Bad Posture Affecting Modern Brits

Having a bad back can be debilitating. In some cases, it can cause intense pain and it can prevent people from going about their daily tasks.

Most people suffer from discomfort in this region of their bodies at some point in their lives and some of those who experience such difficulties can benefit from investing in adjustable bed mattresses and the beds to go with them.

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These products offer impressive levels of support and they can make getting into and out of bed easier.

It seems as though interest in mattresses for adjustable beds may be particularly high among Brits. Research conducted by Simplyhealth has found that many people in the country suffer from back pain.

It is worth noting that it is not only older generations who experience these problems. More than eight in ten (84 per cent) of the 18 to 24-year-olds polled by Simplyhealth revealed they had suffered back pain in the last 12 months, the Daily Mail reports.

Some experts believe that spending too much time hunched over tablets, laptops and smartphones may be contributing to the problem.

The study also found that 18 to 24-year-olds lose 1.5 more working days per year to back pain than their parent’s generation. It is worth noting that while the over 55s typically spend 6.64 hours a day in front of computer screens, this figure rises to 8.83 hours a day among 18 to 24-year-olds.

Also, two-thirds of the younger age group admitted to slouching or hunching in front of their TVs.

Dr Brian Hammond, chairman of national back pain charity BackCare, said: “The vast majority of people experience back pain in the lower back. Over half the population experience pain in the neck or lower back every year.

“This survey shows that 18 to 24-year-olds are more likely to experience pain in the upper back and neck. It is likely that slumping and hunching over computers and hand-held devices is a contributory factor in the different types of back pain reported by different generations. Younger people are far more likely to be hunched over a device on a sofa, and would benefit from paying close attention to the basics of good posture.”

Meanwhile, Jean Broke-Smith, an expert in etiquette and deportment, added: “Although it has been decades since people learned good posture at finishing schools, the time seems right to recognise its potential to help younger people avoid the risk of back pain associated with increasing use of hand-held devices. Being aware you are slouching or hunching over your tablet or smartphone is half the battle. The other half is to counter this bad habit and the potential pain it can generate by always sitting up with a straight back with your device in a comfortable position at a reasonable height in front of you.”

As well as focussing on their posture, people may wish to invest in adjustable bed mattress products to help support their backs. It is now easy to buy these items over the web.

About the Author – Anna Longdin is a freelance blogger who has written extensively on the subject of health and wellbeing for a range of sites, including Adjustamatic Beds Limited.

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