Back Pain from Sitting
I read an article that cited the statistic that 50% of 18-34 year olds regularly suffer from back pain. I know that nearly half of 40-49 year olds have evidence of arthritis in their back so I can understand 50% of 40-60 years olds suffering from back pain on a regular basis, but why are so many young people suffering from it? And is there anything we can do about it?
According to the article it all stems from the increased amount of time young people spend sitting. From school aged children who are spending longer hours doing homework and playing video games, then through university, by the time they enter the workforce as an 18-24 year old, they have already spent way too much of their life sitting.
Prolonged sitting affects the flexibility of your spine and even in a good chair with correct posture, over time your core stabilising muscles will fatigue, leading to changes in the curve of your spine and compression of the lower back. Here in Singapore the government has only just introduced new occupational health and safety laws so if the ergonomics at your workplace are substandard you should speak up as there are new companies set up to help your employer comply with the new regulations.
If you’re a parent of a young child who is concerned about their child developing back pain have a look at my back to school guide (coming soon) and if you want more information send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). It’s important they develop good habits at a young age.