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George morris physio -Back pain on the rise for Brits who spend too long sitting down, a survey reveals
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Back pain on the rise for Brits who spend too long sitting down, a survey reveals
Back pain is on the rise in Britain and our sedentary lifestyles may be to blame.
A survey has found the number of people experiencing back or neck pain on a weekly basis has risen from 40 per cent in 2013 to 49 per cent this year.
And two thirds of Brits (65 per cent) now experience back or neck pain each month, an increase of 16 per cent on five years ago.
Sitting still for long periods of time has become one of the most common triggers, with 45 per cent of people claiming it causes discomfort up 10 per cent on five years ago.
While lifting or carrying remains the number one catalyst for pain, with 53 per cent of people saying it was a trigger slightly down on the 2013 figure of 57 per cent.
But unlike 2013 when housework and DIY were blamed for 29 per cent of back pain, now sport and exercise are associated with twinges in 26 per cent of cases.
Back pain Association president, said: “Back pain is a relatively common condition which is usually not serious and can be easily prevented, so these findings should come as a wake-up call to all of us!
"Sport and exercise making it into the top five triggers for back pain concerns me as staying active is one of the best ways to stay strong and reduce your chances of back pain.
"In my experience, back pain from sport often comes when people do not take time to build up their intensity and instead, lift the heaviest weight they can find or go straight on a 10K run when they are not ready to."
With Back Care Awareness Week running from October 8-12th, it is recommended five easy steps to avoid back and neck pain.
Don't sit for long periods of time, stay active, work in a comfortable position, avoid using technology such as screens which compel you to look down all the time and straighten up with regular spinal stretching exercises.