Back pain soars among young people because they are sitting down for too long

People of all ages can be affected by symptoms of neck and back pain, and due to an increase in sedentary lifestyles and decreased exercise, it would appear that aches and pains are on the increase, especially amongst younger people.

The article below (published in the mirror here describes how back pain is on the increase due to our modern lifestyles.


Back pain soars among young people because they are sitting down for too long.

15:42, 12 April 2015 By

A sedentary lifestyle and a change in working habits mean more people are complaining of spinal pain – particularly  the young.

Office man suffering back pain

On the rise: Back pain is increasing – especially among younger people


The number of young people living with back or neck pain has risen to nearly half in a year – caused by long periods spent sitting at computers.

The British Chiropractic Association found that 45% of 16 to 24-year-olds have neck or back pain, compared to 28% of 18 to 24-year-olds last year.

Across all ages, 86% of people polled were in pain compared to 77% the year before.

A quarter 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.

x-ray skeletal back pain

Sitting up straight and standing can help prevent pain

he 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.”

The Reading Chiropractor treats people of all ages, call us to see if we can be of help on 01189 394040.

Chiropractic treatment can help for the treatment of low back pain in pregnancy!

The Reading Chiropractor can help with low back pain in pregnancy!

It is a common misnomer that low-back pain is normal during pregnancy, however this is not the case. Often underlying problems will lead to pains around the low-back, pelvis and pubis and once these problems have been addressed the symptoms disappear. At the Reading Chiropractor we enjoy treating patients during pregnancy, the benefits and outcomes of which can be dramatic. Pregnancy should not be something to fear and suffer throughout, it should be largely pleasurable, as you build your bonds with your imminent arrival.

Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up


Low back pain in pregnancy is common and research evidence on the response to chiropractic treatment is limited. The purposes of this study are:

  1. to report outcomes in pregnant patients receiving chiropractic treatment;
  2. to compare outcomes from subgroups;
  3. to assess predictors of outcome.


Pregnant patients with low back or pelvic pain, no contraindications to manipulative therapy and no manual therapy in the prior 3 months were recruited.

Baseline numerical rating scale (NRS) and Oswestry questionnaire data were collected. Duration of complaint, number of previous LBP episodes, LBP during a previous pregnancy, and category of pain location were recorded.

The patient’s global impression of change (PGIC) (primary outcome), NRS, and Oswestry data (secondary outcomes) were collected at 1 week, 1 and 3 months after the first treatment. At 6 months and 1 year the PGIC and NRS scores were collected. PGIC responses of ‘better’ or ‘much better’ were categorized as ‘improved’.

The proportion of patients ‘improved’ at each time point was calculated. Chi-squared test compared subgroups with ‘improvement’. Baseline and follow-up NRS and Oswestry scores were compared using the paired t-test. The unpaired t-test compared NRS and Oswestry scores in patients with and without a history of LBP and with and without LBP during a previous pregnancy. Anova compared baseline and follow-up NRS and Oswestry scores by pain location category and category of number of previous LBP episodes. Logistic regression analysis also was also performed.


52% of 115 recruited patients ‘improved’ at 1 week, 70% at 1 month, 85% at 3 months, 90% at 6 months and 88% at 1 year. There were significant reductions in NRS and Oswestry scores (p?<?0.0005). Category of previous LBP episodes number at one year (p?=?0.02) was related to ,improvement’ when analyzed alone, but was not strongly predictive in logistic regression. Patients with more prior LBP episodes had higher 1 year NRS scores (p?=?0.013).


Most pregnant patients undergoing chiropractic treatment reported clinically relevant improvement at all time points. No single variable was strongly predictive of, improvement’ in the logistic regression model.

Article Source:

Cynthia K Peterson*, Daniel Mühlemann and Barry Kim Humphreys

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2014, 22:15  doi:10.1186/2045-709X-22-15

Read the full research paper here: This recent study shows how Chiropractic treatment can be beneficial for the treatment of low back pain in pregnancy.

Chiropractic Care for Back Pain, Neck pain, Headaches, Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia

Man holding his hipsInteresting article from the WebMD website.

Among people seeking back pain relief alternatives, most choose chiropractic treatment. About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. Of these, 7.7 million, or 35%, are seeking relief from back pain from various causes, including accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains. Other complaints include pain in the neck, arms, and legs, and headaches.

Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care is considered a safe, effective treatment for acute low back pain.


Research has also shown chiropractic to be helpful in treating neck pain and headaches.


In addition, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia may respond to the moderate pressure used by chiropractors.


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