Back Care Awareness Week 2018

Back Care Awareness Week, Monday 8 to Friday 12 October, aims to put the spotlight on back pain in older adults.

Back pain is a major disabling health condition among adults aged 60 years and older, with many causes of lower back pain which are age-related, with physical and psychosocial changes. But more people in the UK are experiencing back or neck pain each week than they were five years ago, according to new research released from the British Chiropractic Association.

The consumer research, which looked at trends from the past five years, revealed that the number of people experiencing back or neck pain on a weekly basis has risen from 40 per cent to 49 per cent. Moreover, two thirds (65 per cent) of us now experience back or neck pain each month, up 16 per cent over the same period.

With an ageing population, what are we doing to prevent back pain in older adults? Here at AECC University College we provide a few options to help those suffering with back pain who perhaps need more time and support with physical activity.

Everyday Fitness Exercise Classes

Everyday Fitness is designed for people who are not necessarily used to exercising but know they should do more of it. If you need support with getting back into exercise, or you are completely new to exercising, our friendly experts will guide you through gentle warm ups, stretching and help you achieve your exercise goals. Before you begin your first session we will provide a brief health check in which you can discuss your expectations and any concerns. Our staff will then ensure that Everyday Fitness classes work for you, improving your general fitness, strength and flexibility, as well as work on your balance and co-ordination.

Hour long sessions are priced at £4.50 and booking in advance is essential.
Mon – Tue: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thurs: 12.00pm – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Fri: 11.00am – 12.00pm

Chiropractic Clinic

Chiropractic treatment can help to diagnose and treat problems with joints and muscles. While chiropractors are best known for treating back pain, they are also able to provide support for many other types of pain management and injuries. They can also provide advice on exercise, diet, and lifestyle and injury prevention.

People of all ages can benefit from what chiropractic has to offer, and our on-site clinic welcomes patients from young toddlers and children to those who are in their nineties.

If you need more assurance as to whether chiropractic treatment could help you or a family member, feel free to call our chiropractic clinic direct line on 01202 436222, or book a two hour assessment. We will not treat during this time, but will focus on gaining an understanding of your problem.  

This assessment includes a full health check including physical examination which consist of reviewing your lifestyle and a general health check. For example, we may take your blood pressure. Any problematic areas you have will be assessed thoroughly and treatment options discussed with you.

Monday: 11.00am – 6.30pm 
Tuesday: 11.00am – 6.30pm
Wednesday: 11.00am – 6.30pm
Thursday: 11.00am – 6.30pm
Friday: 11.00am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Simple Posture Exercises

Considering your posture and maintaining good habits can truly make a difference to preventing back pain. These simple exercises, developed by the British Chiropractic Association, are designed to improve posture and help prevent back pain by promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine. These easy to learn sequence of exercises consist of precise, slow stretches, each with a specific purpose.

Straighten Up UK programme can form part of your daily routine, and be adapted to suit individual capabilities which should be discussed with your GP, chiropractic or other healthcare practitioner.