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.