Back pain crisis warning over ‘sitting for too long’

IF you have back pain, you’re not alone.

It’s such a common problem and new research shows Australia is in the grip of a back pain crisis with over 80 per cent of households having at least one occupant affected and over half the sufferers are young aged 25 to 64.
Musculoskeletal disorders (including back pain) cost the economy over $55.1 billion last year in direct health costs, lost productivity and reduced quality of life.
Putting the spotlight on Spinal Health Week (May 20-26), the Australian Chiropractors Association commissioned the survey which revealed the nation is in the midst of a crisis which will only get worse unless Australians manage back pain to align with new World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.
These guidelines recommend holistic, drug-free approaches like chiropractic healthcare and discourage the use of opioids and paracetamol due to associated risks and lack of effectiveness.
The Spine Doctor Bankstown’s chiropractor Michael Boulattouf said sitting down for too long everyday was definitely the leading cause of this modern ‘back pain’ epidemic.
“Leaning forward while at your computer or on your phone, throws out the posture which is needed for good spine health,” he said.
“There are postural aids available but it’s vital to have awareness; your work station must have good ergonomics, take regular breaks and get into a stretching routine.
“Getting enough Vitamin D won’t affect your back directly but it will improve your bone health which is important overall.”
Neo Direction Integrated Therapy chiropractor Penny Chow says bad posture is the main issue.
“Your muscles get tight but they’re essential to provide good spinal support,” she said.
“Always remember to stretch and even better, do a yoga or pilates class every week.”