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  1. The National Health Service spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs. In the private healthcare sector £565 million is spent on back pain every year.
  2. The lowdown on back pain. Most people have lower back pain. This is because the lower back bears the weight of the upper body. It also twists and bends more than the upper back.
  3. If your back pain started after a trivial movement, such as picking up a book from the floor, you could have a slipped disc or a joint problem in your spine.
  4. Many people who often have back pain, either lead inactive sedentary lives, or have inherited a genetic susceptibility to back pain.
  5. Cyclists often experience back pain, which can often be rectified by adjusting the angle of the bicycle seat.
  6. 80% of people over the age of 30 experience back problems at some point in their lives. 30% of those will have recurring problems.
  7. Low back pain is the second most frequent reason for visits to the physician.
  8. Eighty seven percent of back problems are known to be muscular in origin — meaning they are related to how your move your body.
  9. Most acute back pain goes away on its own, whether or not you treat it with medication or other therapies.
  10. The spine is so strong that it can withstand the pressure of hundreds of kilograms.
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May was wet and windy in the south but we don’t let the weather dampen our mood especially now we are able to dine out a bit more. But the change in temperature/weather can play havoc on people with conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia. Check out my post on this during May.

Here are the twenty eight posts we wrote during May from Reflexology from Fibromyalgia to Spinal Cord Awareness Day.

Our regular Sleep Sunday Slots included –

  1. Let’s Talk About 9 of the best sleep aps,
  2. Fibromyalgia & Sleep Problems,
  3. Sleep & Sciatica,
  4. 12 Science Backed Tips for Better Sleep Hygiene.

5. Are Steroid Injections for Sacroiliac Joint Arthritis The Best Treatment

May was Fibromyalgia Awareness Month so there were plenty of posts on this which included –

6. 22 Myths & Facts About Fibromyalgia,

7. Reflexology as a treatment for Fibromyalgia,

8. Fibromyalgia Awareness Month and World Fibromyalgia Day,

9. Magnet Therapy for Fibromyalgia,

10. The Never Ending Symptoms of Fibromyalgia,

11. Fibromyalgia Flare Ups – More Pain for Fibro Sufferers as the Seasons change

12. A Must Watch for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Sufferers.

Our Awareness Days also included –

13. British Red Cross Week

14. World Red Cross & Red Crescent Day

15. Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day

16. Arthritis Care Awareness Week

17. World MS Day

18. Scoliosis Awareness Day

Other posts on Back Pain included

19. Bad Back Companies post on my story of ‘Lockdown The Next Stages’

20. 7 Common Types of Back and Spine Pain

21. What happens to pain over 21 years

22. Ten ways to stay strong and well

23. Me, and my crooked Back

24. 7 Causes of Lower Back Pain in Women

25. VRT Vertical Relax Therapy

26. Living with the Pain of Osteoarthritis

27. I popped a couple of great quotes in this month with one for Fibromyalgia – “People think those with fibromyalgia are just faking it. Actually, they’ve got it backwards – we’re faking being well. Anon

28. Another quote on Back Pain “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today “- Will Rogers