When we hear the phrase ‘couch potato’, we often think of someone with bad habits and a sedentary lifestyle. But in today’s technologically savvy world, it isn’t just those who are inactive that can lead a ‘couch potato lifestyle’.
A recent study by the British Acupuncture Council found that of the 80% of people who suffer from back pain, most of these have problems because of unnecessary behaviours. The BAC surveyed 5,000 adults and found that almost half of the nation admits to eating on their lap, 40 per cent complain they sit at a desk all day and over a third admit to watching TV or films in bed. When asked about their posture, almost a third also admitted they slouch most of the time.
The majority of those with back/neck pain usually use painkillers to deal with the discomfort but do not investigate what could be the root cause of the problem. Many who do not find relief turn to acupuncture.
Acupuncture can help stimulate different points in the body and provide long term pain relief and reduced inflammation. In addition to acupuncture, once you pinpoint the root of your pain problems, you can make lifestyle changes that will maintain the positive effects of an acupuncture treatment.