Taking to your bed can further reduce your mobility, delay you getting treatment and lengthen your recovery time, experts warn.
A study of 1,000 people aged 25-65 with aches and pains found that younger people were more likely to suffer neck and shoulder pain due to being hunched over technological devices such as computers all day. A significant 99% of the over-50s surveyed suffered from back pain.
Of all those questioned, 35% thought bed rest was the best form of treatment.
However, research shows that bed rest is the last thing sufferers should do and that treatments such as physiotherapy and exercise programmes are more effective.
Team GB kayaker and physiotherapist Paul Hobrough said: ‘People get trapped in a cycle where their lack of exercise not only exacerbates their pain and stiffness, it also leads to muscle wastage.”
He said that inactivity eventually causes weight gain, which can lead to further stress on the damaged area.
Every year back and joint problems cost the UK economy £5.7 billion as well as 10 million working days.
The study, funded by the Simplyhealth Advisory Research Panel (ShARP), found that younger people are more open to physio treatment than the over 40s, with only one in seven going to a physiotherapist for treatment compared with one in five under 40s.
Older people are more likely to rely on painkillers, with 63% resorting to pills. Dr Gill Jenkins who works with ShARP warns that while these may be effective at fighting pain in the short term, they can do damage to the body if taken for a long period of time.
One way to combat pain in a non-invasive way is with hypnotherapy. You can find out more about hypnotherapy for pain relief by visiting our Pain Management page.
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