June back pain forecast: Rise in strain injuries expected following prolonged sofa slouching and aggressive cheering during Euro 2012
With 31 Euro 2012 games equating to a whopping TWO DAYS of watching football on TV (not including pre and post match commentary and extra time of course), there has never been a better excuse to be a couch potato.
But beware – too much sitting, and in particular too much sitting in the wrong position, can lead to a whole host of back and neck problems. In fact, the British Osteopathic Association (BOA) is anticipating a significant rise in back strain injuries because slouching on the sofa for lengthy periods of time can increase pressure on a persons back and spine by 120 per cent.
• Britons are more likely to suffer from neck pain
• Massaging the spine is more effective than medicine in short and long term
People living in Britain are among those most likely to suffer neck pain according to an article published this month which states those living in high-income countries are more susceptible to the problem than those living in low or middle-income countries. The study of neck pain treatment, published in Annals of Internal Medicine earlier this month, also reveals that women are more likely than men to experience neck pain and that the problem is particularly prolific among office and computer workers.
Britons are exceptionally hardworking and driven with the UK ranked as the 13th most prosperous country out of the 130 countries measured in the 2011 Legatum Prosperity Index. Much of the work in high-income countries including the UK is conducted at a desk where ergonomics and stress are common factors that can result in neck pain and exacerbate existing conditions.
In the Sutton Guardian this week it was reported that local man Jason King (36) died after taking an overdose of painkillers for his neck pain, an inquest at Croydon Coroner’s Court heard. Jason had been prescribed Tramadol for long standing neck pain which was stopping him from working as a gardener.
This highlights the mistake of taking pain relief as a treatment for neck pain. There is a danger in thinking that pain relief can cure an injury, but in fact all it does is remove the symptoms. This then can lead to further damage to the neck as people are lulled into a false sense of security as they have no symptoms. I suspect this was the case here and as his symptoms worsened, his only solution was to increase his pain relief, which led to a vicious circle.
About half the people I treat at the clinic have back or neck problems. Most of these are as a result of mechanical disturbances of the spine due to postural strains, joint dysfunction, work, sport, pregnancy or just life itself. These disturbances often lead to nerve irritation such as sciatica or ‘trapped nerves’. Continue reading
In simple terms, both Osteopaths and Chiropractors tend to treat similar conditions with similar techniques, especially in Britain, where the two evolved along parallel but converging paths. Continue reading