Not moving enough is leaving us in pain

Not moving enough is leaving us in pain

An active lifestyle is something that is not only recommended by the government, but it could also help reduce pain too.

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is today warning that young people are suffering from back and neck pain as a result of leading sedentary lifestyles.

According to consumer research, conducted on behalf of the BCA, 65% of 16 to 34 year olds have experienced neck or back pain and almost a third have lived with the pain for up to a month.

Many chiropractors are noticing a rise in the number of younger people presenting with neck and back problems and a sedentary lifestyle could be playing a major part in this.

Commenting on the findings, BCA chiropractor Tim Hutchful said: “We are seeing more and more people under the age of thirty five with back and neck pain because of the increasingly sedentary lives they lead. It’s really important that young people understand the importance of keeping active and seek help from an expert if they are in pain.” 

Two fifths say that the majority of their time at work is spent ‘mainly sitting’ and a third admit that their back pain can be triggered by sitting still for long periods of time.

Two thirds found that their back or neck pain has prevented them from exercising and sleeping, and more than a fifth have been unable to socialise with friends and family as a result of their pain. 

Alarmingly, over a third of 16 to 34 year olds who have suffered from neck or back pain have never had their necks or backs checked. The BCA is encouraging people to seek clinical advice as soon as they experience any pain and warns that if conditions are left untreated they could worsen over time and lead to chronic back and neck problems in later life. 

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