The annual Back Care Awareness Week, run by BackCare, is taking place between 2-8th October 2017.
The theme is Back Pain in Education. 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. About 80% of the UK population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
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 childhood and teenage years. 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.” He added: “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.”
Many schools now incorporate educating children in these aspects of healthcare. The charity BackCare has been distributing educational packs to help schools to do this.
As an osteopath, more children present to me with back and neck problems. Prevention is the best cure. If you know how to look after your spine then make sure your children do too! See if a visit to an osteopath can help you or your child; I’m happy to have a chat.
Back pain is a serious issue: it costs the country millions and affects peoples feeling of well being on a daily basis. Look after our children today to keep them feeling good tomorrow!