25 Oct, 2011 @ 09:49
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Rise of the slouch potato in Spain

A COSTA del Sol-based chiropractor has warned of the increasing problem of back pain in children.

Dr Mark Lane points to the ‘snail effect’ of children carrying their lives on their back.

School routines involving carrying heavy books and sports equipment around all day is putting children at risk of long-term damage to their spines and nervous system.

It comes as a survey reveals that almost a third (32 per cent) of six to seven-year-olds are complaining of back pain.

Earlier research showed that 45 per cent of children had suffered some kind of back pain by the age of 11.

“This survey clearly highlights the alarming rate at which back pain is growing,” said Dr Lane.

“Poor sleeping patterns, low energy, poor performance at school and in sports can be some of the signs of spinal problems.”

To coincide with World Spine Day this Thursday (Oct 20), Dr Lane, of Marbella Chiropractic, is offering a limited number of free consultations to both children and adults.

Wendy Williams

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  1. thanks Dr. Lane (no relation) and the OP for informing the public, fascinating, informative and much needed ……


    Dr. Crapper (Mijas Costa) yearlong personal scientific report on intestinal movements in relation to sleeping and eating patterns.

  2. this is not new.. 20 odd years ago my daughter was diagnosed with escoliosis because of this spanish habit of having to carry all your books instead of supplying desks and lockers to store them overnight. Its a pity that the doctors who were or were not treating children for their painful backs didn’t think of drawing the authorities attention to what was happening. my spanish daughter in law was not treated properly and at the age of 30 she is almost crippled with pain. It s only now after 20 years that she is being given x rays etc.- instead of being dismissed as insignificant and prescribed pain relievers without stomach protectors which means they destroyed her digestive system.

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