Back Care Awareness Week 8 – 12 October

8 – 12 October 2018 is Back Care Awareness week. The focus of this year’s campaign organised by BackCare is back pain suffered by older patients.

Unfortunately it is a fact of life that as we get older our bodies will start to show wear and tear. How much so, will vary greatly from one person to the next. Symptoms can range from general stiffness and aching to a more severe acute pain.

What matters is that niggling aches and pains, or a more severe pain, should not just be lived with. Neither is the answer to just reach for the painkillers.

With the right combination of education, advice and hands-on treatment techniques, pain levels can be eased, and movement levels can be increased.

Our approach to back pain

At the Waldegrave Clinic, we see numerous patients each week who have suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves suffering with back pain.  For older patients, there can be increased anxiety that pain and lack of mobility is part of the ageing process they may have to put up with.

The first steps we will always take are education and advice.

You need to know what has really caused the problem in the first place.  It may not be the actual physical action that happened at the time your pain started, it can often be an underlying muscular skeletal issue you may yet be unaware of.

The thorough series of questions we ask, followed by a physical examination, will get to the root cause of your pain and discomfort. Once this is explained to you, you will receive effective, gentle manipulative treatment to help ease and manage your pain.

Most importantly, through advice and exercise, you will learn how to avoid future recurrences. Ageing is a natural part of life, but we all want to enjoy being as active and mobile as possible for as long as possible.  We help you to achieve this.

Our team are all highly personable; alongside our chiropractors and physiotherapists you can also access our complementary therapists.  Check out our individual Meet the Practitioner profiles

Below you will find links to a number of helpful and useful articles written by our chiropractic team, focusing on specific aspects of back pain.

How to avoid back pain

Is back pain putting you off exercise

Ouch my back has gone into spasm 

Back pain hazards in the home and how to avoid them

Lower back pain at work

Is chiropractic safe for the elderly

How to prevent lower back pain when lying down

To find many more useful back pain articles – visit Back Pain blogs


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