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BACKCARE AWARENESS WEEK 3rd – 7th OCTOBER 2022…

BackCare is UK’s national charity for back and neck pain since 1968. Back pain doesn’t kill, it tortures – destroying lives and livelihoods. It accounts for half of all chronic pain and is the leading cause of sickness and absence from work.

Back pain is one of the top common causes of absence from work throughout the country. It costs the UK economy around £15 billion every year as over four million working days are lost as a result of the condition. Furthermore, about 80% of the UK population will suffer back pain at some point.

BackCare decided it was important to run a campaign targeted at children and young people as many of the back and neck pain problems experienced by adults are due to them not looking after their backs during their childhood and teenage years.

Previous campaigns have focused on Working from Home; Studying at Home; Spending More Time at Home; Back Pain in Nursing; Back Pain in Golf. Together we can help avoid preventable back injury.

Back pain and related pain conditions account for a quarter of all UK sickness absences from work. Let’s not create another generation of back pain patients.

Dr Brian Hammond, the Chair of BackCare said:  “Early teaching of children and young people of the importance of taking care of their backs is bound to have a positive effect on the health of their backs as adults… there are simple things children and young people can do, such as sitting properly and not for too long, exercising regularly, stretching and lifting correctly. They also need to know how to carry their school books and equipment in a way that does not harm their back or neck.”

In 2015, BackCare surveyed 900 secondary school pupils (11-16 years) across the UK, revealing that two thirds of UK secondary pupils have experienced back pain. One in four UK secondary pupils suffers from back pain regularly or every day – this was higher amongst girls (27%) than boys (19%). Neck and shoulder pain were also very common, affecting a similar number.

School bag burden was found to be very common and strongly linked to back pain. Half of those surveyed said their school bag often or always felt tiring or too heavy for them. Back pain was ten times more common amongst pupils with heavy or tiring school bags.

Pupils were also asked to estimate the number of hours they spend sitting per day in the classroom, at meal times, whilst travelling, when doing homework and during their free time. The survey revealed that UK secondary pupils sit for an average of nine hours per day. Back pain was almost doubled amongst pupils with higher than average sitting times. Studies have linked sitting for more than four hours per day with increased risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, depression and dementia.

With the global pandemic in mind, the past two years have been extremely difficult for all. As a result BackCare Awareness Week 2021 (4th to 8th October) they will be paying particular attention to:

  • Working from Home
  • Studying at Home
  • Spending more time at Home

They have not forgotten those who are still working from offices, factories, schools, colleges, universities and hospitals too. BackCare Awareness Week 2021 has something for everyone.

A little bit of history about back pain. in 1500 B.C. The earliest surviving surgical text is the incomplete “Edwin Smith Papyrus” which ends in the middle of a description of an acute back strain.

In1300 B.C. in Ancient Egypt According to researchers, King Tutankhamun suffers from painful back pain and had a curved spine.

In 1828 causes of Back Pain Are explored and for the first time, a physician from Glasgow Royal Infirmary publishes a study claiming that back discomfort could be caused by the vertebral column and nerve system.

In 1968 Back Care is born and Businessman and philanthropist Stanley Grundy establishes the organization, BackCare.

Source: Back Care, Health Assured National Today

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SEPTEMBER 1st-30th- PAIN AWARENESS MONTH…

PAIN AWARENESS MONTH – 1st – 30th September – The theme for Pain Awareness Month 2022.

The World Health Assembly (WHA) – a subsection of the World Health Organization (WHO) – has declared September Pain Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising public awareness and understanding of pain. Many organisations around the world contribute, including the U.S. Pain Foundation, the International Pain Foundation and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

During September, the U.S. Pain Foundation will be sharing 30 stories of people living with pain over 30 days, while the AMTA has posted resources to inform people of the role of massage therapy in pain management strategies. Here at Pain Concern, we will be posting regularly on social media.

Everyone can play a part during this month by using the hashtag #PainAwarenessMonth.

You can also get involved by ‘liking’/‘following’ Pain Concern on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date and share the cause.

The British Pain Society ask us to help the BPS and others raise public awareness around pain during Pain Awareness Month! IASP share some fantastic resources on their website for Pain Awareness Month which we too shall be sharing!

The BPS share with you the first in a series of posters they are releasing to raise awareness of pain. This may be the first time in a while that you have had to consciously think about pain, but for some, it is a regular problem to manage and for others it is a constant feature of life, challenging every aspect of existence. Help is available.

The British Pain Society is the oldest and largest multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain within the UK. Chronic pain is suffered by over a third of the population. It is commonly distressing and commonly highly disabling. It is devastating for individuals who suffer. Many cannot work and lose their jobs.

Treatment of pain is a fundamental human right, yet sadly there is an enormous gap between the care people require and what happens in practice. We also do not know enough about the cause and treatment of pain. Our alliance of professionals works collaboratively with patients and industry partners to advance the understanding and management of pain. We strive to reduce the suffering of people enduring daily pain.

Their multidisciplinary nature is pivotal in making The British Pain Society a uniquely relevant representative body on all matters relating to pain.

The Pain Doctor website has a list of 60 Must-Read Chronic Pain Books For Those Living In Pain and writes that one of the most challenging things for people with a chronic illness of any kind is the sense of isolation. The feeling that there is no one else who is having the same experience. One way that this can be counteracted is through media. Books, movies, and television that depict characters or tell the true story of people faced with the same challenges can help.

Source: British Pain Society Pain Concern Pain Doctor

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6 WAYS TO HEAL YOURSELF WITH COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES YOU CAN DO AT HOME…

With a massive choice of complementary therapies available for the pain it’s difficult to find out which one suits you best but some therapies you can try yourself. Here are some ideas on some simple DIY therapy techniques to give a try.

  1. Start your day with positive visualisation. Use creative visualisation and guidance techniques to make dreams and goals come true. Visualization and guided imagery is a proven technique useful for both short and long-term pain relief. Pathways mission is to empower pain sufferers with safe and effective techniques that result in lasting pain relief. Pathways is built around a mind-body aka biopsychosocial approach to pain relief. Addressing all factors that contribute to the pain experience. The biopsychosocial approach to understanding and treating pain is widely recognised by world leading pain specialists as the most successful pain model to date.
  2. Have you ever tried thalassotherapy? Thalassotherapy is an alternative therapy that harnesses the soothing properties of the sea. The term comes from the Greek word “thalassa,” which means ocean. Thalassotherapy dates back to the 19th century, although people have bathed in the sea for its health benefits for much longer than this. There is not much research on the benefits of thalassotherapy, but a few studies indicate it may help with some conditions, such as fibromyalgia and musculoskeletal disorders. However, it is not a substitute for medical treatment. You can try this at home by using a body brush in the morning before your shower to stimulate your lymph system and flush out toxins. It can help boost your circulation and restore radiance. If this helps at all then you could get the treatment from a health spa or something similar.
  3. Mindfulness is being aware of internal thoughts, feelings, and emotions, as well as external surroundings and situations, without automatic responses such as judgment or stress. Mindfulness therapy is a type of talk therapy that focuses on learning how to be more aware and to reduce automatic responses. To try it yourself pay attention to the present moment, clear your mind of any thoughts and focus entirely on the act of resting. If your thoughts wander, gently bring them back to your rest and breath gently. Mindfulness therapy does this by incorporating awareness of thoughts, emotions, feelings, surroundings, and situations. It involves conversations with professionals that help a person develop greater awareness of their thoughts and the world around them. This increased awareness helps them avoid destructive or automatic responses or habits.
  4. It is said that yogic breathing is best learned under the guidance of a teacher, although some of the simpler techniques, such as lengthening the exhalation, can be practiced easily by one’s self. Yogic breathing has the potential to transform one’s state of mind. It is said to reduce anxiety and stress, cure insomnia, ease pain and increase concentration. On a spiritual level, it can help people to connect with their inner calm and peace, helping to still the mind, and allowing them to access greater wisdom and clarity. Taking deep breaths activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which reduces your heart rate and relaxes your muscles. Mission Meditation explains easily how to give Yogic Breathing a go on their website here.
  5. Find harmony with colour therapy. Colour therapy, also known as chromotherapy, is a form of therapy that uses colour and light to treat certain mental and physical health conditions. We can trace this form of therapy back to the ancient Egyptians. They made use of sun-filled rooms with coloured glasses for therapeutic purposes. The basis of colour therapy is that different colours evoke different responses from every individual. People find specific colours therapeutic or stimulating. Experts who believe in this theory believe that colour can positively impact us in several ways and help with a host of conditions. For instance green can be deeply soothing and relaxing while splashes of orange, yellow and red cushion add a buzzy feel and silver will lift your spirits. Find out what colours pick you up in what you are wearing or the colour of your room. A great site for advice on this therapy is Very Well Mind. The practice of colour therapy can also be traced to Indian origin. According to Indian philosophy, the seven main colours on the colour wheel enhance our body’s chakras. Colours can have a profound effect on your health and wellbeing on many levels so it makes sense to surround yourself with the right ones.
  6. Relax with crystal healing. Crystal healers believe that these powerful stones work on an energetic level to bring about healing deep within our cells. Encourage peace and relaxation by placing calming crystals around your home. Talking about crystals and healing might sound mystical, but in the world of alternative therapies, healing crystals probably top the list. The concept has been around for centuries, but only recently it has gained a mainstream resurgence. If you’re new to the concept, here’s everything you need to know about the art of crystal healing. Crystal healing channels our body’s energy levels interact with our body’s chakras and promote overall physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. They say you will experience increased feelings of tranquillity, positivity, and focus, as well as enhanced immunity and pain relief. A great website with lots on Cyrstal Healing is Think Right Me.

Source: Pathways Very Well Health Medical News Today Mission Meditation Think Right Me