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Muscle tension, a scourge for 8 out of 10 French

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81% of French people suffer from muscle tension. In detail, the French claim to be especially affected by cramps, stiff neck, body aches or back muscle pain.

The survey revealed that all age groups are affected by these muscular tensions, even if seniors are more likely to suffer.

Three-quarters of 18-24 year olds claiming to be affected by these tensions, against 78% of 25-34 years, 79% aged 35-49 and 85% aged 65 and over.

Coping up with the pain, everyone reacts differently. 40% of respondents prefer to wait a day or two before treatment, while 30% choose to take a painkiller quickly. A fifth panel completely ignores the pain.

According to the study, fatigue (86%) and stress (57%) are the main causes of the occurrence of muscle tension.

This survey was conducted online between September 11 and October 13, 2011, among a sample of 1,027 people representative of the French population aged 18 and over.

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