We have all heard the figures – approximately 80 percent of the population will experience lower back pain at some stage in their life. Though most of the population suffering chronic back problems tend to be the over 50s with arthritic and overuse complaints, we do still see a disappointingly high number of young people with acute low back pain.

One simple reason for this is that our generation has become increasingly more sedentary in our work environment. The invention of the computer, and hence prolonged sitting, was probably the biggest single contributing factor to the increase in lower back problems. Add into the equation slouching at home on the couch in front of the TV, sitting in the car/train/bus to get to and from work, sitting down for meals/drinks/movies and heavy lifting. Then you can also mix in some house duties- vacuuming, hanging out the washing and probably the most notorious cause of back pain, gardening and you can see how much strain the back must endure day in and day out, year after year.

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