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BackCare advises people to be self-care aware

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BackCare is supporting Self-Care Week 2015, which is being run by the Self-Care Forum. This year’s theme is Self-Care for Life and its key aims is to help people take control of their health throughout their whole life by helping them to better understand how to look after any minor ailments or long-term conditions they may have, and how to… Read more »

Prevention begins at school

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Prevention begins at school: The 8000 Schools Campaign One quarter of UK secondary school pupils suffer from regular or daily back pain/ We want to reach all 8,000 UK secondary schools with practical evidence-based preventative guidance that makes a different – but we need your help. Donate now! Help us reach our fundraising target BackCare Awareness… Read more »

Being a young carer – your rights

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A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister. They do extra jobs in and… Read more »

New BackCare Carers Guide

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Today in the UK, more than 1 in 10 of us are an unpaid carer, looking after a friend or family member with illness or disability. Unpaid carers are a particularly at-risk group due to the physical and psychological factors involved and often present to healthcare services as secondary patients. 70% of unpaid carers already suffer… Read more »

Use the Stairs, not the Lift!!

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Hospitals as far afield as Somerset and Aberdeen are embarking on a Department of Health backed stair climbing initiative to combat sedentary behaviour among staff and patients.The London based startup StepJockey uses evidence based stair prompts and digital gamification to encourage staff to ditch the lift and take to the stairs in order to build greater physical activity into their working… Read more »

Get more active in the Office and prevent Backpain

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The office environment presents all sorts of physical and mental challenges, the main one being having to sit at your computer all day with the associated problems that brings. Thankfully it is possible to reduce the amount of time you sit at your desk and be more mobile with a few changes to how you… Read more »

Managing your back pain recovery

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Has your back pain been properly assessed? In this case study from Chartered Physiotherapist and BackCare Professional, Nick Sinfield, we take a look at how best practice in patient-centred care can make all the difference when it comes to your back pain recovery. Mrs E was a 36 year old graphic designer. She experienced a sudden stab… Read more »

Myth: Exercise is dangerous for back pain

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In this article we tackle one of the most commonly held back pain myths that can delay or even prevent rehabilitation and recovery: “Exercise is dangerous for me – I need to protect my back from moving” – MYTH! A common effect of back pain is that you can become fearful of movement or believe… Read more »

Pain means damage

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In this article we tackle one of the most commonly held back pain myths that can delay or even prevent rehabilitation and recovery: “Pain means the damage is still there or getting worse” – MYTH! When the body is injured, pain signals allow an amazing repair process to take place to heal the structure. This… Read more »

Paracetamol is “No Good for Back Pain”

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What is the truth behind the story. As a sometimes user of Paracetamol, whenever I do my back in, I had a fascinating chat with our Head of Research Dr Adam Al-Kashi on this one. Adam said “It’s important to understand that paracetamol is not good for you – it does not improve health or… Read more »