I briefly alluded to it in my last blog, but it is thought that as many as 507,000 workers suffer from back problems, and 8.9 million working days are lost each year due to sickness, costing the UK as much as £37 million per day! It is difficult to compute such statistics, and what’s even more astounding is the fact that many of these sick days are caused by back pain which is preventable in the first place!
The workplace is an extremely competitive environment, and many of us cannot afford to take days off for fear of losing the opportunity for promotion, while self-employed individuals, like myself, face the problem of no income without the ability to work. Self-employed people are also the faces of their businesses, so without them, many companies cannot continue. Therefore debilitating back conditions don’t just put a strain on our health – they can affect us in so many different areas of our lives.
Unfortunately, we live in a society where treating our backs is not very far up our list of priorities. We only tend to consider ourselves to have a back problem if we are experiencing pain, and only then do we seek help from a professional when the pain is debilitating. In a bid to reduce the number of days off work due to back pain, it would be savvy for companies to look towards investing in the back care of their staff. If workers attended regular maintenance appointments to address any underlying issues causing back problems, or any stiffness likely to trigger pain in the future, it would be extremely worthwhile from both a business and a staff welfare perspective.
I am a huge advocate for treating the underlying issue causing back pain, rather than simply alleviating the symptoms. I use a combination of therapies including the tried-and-tested Theraflex treatment, which effectively mobilises the vertebrae in the spine. It is this stiffening of the spine which, I believe, causes the vast majority of us to have an unhealthy back by the time we leave school, although we may not experience back pain until much later.
That said, not all back problems are due to physical causes – stress is a huge contributing factor to the tension we experience in our backs. The average Briton’s working day is filled with stresses, from the moment we get out of bed in the morning, to the time we hit the pillow each night. There are mechanisms we can put in place ourselves to try to counteract this stress. If we think about what we could do to relax, then find the time to fit these things into our busy week, we could look towards managing our stress levels. It could be as simple as going for a walk, taking a bath, reading a book, doing a spot of gardening, or joining a fitness class. If you want to enjoy the benefits of a healthier back, it is important to find the time to work on yourself.
I would love to be able to change public opinion in so far as back care should be as important as taking your car for a service or going for a check-up at the dentist. It should not only be when we are experiencing pain and have to take time off work that we feel it’s necessary to go for help. Ok, I have come to accept that, with few exceptions, the majority of my clients will only see me when they are in pain – but for the majority it is a pain that could have been prevented. Perhaps, with better education and companies putting their staff’s health first, we will be able to work towards reducing the number of days off work due to back pain.
If you would like to find out how Nic Aldous would be able to assist with the back care of the staff in your workplace, please do not hesitate to contact Nic’s details are here in the Diss listings.
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