The generation of Facebook and smartphones is starting to suffer from the tolls of a sedentary life. New research suggests that almost third of people under the age of 35 experience persistent back and neck pain.
A new study, conducted on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association, showed that 65% of people aged 16-34 years old have suffered from back or neck pain, and 28% experienced the pain for over a month.
According to the BCA, many chiropractors have begun to notice an increasing number of young people suffering from neck and back pain, and they suspect a sedentary lifestyle is largely to blame.
The growing prevalence of musculoskeletal problems doesn’t just stem from more time on Twitter and iPads however. The researchers found that 40% of young people spend most of their time at work sitting, and 32% said that extended periods of sitting can trigger back pain.
The majority (68%) said their back or neck pain affected their ability to sleep and exercise, while 22% said the pain impacted their social activities.
Despite these statistics, more than a third (39%) of young people with neck or back pain said they had not visited a doctor for their symptoms. Unfortunately, ignoring these initial symptoms may lead to ongoing back and neck problems later in life. Seeking early treatment from a chiropractor could relieve pain while preventing you from developing chronic conditions. In addition to chiropractic adjustments and soft-tissue therapies, a chiropractor can provide posture assessment and advice on using exercise to prevent pain.
“Don’t sit back.” British Chiropractic Association. Press Release. http://www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk/dont-sit-back-196-news.aspx