Strictly Come Slouching

09 Sep 2010

With the autumn nights drawing in and Strictly Come Dancing starting up again, the nation is gearing up for a series of Saturday nights slouched in front of the box. Poor posture is one of the biggest causes of back pain and the British Chiropractic Association has some simple pointers to safely enjoy Saturday nights in front of the TV.

With the autumn nights about to draw in and Strictly Come Dancing starting this weekend, the nation is gearing up to a series of Saturday nights slouched in front of the box.

From now until Christmas, there is an onslaught of weekend entertainment programmes and the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is warning that we could all be ‘Strictly Come Aching’ as a result.

Research highlights that 28% of the population already spend over 15 hours seated per day Monday to Friday. But for the next three months avid viewers of X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing could spend the equivalent of an extra two days on the sofa watching Simon Cowell and Len Wiseman put contestants through their paces.

Poor posture is one of the biggest causes of back pain, and figures continue to rise, with 32% of the nation currently suffering from back pain and 62% having suffered. This additional inactivity on top of our already sedentary lifestyles means we could be in for a serious case of the Slouch Factor. Tim Hutchful from the British Chiropractic Association warns: “As a nation we clearly like to sit down and whilst resting is good for our bodies there is almost twice as much pressure on your back when you are sitting incorrectly than there is if you stand up. Sitting for prolonged periods of time as inactivity coupled with incorrect posture lays us open to back pain.”

The British Chiropractic Association has some simple pointers to enjoy Saturday nights in front of the TV safely:

  • Sit up – Sit in chairs that provide full support for your spine and make sure your shoulders, hips and knees face the same direction.
  • Stand up – Avoid sitting in the same position for more than 40 minutes, less if possible. When you do take a break, walk around and stretch a little.
  • Exercise – Compensate for inactivity during the ad breaks by doing some light exercise – anything to loosen your muscles.

Exe Chiropractic Clinic is located in central Exeter. Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive treatment approach to musculoskeletal problems (lower back pain, neck pain, headaches). To book a consultation with a chiropractor call us on 01392 690200 or email us on info@exechiropractic.co.uk. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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