Mildura Weekly : Friday May 20 Vol 10 No 28
FEATURE 25 FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU Back pain won’t happen to me Eight out of 10 people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. It’s one of the leading causes of disability in men over 45 and one of the most common causes of visits to doctors. Rest is the key to recovery from back pain The two main reasons bed rest may be recommended for back pain are to reduce pressure on the discs in the spine and to stop the mechanical stresses that are irritating pain receptors. A short period of bed-rest may help reduce acute back pain, but in most instances, more than one or two days rest can be detrimental to recovery from back pain, potentially leading to increased pain and problems. Physically active people shouldn’t get back pain While more active people are less likely to suffer back pain, sports such as AFL football, golf, and gymnastics can lead to increased instances of back pain. Back pain is hereditary In most cases, conditions resulting in back and neck pain are not passed onto their children. Back pain is a normal part of ageing While people do become more susceptible to certain types of back conditions as they get older, pain doesn’t have to be a part of the ageing process. Experts say that with the variety of non-surgical and surgical treatment options now available, pain doesn’t have to be an everyday part of life. RECENT studies have shown that about 70 percent of Australian school children may suffer back pain due to school bags, prompting a warning from the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) to ensure parents choose the right school bag for their children. APA physiotherapist Kirsty Buhlert-Smith said that by making sure children have the correct bag for their height and weight, many instances of back pain can be avoided. Ms Buhlert-Smith provided these tips to ensure the students are matched with the right backpack before heading off to school: • Ensure the backpack weighs less than 10 percent of the child’s body weight. • The backpack must fit the child – don’t buy a big pack for the child to ‘grow into’. Backpacks should be no wider than the child’s chest. • Loads should be carried as close to the spine as possible. Pack the heaviest items nearest to the child’s back and have separate backpack compartments for load distribution. • Students should use both straps at all times. Wider shoulder straps that are comfortable and sit well on the shoulder are also preferable. • Waist and chest straps help transfer some of the loads to a child’s hips and pelvis. • A padded back support allows the backpack to fit snuggly to the child’s back. • Ensure students only carry what they need to for that day. Parents with concerns about their child’s posture, back health or obesity and weight management-related conditions should contact their local physiotherapist. SCHOOL BAG BACK RISK BACK PAIN MYTHS (03) 5022 7700 Deakin Chiropractic Centre 266 Deakin Avenue, Mildura. Open Mon - Fri 8am - 6pm | Sun 9am - 12noon by appointment Helping you with back pain, spinal function, posture, core strength, balance and dizziness. - Reduce Pain. - Improve Posture. - Activate Performance. - Back Your Inner Athlete. OUR PROFESSIONAL CHIROPRACTORS: Dr Dom Marziano Dr Frank Iamarino Dr Matt Gray FRIENDLY QUALIFIED STAFF SPECIALIZE IN: Relieving Headaches & Back Pain Exercise Rehabilitation & Sporting Injuries We’re the preferred Medibank Private provider Hicaps & EPC management plans Phone for an appointment 5021 3777 251 Deakin Avenue, Mildura 50% OFF SEALY MATTRESSES* THIS WEEKEND ONLY SUPPORTING AUSTRALIANS 8/636-668 Fifteenth St, Homemakers Centre, Mildura P: 5023 6911 www.bevmarks.com.au *No layby or interest free. Conditions apply. Must present this coupon. Finding a mattress to suit your needs and making sure you have the correct skeletal alignment is hard but at Bev Marks the Sleep Professionals we can help you get the right spinal support and pressure relief. Come in and try our range of Sealy Posturepedic Mattresses. Sealy Posturepedic is endorsed by the Orthopedic Assosiation.
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