Autumn is one of the worst times for back pain problems warns leading medical charity, Action Research.
To coincide with National Back Care Week - October 4th to 10th Action Research has a free leaflet to give away entitled 'Useful Tips For Better Backs' which gives some handy hints on how to look after your back.
"As the evenings draw in and the weather gets colder thousands of gardeners make their last trip to the garden for a final clear up before the big freeze,’’ says Anne Luther, Director General of Action Research.
"Unfortunately Autumn often brings many patients to doctors’ surgeries complaining of back pain from gardening injuries.’’
Over 80 per cent of the population suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. Gardeners seem to be a little more prone than others. But serious damage can be prevented.
The key points to remember are: *Always vary the work *Don’t spend longer than 30 minutes on each job *Attack weeds from a knee pad *Use long handed tools to reduce bending *Don’t twist your body when digging
"With a little care and planning this Autumn, not only will the garden look tidy,’’ says Anne Luther "but less people will be visiting their doctor with stiff or painful backs.’’
At present Action Research is funding two research projects in this area - a financial commitment of over £100,000.
In a study at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital, Oswestry, and Keele University, Stoke on Trent, doctors are investigating factors which allow nerves to grow into discs, some of which may be directly responsible for pain.
In a second project, taking place at Aberdeen University in conjunction with Woodend Hospital, Dr Marianne Magnusson hopes to recruit people with chronic low back pain so that she can evaluate posture control and co-ordination treatment for such patients.
If you would like a free leaflet on avoiding back pain please send a stamped addressed envelope to Action Research, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2DP.
Further information about Action Research is available from a newly-launched web site located at www.action.org.uk
For further information, photographs and interview opportunities, please contact Victoria Heaton in the Action Research press office on 01403 327403 Fax: 01403 210541.
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