiropractic

Chiropractors are experts on the musculoskeletal system. They will:

  • Listen to the patient about symptoms, medical history, and occupation.
  • A physical examination of muscle tone, strength, and range of motion.
  • Therapeutic massage, electric muscle stimulation, and ultrasound therapy can help reduce muscle inflammation and increase circulation to injured soft tissues.
  • Chiropractic adjustments will reset joints, removing pressure from the surrounding muscles and nerves.
  • Targeted therapeutic strength training is recommended for core and leg muscles to improve hip flexibility.
  • Non-surgical decompression or traction, either with a machine or suspension, can reverse the pressure in spinal discs.

Standing Lower Back Relief Exercises


References

Hasegawa, Tetsuya, et al. โ€œAssociation of low back load with low back pain during static standing.โ€ PloS one vol. 13,12 e0208877. 18 Dec. 2018, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0208877

Jo, Hoon, et al. โ€œNegative Impacts of Prolonged Standing at Work on Musculoskeletal Symptoms and Physical Fatigue: The Fifth Korean Working Conditions Survey.โ€ Yonsei medical journal vol. 62,6 (2021): 510-519. doi:10.3349/ymj.2021.62.6.510

Ognibene GT, Torres W, von Eyben R, Horst KC. Impact of a sit-stand workstation on chronic low back pain: randomized trial results. J Occup Environ Med. 2016;58(3):287-293. Abstract. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26735316. Accessed March 2, 2017.

Parry, Sharon P et al. โ€œWorkplace interventions for increasing standing or walking for decreasing musculoskeletal symptoms in sedentary workers.โ€ The Cochrane database of systematic reviews vol. 2019,11 CD012487. November 17, 2019, doi:10.1002/14651858.CD012487.pub2

Rodrรญguez-Romero, Beatriz, et al. โ€œThirty Minutes Identified as the Threshold for Development of Pain in Low Back and Feet Regions, and Predictors of Pain Intensity During 1-h Laboratory-Based Standing in Office Workers.โ€ International journal of environmental research and public health vol. 19,4 2221. February 16, 2022, doi:10.3390/ijerph19042221

Smith, Michelle D et al. โ€œThe Influence of Using a Footstool during a Prolonged Standing Task on Low Back Pain in Office Workers.โ€ International journal of environmental research and public health vol. 16,8 1405. April 18. 2019, doi:10.3390/ijerph16081405

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Disclaimer *

The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.

We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN*

email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com

phone: 915-850-0900

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The information herein on "Prolonged Standing Back Discomfort: EP's Chiropractic Team" is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, or licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own healthcare decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.

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Our information scope is limited to Chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, contributing etiological viscerosomatic disturbances within clinical presentations, associated somatovisceral reflex clinical dynamics, subluxation complexes, sensitive health issues, and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions.

We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.

We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez DC or contact us at 915-850-0900.

We are here to help you and your family.

Blessings

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Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*

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