Back pain is soaring among young people because they are sitting down for too long, according new to research by the British Chiropractic Association.
A sedentary lifestyle and a change in working habits – long periods spent sitting at computers – mean more people are complaining of spinal pain, particularly the young. The number 16 to 24-year-olds living with back or neck pain has risen to 45% in a year, compared to 28% of 18 to 24-year-olds the previous year.
Across all ages, 86% of people polled were in pain compared to 77% the year before. A quarter of which suffer on a daily basis. A sedentary lifestyle and the fact 59% of people now work sitting down are believed to be the main causes.
The BCA urged people to sit up, take desk breaks every 30 minutes and stay hydrated.
The top of the computer should also be level with eyebrows and the chair tilted forward so the knees are below the hips. Chiropractor Tim Hutchful said:
“Our modern lifestyle is forcing us to stay seated. Many people are completely unaware that staying in the same position can cause unnecessary strain on the back. Sitting causes up to twice as much pressure on discs on the spine as standing so, as a nation, we’re vulnerable. Your back is always hard at work – even when you think you’re relaxing. So ensuring you move and stretch regularly will help to keep your back on track.”