The countdown has begun for the 2018 Back Pain Awareness Week which is on the 8th-12th October – #backpainweek
Back Pain Awareness Week (#backpainweek) this year is the 8th-12th October, and the theme this year is back pain in older adults.
Backcare writes that Back pain is one of the major disabling health conditions among older adults aged 60 years and older. Many causes of lower back pain are age-related with physical and psychosocial changes. There is a distinct lack of awareness, especially in older adults to the causes and effects of back pain and pain management.
In BackCare’s TalkBack Summer Magazine an article from Arthritis Research points out that INCREASING numbers of people are suffering from low back pain worldwide – an issue being made worse by the prevalence of inappropriate treatment methods, according to recent scientific papers published by The Lancet.
It is most common and burdensome in working populations, with many older people finding that their back pain prevents them from taking part in daily activities. Although most cases of low back pain are short-lasting, recurrences are common, with the costs associated with back pain-related healthcare and work disability
shown to be enormous.
Events throughout the week include –
Physiotherapy with Katrina from Bodyworks Physiotherapy Clinic – Monday 10.30-11.30 A talk outlining the most common lower back issues in older adults and a demonstration of exercises to help lower back conditions.
Osteopathy with Lindee and Ned – Tuesday 10.30-11.30 Understanding how your posture affects your breathing and learn how to breathe to optimise your health and wellbeing.
Rehabilitation with Jamie – Wednesday 10.30-11.30 Learn about the benefits of exercise to back health and function.
Podiatry with Paul from Expert Podiatry a free event on Thursday 10.30-11.30 The importance of foot function is working out the cause of managing your back pain.
Seated Pilates with Claire from Bodyworks Physiotherapy Clinic – Friday 10.30-11.30 Seated exercises designed to improve your physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness.