A part of growing up that often gets overlooked are the small aches and pains that follow us everywhere we go. In fact, 70 percent of people say they experience some pain or discomfort during everyday activities.
According to a new survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the Joint Chiropractic, seven out of every 10 Americans cited pain in some part of their body and expressed they wished they could replace at least one body part with a newer, more improved one. Nearly three-fifths of those who cite pain also said that they’re “always” or “often” thinking about their pain more than what they’re doing at the moment.
The study also found that while 76 percent of millennials cite daily aches and pains, only 59 percent of baby boomers claim they experience pains during daily activities.
Researchers believe that working remotely for the past two years has played a major factor into younger people experiencing more pain, as ergonomic equipment is not used as frequently in homes as it is in offices. Additionally, lack of regular exercise and proper sleep can affect one’s daily aches.
However, managing or reversing daily aches may be difficult for many. More than half of the adults surveyed said that they’re “always” or “often” uncomfortable while sleeping, and 49 percent said that recurring pain often prevents them from fully participating in fitness routines.
Despite their setbacks, nearly 90 percent of participants said they feel confident in their ability to manage their pain levels. To relieve their aches, 41 percent of respondents relied on stretching or physical exercise while 39 percent use over-the-counter medication.
Managing pain can take a lot of discipline and often requires making changes in multiple areas of life, including physical, mental and emotional. Check out our “New You” section for help and resources to work through all of life’s daily aches and pains.