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Under-35s back pain 'increasing'


By Simon O'Hare

Long-term back pain is an increasing problem for young people who spend long periods sitting down, it is claimed.

"We are seeing more and more people under the age of 35 with back and neck pain because of the increasingly sedentary lives they lead," said Tim Hutchful, a chiropractor with the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).

New research by the BCA suggests almost one in three people aged under 35 experience back or neck pain for up to a month at a time.

Two out of three (65 per cent) 16 to 34-year-olds have experienced neck or back pain, the poll of 2,400 people revealed.

Around one in four said they have lived with this pain for up to a month.

A third said their back pain can be triggered by sitting still for long periods of time and two-fifths acknowledged they are "mainly sitting" for the majority of time at work.

The survey also revealed the extent to which the pain can impact upon young people's lives and in some cases affect their daily activities.

Two out of three (68 per cent) said their back or neck pain has prevented them from exercising and sleeping, while more than a fifth (22 per cent) had missed out on socialising with friends and family because of their condition.

BCA chiropractor Tim Hutchful added: "It's really important that young people understand the importance of keeping active and seek help from an expert if they are in pain."

The BCA has developed a three-minute exercise programme for people of all ages known as Straighten Up, which is designed to help strengthen the spine while improving posture and flexibility.

More information about the programme is available on the BCA website, where a leaflet can be downloaded.

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