As a result of the extended amount of time that we have all spent inside, most notably when working from home, 64% of 18 to 29-year-olds now suffer from back pain.
More back pain for young adults
The importance of having set up appropriate accommodation to support your back when working from home is now more apparent than ever. Coupled with the fact that we have spent so much time on our butts, slouching and generally just practicing horrible posture, our backs have seriously taken a major hit during the pandemic.
A study conducted by the health campaign Mind Your Back, found that almost two thirds of young adults are actively experiencing back problems. GP Dr Jill Jenkins explains that:
For the six in ten Brits who have been mostly or always working from home during the pandemic and are now hybrid working, almost half don't have constant access to a table and supportive chair during their working day.
And unfortunately, 20 per cent have to work while sitting on a sofa or bed. This plays absolute havoc with posture and spine health.
How to treat your back pain
So what are we to do to reverse the effects of this newly-acquired ailment? First thing's first, Dr. Jenkins says that taking a walk every once in a while is important to keep you constantly active and your muscles engaged.
You should also be reconsidering a more appropriate desk set up to make your back feel as comfortable as possible. If not, perhaps trying a standing desk might help as well. And if all this fails, stretching, yoga, and daily exercise will keep your muscles and bones from becoming mush.