home Lifestyle Sedentary lifestyles are and will create huge health problems in the future

Sedentary lifestyles are and will create huge health problems in the future

back-pain-statsHumans have evolved from hunter gatherers and since the 1950s our lifestyle has become increasingly sedentary. The graph on the right shows what the Department of Social Security paid out for back pain up to the late 90s, the increase in back pain since the mid 80s mirrors computer sales in the same period see the second graph.totalshare1

Our spines have not had time to adapt to computers in this minute period of evolution, resulting in a huge increase in health problems such as back and leg pain, sciatica,headaches and migraines, neck, shoulder and arm pain, pins and needles, whiplash and poor posture. To help your spine adapt better to these stresses Richard Lanigan has produced a 2 page Spinal Care information pdf for you to download page1, page 2.

Ergonomics is the study of the interaction between people and machines and the factors that affect these interactions. There are many factors to consider when improving human-machine interactions, above all the users should benefit from ergonomic improvements rather than making the user fit the system. Much of the emphasis of ergonomics is on human capabilities and limitations and the need to design systems that reflect these limitations. However despite all the developments in ergonomics there has been a dramatic increase in low back pain since the introduction of computers to the workplace.

The most helpful thing you can do to prevent and manage back pain is to keep your back fit and healthy by leading an active lifestyle. When people ask for recommendations for a “good chair” I will often advise the least comfortable one because you are less likely to sit in it for hours. When you have to sit on something try a Swiss Ball because its instability enables the stress of sitting to be spread over a broader area.

Better to change lifestyle before treatment becomes necessary evolution


Richard Lanigan

In the 80s I was fitness and rehab consultant to the Danish national badminton teams, handball teams and Team Danmark. I was one of the pioneers of the type of warm up, stretching and resistance training programes which are now the norm in sport. I helped prepare many athletes for the 1984 and 88 Olympics. Then I started working with chiropractor Ole Wessung DC, who demonstrated the effectiveness of Chiropractic. In 1990 I decided to move back to the UK to study chiropractic at Anglo European College of Chiropractic gaining my DC (doctor of chiropractic) in 1995. I was student president for two years between 1993-1995 and was elected by the chiropractic professions to represent the profession on the chiropractic regulatory body (GCC) in 2007. I received a Masters in Health Promotion from Brunel Universityin 2004 and in 2008 was awarded a Fellowship by the UK College of Chiropractors. In January 2009 I resigned from the UK's General Chiropractic Council register because among other things they failed to maintain international standards of chiropractic education in the UK and were medicalising the practice of chiropractic by seeking prescription rights for chiropractors.

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