Hope for suf­fer­ers

Whitsunday Times - - KIDS’ ZONE -

WITH one in six Aus­tralians suf­fer­ing from chronic back pain, it’s no won­der the prob­lem is con­sid­ered a na­tional is­sue.

An es­ti­mated 3.7 mil­lion peo­ple deal with the phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fects of chronic back pain.

The Chi­ro­prac­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia is us­ing Spinal Health Week 2017 from May 22–28 as an op­por­tu­nity to bring at­ten­tion to chronic back pain and en­cour­age peo­ple to seek help.

“More and more Aus­tralians are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­bil­i­tat­ing back pain, lim­it­ing their abil­ity to en­gage in an ac­tive, healthy life,” CAA na­tional pres­i­dent Dr An­drew Lawrence said.

Chronic back pain is a long-term health con­di­tion that lasts for three months or longer, whereas gen­eral back pain can usu­ally be re­solved within a few weeks.

A per­son who suf­fers from chronic back pain can seek pro­fes­sional ad­vice from a chi­ro­prac­tor or other health­care pro­fes­sion­als to alle­vi­ate symp­toms.

Mak­ing life­style ad­just­ments can also as­sist with man­age­ment.

Chi­ro­prac­tic care fo­cuses on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the spine and ner­vous sys­tem with­out the use of surgery or drugs.

Chi­ro­prac­tors work to­wards restor­ing and main­tain­ing nor­mal spinal func­tion, col­lab­o­rat­ing with other health pro­fes­sion­als where needed.

For chronic back prob­lems, chi­ro­prac­tors use a va­ri­ety of treat­ments.

These in­clude spinal ma­nip­u­la­tion or man­ual ther­a­pies.

“While it is not al­ways pos­si­ble to iden­tify the cause of chronic back pain, a seden­tary life­style and poor pos­ture are risk fac­tors,” Dr Lawrence said.

Sim­ple mea­sures such as in­cor­po­rat­ing walk­ing into your daily rou­tine can re­duce the sever­ity of chronic back pain symp­toms and im­prove over­all well-be­ing.

Im­prov­ing pos­ture can also help re­lieve strain on the spine and over­all health.

While it is not al­ways pos­si­ble to iden­tify the cause of chronic back pain, a seden­tary life­style and poor pos­ture are risk fac­tors. — Dr An­drew Lawrence

The best way to make life­style changes is to seek ad­vice, start grad­u­ally, be con­sis­tent and build ca­pa­bil­ity over time.

Check with your local CAA chi­ro­prac­tor or other health­care pro­fes­sional be­fore un­der­tak­ing ex­er­cise to make sure it is ap­pro­pri­ate for your spe­cific needs.

For more in­for­ma­tion on chronic back pain, visit www.spinal­health week.com.au.

PHOTO: TWINSTERPHOTO

ALLE­VI­ATE PAIN: Spinal Health Week will shed light on chronic back pain and other spinal is­sues.

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