80 percent of the students suffer from headaches. Students have less and less unplanned time, and addiction to painkillers increases.
Our society demands more and more services from young people in particular and this is clearly noticeable in the health of children. A bleak picture emerges from a survey among high school students. 80 percent of about 1200 students in Munich report that they suffer from headaches on a regular basis. Another 50 percent also report that they suffer from back pain or neck tension, for example. In this context, these numbers are also important: Around 50 percent of Munich's high school students said they felt overwhelmed in everyday life.
These terrifying numbers were presented by Prof. Andreas Straube at a press conference on Wednesday at the German Pain Congress in Mannheim. In this context, Prof. Christoph Maier warned that young patients with chronic pain could become addicted to medication because they were given the wrong means of pain therapy.
Around a quarter of the schoolchildren surveyed stated that they suffer from social stress. Stress can also cause pain, as Straube emphasizes. Another ten percent of respondents complained that they had less than an hour of unscheduled time available per day. Around 50 percent of the students had two hours each with no upcoming appointments or tasks. This shows that the concentration of time and tasks is not only noticeable in adults. In view of these figures, Professor Straube criticized the "condensation and acceleration of life". One has to ask whether this will benefit us all in the long run and will not lead to increasing problems, ”said the pain expert.
As an effective compensation, the doctor recommends sufficient physical exercise. Because whoever moves more actively also has less pain. Straube cited the possibility of offering 20 to 30 minutes of active running in all-day schools as an example. Relaxation techniques and exercises could also be taught by the schools. Children and adolescents also need enough time to “relax”. “I think that a big rethink is necessary,” said Straube.
In this context, the graduate social pedagogue and trauma expert Gritli Bertram pointed out to Heilpraxisnet.de that free allocation of time is essential for the child's healthy development. "If the time of young people is planned, there is also no time for relaxation and creativity". This has serious consequences not only for health, but also for social integrity. "Often there is only time left for social networks on the Internet, personal meetings and cultivating social contacts are increasingly taking a back seat due to lack of time," said the teacher. "This will have fatal consequences for our society because people forget to get in touch with each other on a personal level. Social phobias could increase."
In the same breath, the number of patients who depend on pain relievers is also increasing. It also shows that people are confronted with serious malpractice, said Straube at the Pain Congress. It shows that more and more doctors willingly or ignorantly prescribe strong painkillers, even though there is a psychosomatic illness. This increases the risk of drug addiction and addiction. This trend can be observed very well in the USA: According to extensive study results, around 40 percent of addicted people have become addicted to “legal” drug addiction.
New study results will also be presented at the 2010 Pain Congress. An investigation by the Vestische Kinder- und Jugendklinik in Datteln found that about half of all children who have had type I diabetes for more than two years have hidden nerve damage. The nerve damage could be identified using a new measurement method, reported Dr. Markus Blankenburg from the children's clinic. Pain in patients who have spasticity due to early childhood brain damage is not caused by muscle tension, but by the nerve damage itself. According to the experts, these new findings could lead to advances in the treatment of pain patients. (sb, 07.10.2010)
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