Learn how to care
for your back during
Backcare Awareness Week
3-8 October 2016

It's Backcare Awareness Week from 3-8 October 2016.   

The aim of the week long event, which is organised by BackCare, the charity for healthier backs, is to raise awareness of the problems back pain can cause, as well as prevention and treatments.

One of the messages the organisers of the week will be putting across is to stand and not sit while you work!  There was a recent news item about a school in Bradford, West Yorkshire taking part in a seven week pilot whereby Year 5 pupils were being taught while standing up, rather than sitting at a desk.  I have to say that my posture when sitting at a desk is really quite shocking - so perhaps I would find it beneficial to stand rather than sit, and maybe my posture would improve dramatically!

Whatever you do it is very important to make sure that your work station area is set up correctly for you and simple changes can make such a big difference.  In the past I have seen colleagues with their computer keyboard too far away from them, so their arms are really outstretched, or the keyboard has been balanced precariously on a pile of magazines with the worker attempting to type!

You can visit the Backcare Shop and order one (or all!) of their information packs, based on back problems found at home, at work and at play.  They also have a great selection of back friendly bags to help ensure that you reduce the chance of any potential problems.

While we might all know the best way to pick up boxes safely, we tend not to think about the effect every day tasks like picking up shopping or children's toys have on our backs.

It's thought that 4 out of every 5 adults will experience back pain at some point in their life, so why not get an information pack and find out what you can do to prevent it?

For more information visit the website and work out how best to deal with your aches and pains before they turn into something more serious this Backcare Awareness Week!

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