Bob Marley’s words echo a different sort of fight.  

There’s a new war out there and it’s killing us!

Sitting is being compared to the new smoking. We need to get up out of our chairs and move.

The sedentary nature of our lives can be linked to almost all of the most common health conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia, depression and muscular degeneration.

Here are the facts:

  1. After 90 minutes of sitting your metabolism falls dramatically.
  2. When you sit the enzymes that help break down fat (lipoprotein lipase) drop 90%.
  3. Standing at work burns 50 more calories an hour than sitting.
  4. 80% of Scandanavian office workers use sit-stand desks, compared to less than 1% in the UK.

Even the conscious office worker who drags themselves to the gym five times a week is at risk. Recent research suggests that if you sit for more than eight hours a day it negates the benefit of your hard work. The message is we need to be more active all of the time.

In a British study published in 1953, scientists examined two groups of workers: London bus drivers and bus conductors. It concluded that the bus drivers were nearly twice as likely to die of heart disease as the conductors were.

Although the country’s workforce has largely swapped heavy manual labour for sitting in offices, musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions have been the primary cause of absenteeism for the past 5 years, with the UK having the highest rates in Europe.

As osteopaths we are seeing increasing numbers of these musculoskeletal conditions linked to sitting. The following list is an example of what we see at Forest Row Osteopaths everyday.

  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Cervical Headaches
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Cramp
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you suffer from any of the above and wish to discuss your sitting habits, please call us 01342 823722 or email admin@