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3 pm Nov 29, 2012

Living It Up: Can prolonged sitting kill you?

Dr Chahat Gandotra talks about how prolonged sitting is actually putting you at risk of many lifestyle diseases and will answer all your questions and queries.
12 questions answered
  • Millions of office clerical job requires sitting on the desk for a minimum of 6 hours a day. There have been many doing it and happily retired and running into eighties. Your question is scaring people??? Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Dr Chahat Gandotra Motion is the lotion for our joints. Movement and activity circulate joint fluid and promotes cartilage for healthy bone strength. Too much sitting with poor posture for more than four hours daily can, indeed, lead to degenerative problems of back because much stress is placed on the intervertebral discs and the facet joints. These degenerative changes can lead to narrowing of the spinal column
  • Any Bio engineer can work out a design for a seat to minimise the harms of prolonged sitting < Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Dr Chahat Gandotra Hi Sundar, uch chairs are already available in the market, so all you need to know is the specification for them, which are as follows: Chair with backrest at an angle of 135 degrees . Backrest with proper curves as in spine thereby supporting lower back area.The armrest at proper distance of elbow so that making 90-90 angle with arms. Neck support helps in maintaing the lordotic curve.
  • Hi I'm Pranay, I wanted to know what is the right posture while sitting and what are the exercises you can do sitting. Asked by: Pranay
  • Dr Chahat Gandotra Hi Pranay, What you need to do is maintain your spinal curves while sitting.You should sit at an angle of 135 degrees rather than upright .Maintain the lordotic curve of your lower back either by using right chair or keeping a cushion.You should rest your elbows on armrest while working on desktop making angle 90-90 with your arms. While sitting you can do stretches of your shoulders,arms.Ankle toe movements.Lifting your fore legs up and down.Stretching your paraspinal muscles by rotating.
  • Can protract hours of sitting affects calves also? And if so, should we minimize the exertion on thighs by using highly cushioned chairs? Asked by: pc
  • Dr Chahat Gandotra Hey PC Yes protract hours of sitting does affect muscles because immediately after sitting electrical activity in your muscles slows down .In calves the pumping action of veins slows down thereby leading to accumulation of lymph hence causing swelling .It is proven that muscles start to atrophy(weaken) and oxygen consumption drops after two Weeks of Sitting for More Than Six Hours a Day .Sitting on cushioned chair would not serve the purpose completely but what is important is "Movement"
  • Hi, Im Ashwini. My mother has been a sedentary worker since past 20 years. She has arthritis and spondylysis. At times she doesnt perspire at all and if she does, it smells of uric acid. What could be a solution for her pains, esp her back and arms? She's otherwise healthy, 51 years old Asked by: Ashwini N
  • Dr Chahat Gandotra Hi Ashwani, For your mother its been long time leading sedentry lifestyle.Movement and activity circulate joint fluid and promotes cartilage for healthy bone strength. Too much sitting with poor posture for more than four hours daily can, indeed, lead to degenerative problems like arthritis,spondylitis.Lack of spinal motion and poor postures and overdue stress to intervertebral disc leads to spinal ligament stretch and decreased fluid flow and nutrition to disc.Motion is the lotion for our joints.Active exercises of muscles can help.Regarding smell of uric acid ,you should get it checked to rule out Gout
  • Old and retired people are either sitting or sleeping. Is reclining in an arm chair a better option ? BTW the arm chairs are getting as an extinct species. Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Dr Chahat Gandotra Hey Sundar, Reclyners are offcourse better options for those people who cannot walk or sit upright because of certain medical problems.The purpose is to maintain the mobility .The arm chairs can never get extinct for sure may be your office is doing so to save the space.
  • Usually on weekends, I watch tv, work on laptop in sleeping postutre with my back upside. I have seen this posture is one of the exercise posture. Is it harmful? Asked by: Manish
  • Dr Chahat Gandotra Hi Manish Yes this posture is not right.you should maintain an inclined posture as far as possible.
  • Why only at work.From school to college many have prolonged sitting in their classes.How about them ? Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Dr Chahat Gandotra Hey Sundar, Its not only work musculoskeletal problems are also seen in school and college going people nowdays.They are at more alarming situtations.
  • More than sitting the continous working on compu should be taking the life out of the people << Asked by: sundar1950in
  • Dr Chahat Gandotra Yes obviously. But due to the laziness in our nature we succumb to our systems only!! so rather than asking your office boy to get you a cup of coffee... next time you can fetch one yourself!
  • We have to work 9 hours at a stretch next to the comp, cant go for breaks due to work. I have gained weight due to that. Pls advice. Asked by: Sunil
  • Dr Chahat Gandotra hey Sunil, If you can't go for breaks but atleast you can do exercises sitting ,stretches ,walk around your place, walk and talk .
  • Is it advisable to go for long/short walk after lunch/ dinner? Asked by: Manish
  • Dr Chahat Gandotra Hi Manish, Yes it is,you should take short walks after meal for about 10 minutes with normal pace.You can break your 30 minutes walk into 10-10 minutes throught the day
  • Hello Madam, I work for around 8hrs everyday mostly sitting as my work is on PC. I have this habit of keeping my legs over other leg. Hence wanted to know does this affect your back. As at time i do feel my back gets stiff while getting up from my chair or while taking anything from down. What all things can i do at my work place to avoid these problem to grow. Asked by: G.
  • Dr Chahat Gandotra Hi G, Crossing legs for longer period does not effect back but it does lead to compression of nerves and veins in legs.Sitting for more than 4 hours does lower down muscle activity level. Too much sitting with poor posture for more than four hours daily can, indeed, lead to degenerative back problems and muscle spasms because much stress is placed on the intervertebral discs and the facet joints. These degenerative changes can lead to narrowing of the spinal column (spinal stenosis) as well as the nerve tunnels.

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Living It Up: Can prolonged sitting kill you?