Chiropractic Awareness Week 2014
April 14th to April 18th 2014 is Chiropractic Awareness Week. This week is run by the British Chiropractic Association, and the focus this year is on spinal pain in young people.
Recent research from the Royal College of Chiropractors demonstrates that 40% of 11 to 16 year olds experience back or neck pain. This worrying statistic is corroborated by other research demonstrating degenerative changes are visible in the necks of young people, a finding normally associated with age and "wear and tear".
The cause of increasing prevalence of spinal pain has not been confirmed, but it is thought to be related to sedentary lifestyles and excess time spent using electronic gadgets such as tablet PCs and smart phones.
Correct posture depends on taking regular exercise. The way in which bones and muscles develop depends on the types of strains they are placed under whilst growing. Lack of challenge leads to weak muscles, whilst repetitive use of poor postures can cause muscle imbalances and poorly formed bones, particularly within the spine.
Regarding the effects of a sedentary lifestyle on young people, the chiropractors here at Worcester Chiropractic Clinic had these tips for parents:
Running alongside Chiropractic Awareness Week, from the 14th to the 17th of April, Worcester Chiropractic Clinic are offering free consultations to under 18s. Chiropractic Treatment is suitable for all ages and this provides a perfect opportunity to have a check up and correct any poor postures and habits before they mount up.