Researchers at the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) found that 52 per cent of Britons claim to be suffering from back problems at the moment, often as a result of their daily routine.
For many, the problem is caused by lifting and carrying heavy objects, while others admit that it is due to bad posture.
Other common causes of back pain include housework and DIY, sleeping and sports.
Many people are likely to experience back pain over the bank holiday as a result of decorating chores or indulging in an extra few hours sleep and BCS spokesman Tim Hutchful pointed out: "People look forward to a day off work so much that they tend to cram a great deal in to make the most of it.
"Unfortunately this more often than not means that they are over-exerting themselves with unaccustomed activity."
The survey also revealed that 19 per cent of people have taken more than a week off work because of back pain.