Be back aware this October

Back pain affects around 52 per cent of people in the UK. It is the leading cause of work related absence and costs the NHS in the region of £480 million a year to treat.

There is no arguing that back pain can be painful, debilitating and affect every aspect of a person’s life, even mental health.

Back pain can develop during pregnancy with a steadily growing baby bump. It can also happen post-natally when hormones that keep the joints nice and loose disappear and the physical exertion of struggling around with a baby, equipment and a great big pram takes its toll.

This October from the 10-16 is Back Care Awareness Week.

Expert advice generally recommends a self-management approach to the problem. Keeping mobile despite the pain is incredibly important. A good nights sleep also helps, easily said when 41 per cent of sufferers can’t sleep through the night due to the discomfort.

According to Anadin, around 125,175,200 pain killers are taken every year to get through back problems. It’s the women who suffer the most downing 77,507,700 compared to men who take 47,667,500.

Back pain experts point some of the problem at stress. There are strong connections between stress and back pain. This is because stress causes a release of hormones which increase the perception of pain.

This can all lead a sufferer to feel depressed, creating a circle that is difficult to get out of.

If you are pregnant or have recently given birth and find that back pain is becoming a problem, get advice from your midwife, GP or health visitor.

Over the counter painkillers and relaxation techniques are good ways to combat problem pain. Chopsy Baby also reviewed Deep Heat and LowerbackBeads, two useful products in the fight against pain: http://chopsybaby.com/mag/?p=2964