BackCare's Head of Research and Education assesses the best alternatives. Click here to read the full article, published in the Mirror. Yoga and Gentle Exercise each scored 4/5. Acupuncture, Pilates and Chiropractic/osteopathy all scored 3/5 - as did Listening to Music. Interestingly Sitting up Straight scored 0/5. I contend this is because, without the benefit of Alexander lessons to show them the right way to sit comfortably upright, people who try to sit up straight as an antidote to slumping tend to do it the wrong way, with tight muscles and too much effort.
The British Chiropractic Association warned last week that our modern sedentary lifestyle and repeatedly looking down at mobile phones and other devices have led to a dramatic rise in the number of young people who are experiencing back and neck pain. "The only sort of neck pain we used to see with that age group was people who had been in car accidents. But now the vast majority of neck pains are people from secondary school upwards." Click here to read more, including tips to help you protect your back and neck.