Britons warned over bad posture

Britons have been urged to be more careful about their posture as more than half (51%) of the UK population are currently experiencing back pain, a new research has found.

A study by the British Chiropractic Association has revealed that more than two thirds (68%) of people have suffered from back pain at some point in their lives.

More than a third (36%) of people said they experienced stiffness while travelling by planes, trains, or by car, while 30% of people admitted to suffering from back pain.

It is not just planes, with their confined seating positions, where travellers need to pay attention to their posture.

For travelling short, medium or longer distances, 70% of those surveyed said they prefer to use the car.

With many people planning to go on trips during the Easter break, it is important for motorists to adopt a good driving position, particularly as one in five (19%) admit that driving has triggered their back pain.

Rishi Loatey from the British Chiropractic Association comments: "With the back-to-back Bank Holidays this Spring, more people will be travelling which, inevitably, means longer periods of sitting down.

"Our bodies are not designed to be still for long periods of time and this can pose a problem when travelling; the increase in stress on the back through uncomfortable seats or cramped conditions can lead to back pain and poor posture."

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