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Travellers urged to avoid back pain

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The British Chiropractic Association has issued tips to holidaymakers to avoid back problems caused by long haul travel.

The advice comes as travel agents reported a big rise in the number of Britons heading overseas to take advantage of the host of bank holidays coming in quick succession, including Easter, the Royal Wedding and the May Day Bank holiday.

Those going abroad should also ensure that they have taken out comprehensive travel insurance to cover themselves for illness and other problems.

The British Chiropractic Association found in its study that 51% of Britons suffer from back pain, while 68% have experienced back problems at some point in their lives.

The study also found that nearly a third (30%) of Britons suffer back pain because of travelling, while 36% experience stiffness.

It has urged people to do shoulder shrugs and buttock clenches to avoid stiffness while travelling by plane, train or car.

It has also advised rail and plane passengers to try to stand up and move around every 20-40 minutes or at least stretch.

People have also been urged to drink plenty of water and not alcohol while flying, in order to prevent dehydration.

© Press Association 2011