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Campaign to stop slouching

18th April 2007

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is spearheading a campaign to tackle the UK's 'slouching culture'.

According to a survey of 1,500 young people aged 16 to 24, half suffer from back pain. This figure shows a steep rise from a figure of 18% in 2004. The BCA's Straighten Up UK campaign is a three-minute exercise programme designed to develop posture and fortify the spine.

The survey showed that half the respondents had been informed they had poor posture, but 1 in 5 were “not bothered� about it and a third had made no improvements to how they sat or stood.

The BCA’s Tim Hutchful told the Daily Mail: “Until recently under one in five young people were suffering, but now that figure has risen so that every other young person in the UK has some form of back pain, which is a huge figure and of serious concern.�

Experts caution that the young should pay attention to their posture as it can have long-term implications in later life. Lack of exercise, computer games and desk-bound work were highlighted as contributing factors that could impact future back problems.

Dr Ian Orr, BCA member and founder of Battersea and Wandsworth Chiropractors, told NetDoctor: "The longer-term implications are that if joints and muscles at the back are not moved properly or strengthened properly using your core stabiliser muscles, that can increase the rate of wear and tear and degeneration of the spine."

The Straighten Up campaign includes advice about posture and is designed to help prevent future back problems.

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