To mark Chiropractic Awareness Week in April, the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has revealed the results of consumer research undertaken to measure the state of back and neck health across the whole of Britain. The BCA has developed a map showing the variations across the country, these variations include: how each region is being proactive in keeping their backs and necks healthy, which regions are currently suffering the most back and neck pain and the frequency of back and neck pain by region.
This research highlights what other research has been telling us which is that back and neck pain is on the increase across Britain. However, the research highlights the wide variation in the number of people suffering back and neck pain across different regions. For example, in Northern Ireland, 57% of people reported suffering back and neck pain currently, this is in comparison to only 40% of people in the South East. That’s a difference of 17%.
As far as being proactive in preventing back and neck pain, Londoners come out on top, closely followed the South West.
Another disturbing trend that has been confirmed is that people are suffering back and neck pain at earlier ages. Again the variations across regions were quite significant with 70% of residents in the Midlands reporting experiencing back or neck pain by the age of 30 in comparison to 48% of people in the East of England.
The research also reveals the most common triggers for back and neck pain as well as the impact back and neck pain has on people’s lives.
Reported as being the main trigger of back and neck pain across all regions was lifting (& carrying). This was followed by sitting still for long periods.
People across most regions reported that back and neck pain was most likely to prevent them from sleeping followed by exercising.
As chiropractors in a busy clinic in Stoke on Trent we encourage people to take a proactive approach to keeping their backs and necks in good health.
Here are our chiropractors top tips to achieving and maintaining a healthy back and neck given the findings of the research:
Get off your seat: Sitting for prolonged periods in the same position can put a strain on your back and neck. Make sure to get up and move around at regular intervals, we recommend at least every 30 minutes.
Move it or lose it: Research has shown that staying active helps reduce the risk of back and neck pain. After all your body is designed to move so move it! Why not incorporate a simple 3 minute programme into your daily routine. Straighten Up UK is designed to promote movement, balance, strength and flexibility.
Take regular exercise: You don’t have to run a marathon but taking regular exercise offers all kinds of benefits as well as keeping your spine active. Swimming, walking and yoga are good options to consider. Always seek advice before starting any new form of exercise from your health care provider.
Use the right technique to lift & carry: Bend at the knees, keep your back straight, face the direction you want to go in, avoid twisting your back and take your time. Don’t try lifting anything that is too heavy or awkward for you to manage alone – ask for help.
Sleep soundly: Sleep is vital for good health. If you are having problems sleeping or finding that a night’s sleep is playing havoc with your back or neck then it’s possibly time to look at your mattress. If your mattress is older than 7 years, you can feel the springs through the mattress or the mattress is not providing you with the support you need it’s probably time to invest in a new one.
You can find many useful videos on the Pain Prevention page of our website. Please make use of this advice and keep your back and neck healthy.
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today
From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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