Sitting causes low-back pain.
It’s the modern day epidemic.
The more civilized we become, the more technology takes over, the more we become confined to our chairs.
Is this healthy?
For evidence of this, look no further than the average reason for a visit to the family physician in America…respiratory infection, and low-back pain.
Obviously, respiratory infection has its own separate factors involved. However, back pain is often rooted in our inability to get out of our seats.
Other cultures do not struggle with this problem as much as we do here in America, or in other wealthier parts of the globe.
Human nature is to travel the path of least resistance, and this is most certainly the case when considering our lower limbs.
We’ve built toilets to avoid squatting over a hole. We’ve created chairs to eliminate the need to sit cross-legged on the floor or squat against a wall.
If you look at children, they begin squatting from a very early age. In fact, they can stay in that position for extended periods, and oftentimes do.
As they age, they will rely on the position less and less in favor of a comfy seat or couch. Unfortunately, what we don’t use, we lose.
This is true for the mobility in our hips and lower limbs once we stop getting into a deep squat. This transfers abnormal amounts of stress and force into the lower back, often leading to pain and symptoms.
So, if you’re suffering with back pain, sciatica, or any digestive upset, consider getting into a deep squat for a couple minutes each day.
The benefits of this exercise are plentiful. It’s amazing how well the body works when we use it the way it was designed to be moved!
When we don’t…no wonder disease and problems arise.
Check out this article for more interesting reading on the topic…Learn to squat!.