Spinal health week (22-28 May) encourages Australians to seek help for their back pain.  The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare statistics show 1 in 6 people reported back pain in 2014/15 survey.  4 in 5 people with back pain reported difficulty in tasks in 2012. And it was the 3rd leading cause of disease burden in Australia in 2011.  It is estimated that 70-90% of Australians will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.  It can start as young as 8-10 and increases with age to be more common in those between 65-79, 28% of men and 26% of women in this age group. 

So what can you do about it?  

Back problems can often be associated with several factors such as smoking, being overweight, physical fitness, and your job occupation which may involve bending, lifting and/or twisting.  So staying active is important for spinal mobility and health.  Living a healthy lifestyle and making the right food choices. Maintaining a good posture will also create less stress and strain on your back with proper lifting techniques and good ergonomics.

Seek advice from a qualified doctor/healthcare professional on what steps you can take for your individual case.  Chiropractors are well trained in diagnosing, managing and treating back disorders. They will evaluate and use the best method that is appropriate for your symptoms.  They can also give advice on self management with stretches and exercises at home.

For more information or to book a Chiropractic appointment please call 9 298 8332.