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“People have back pain!” says chiropractors: experts in hurting backs

Decade of back pain for millions: Seven in ten Britons admit living with twinges for more than 10 years

Seven in ten Britons have lived with neck pains or back twinges for more than a decade, a survey has found.

Back pain forced just under three in ten to take time off work with the number of sick days jumping 29 per cent last year to 9.9million days, the figures show.

Source: Daily Mail, 29th September 2015

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People are just coping with back pain and failing to get it treated? That sounds like a terrible idea. If only there were a group out there who use back pain as a gateway to claiming to treat all manner of unrelated symptoms such as colic and deafness, perhaps a group willing to pay for PR like this to appear in the news…

Yet two fifths have never done anything to protect their back actively, according to the British Chiropractic Association.

It goes without saying that one of the best ways to actively protect your back is to not allow a chiropractor anywhere near it, given that the disproven pseudoscience has been shown repeatedly to offer no reliable benefit and yet cause all manner of side effects.

Chiropractor Rishi Loatey said: ‘As modern lifestyles put increasing amounts of strain on our backs and necks it’s becoming even more important for people to take proactive measures to protect their back health.

‘Yet, we are seeing more and more people who have been struggling with back pain for longer periods of time.

It’s untrue that people should proactively seek pseudomedical treatment to avoid developing back pain, and it’s even less true that chiropractors are a body people should turn to for health advice. It’s very likely true, at least, that chiropractors see people struggling for long periods of time, although that might be due to their insistence that most ailments take a lengthy course of treatment to fix…

‘Prevention is always better than cure and it’s encouraging to see that some people told us they are taking steps to maintain a healthy posture, including limiting the amount of time they spend on laptops.

‘However, there are a number of other simple processes that people can incorporate into their daily routine to reduce the effect that back and neck pain can have on their everyday lives.

‘For example, people are often surprised at the positive impact that simply ensuring you take regular breaks when sitting for long periods of time, or walking regularly can have on your back.’

Here, I can agree with the chiropractor – taking regular breaks from your laptop or desk can help avoid developing bad posture or increasing your chances of getting aches and pains. However, that’s as far as the chiropractic advice goes – when, in fact, this story is in the newspapers to reputationally link common sense advice on back pain with the chiropractic industry, in order to stimulate interest in the public. Fortunately, most newspapers by now are well aware that there is not a jot of evidence in favour of chiropractic – just as there is often not a jot of truth behind the figures and statistics trotted out in headline-grabbing PR stories.

“Driving can give you a sore neck!” says chiropractors: experts in giving sore necks

Proof that traffic jams really can be a pain in the neck

BEING stuck in traffic can really be a pain in the neck, according to research.

Neck and back pain cases have risen by almost 10 per cent in the past year and one in seven Britons says commuting triggered it, a study found.

Driving was the most common commute among 47 per cent of more than 2,000 adults asked.

One in seven said they spent up to an hour behind the wheel and close to half also spend “most of their working day sitting”.

Source: Express, 1st September 2015

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Neck and back pain is on the rise, and it’s all the fault of the many hours we spend driving, apparently… according to ‘researchers’ quoted in the Express. Just who are these fine, health-conscious researchers?

The British Chiropractic Association, which carried out the research, said we are in the midst of a “sitting epidemic” damaging health.

Ah, the British Chiropractic Association – the body representing people who believe that the spine has an innate energy which, if blocked, causes all disease, and that clearing those ‘subluxations’ (blockages) can treat anything from colic to deafness. Those are not quite who most people would have in mind when they think of experts in posture and health.

Yet, this story is derived from a press release put out by that very same august body.

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No wonder even the Express didn’t feel the need to add a by-line and pretend it was written by one of their own.

The Association recommends professional help for pain lasting a few days which could become long-term.

Chiropractor Rishi Loatey said: “It’s important that we think about what could be causing strain.”

I agree with the BCA – people who are finding they have pain lasting a few days ought to perhaps seek professional help… which ought to preclude their visiting any purveyors of quack medicine like chiropractic, for starters.