Media release: Chronic Back Pain? Help is at Hand

Media release time: Mon 22 May 2017, 9:00a.m.

As part of Spinal Health Week 2017 (22-28 May) the Chiropractors Association of Australia (TAS) are running several initiative around the state.

Chronic back pain is a big issue for Tasmanians. 1 in 6 Australians currently suffer from the physical and psychological effects of chronic back problems – that’s an estimated 3.7 million people suffering.

“The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare defines chronic back pain as a health condition that lasts for three months or longer” says the representative for the CAA(TAS) Dr Ashley Dent.

Sedentary behaviours and poor posture are risk factors for chronic back pain. The good news is it’s never too late to improve spinal health.

CAA(TAS) is holding several events around the state including postural and preventative screening at RACT House as well as manning a recovery tent at the Kingborough Fun Run on Sunday the 28th at Kingston Beach.

Representatives from the association will also be holding an information session at parliament house involving spinal screenings for members of parliament and staff on Thursday the 25th of May from 12:30.

The Hon Elise Archer MP will be launching Spinal Health Week 2017 on the Lawns of parliament house Wednesday the 24th of May at 2:15PM.

Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the spine and nervous system without the use of surgery or drugs. Australian chiropractors are five-year university trained healthcare professionals, regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and must complete mandatory continuing professional development.

For chronic back problems, chiropractors use a variety of treatments such as spinal manipulation or manual therapies. Working with other healthcare providers where needed, chiropractors also offer advice on self-management through exercise and lifestyle changes.