A shocking survey carried out by the British Chiropractic Association has found two in three of us have suffered serious neck or back pain by the time we hit 35.
Add in people over 35 and the figures reach eight in 10.
It’s no wonder back problems are the biggest cause of time off work in the UK, and the second most common reason for going to the GP.
But the latest research also shows surprisingly few cases of back pain are the result of a serious accident or injury – the vast majority are caused simply by the cumulative effects of lifestyle that we tend to ignore.
For example, the Prime Minister David Cameron’s recurrent back pain is likely to have been triggered, at least in part, by all those hours at a desk or travelling in cars – and stress when he’s not chillaxing on holiday.
“Simple daily habits, such as hunching to read your smart phone, slouching in front of your computer – even having a weekend lie-in – can, over time, strain your spine and the surrounding muscles, leaving you vulnerable to serious back injury,” agrees BCA chiropractor Tim Hutchful.
“People will come to me in pain and say, ‘I just bent down to pick something up and my back went’, but actually it’s their behaviour in the months or years before which has led to the weakness – the one-off event is just the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.”
So to stop back pain now – and prevent future agony – try targeting the following unexpected culprits…
Full story of back pain causes to blame at the Mirror Lifestyle UK
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