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Almost one-fifth of Brits suffer Back Pain

Statistics from Public Health England by Imperial College London has found that, on average, 17 per cent of the population in England are suffering from back pain.

The data came from PHE’s Health Survey, and only those who were in pain at the time of the survey and who had been in pain for at least three months, were counted in the figures. This means it is likely to underestimate the scale of the problem, given that it’s possible to treat a bout of acute back pain within three months.

Charity Versus Arthritis commissioned Imperial College London to carry out the analysis.

A spokesperson for the organisation commented: “Back pain can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, affecting their independence, mobility and ability to stay in work.”

They added that while things like painkillers and physiotherapy can help people to manage their back pain, more investment is needed for “treatments and better pain management techniques”.

If you’ve tried traditional physiotherapy but are still struggling with your back pain, you could explore tui na massage instead. This treatment combines soft tissue massage and acupressure, and the main focus of the treatment is to detect, reduce and correct muscular imbalances and misalignments that cause pain.

Around 80 per cent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives and it’s the leading cause of disability in the UK.

The Express recently reported on a new study by Anglia Ruskin University, which found that people who suffer from back pain are more than twice as likely as those who don’t have back pain to experience common mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression and stress.

If you’d like to try tui na massage in Chester, get in touch with us today.


Matthew Budd BSc (Hons)