“People get back pain!” says back-cracking pseudoscience group
Pain in the neck: Old mattresses to blame for waking up in agony – says study
Experts say mattresses should be switched every seven years, but one in three change beds less than once a decade and one in 10 have never replaced theirs
One in three people wake up with back or neck pain and two out of five suffer so badly they have been kept awake by it, a study claims.
Source: Mirror, 25th October 2013
Back pain is clearly a common complaint, and one for which the available treatment options are often lacking in significant success. That said, is your mattress really to blame? Or is this story placed in the press purely for the benefit of an organisation with a vested interest? Let’s take a look at those ‘experts’, and find out:
The British Chiropractic Association said the problem could lie in old mattresses.
Experts say mattresses should be switched every seven years, but one in three change beds less than once a decade and one in 10 have never replaced theirs, even if springs are felt or it creaks.
The story was actually based on a press release from the British Chiropractic Association – the organisation set up to represent pseudoscientific spine-twisters and well-intentioned quacks who are essentially playing doctor with often no real knowledge (or innate intelligence, you could say) of the real causes and treatments of back pain.
But they do so like to proclaim their expertise from the pages of national newspapers.