Nowra Bowen Therapy Clinic helping to relieve your back pain!!

Low back pain is one of the most prevalent problems in the general population!

Back pain is a very nondescript and sometimes misleading term.  It is an extremely common condition.  It is often secondary to back trauma and usually resolves after a short period of time.  Back pain is slightly more common in women than men.  It is common in children, particularly during adolescence. 

Back pain may also be 'referred' from another location; it may be a symptom that can arise from many causes.  Back pain is so widespread that up to 80 per cent of us are likely to have it at some time in our lives - after headache and the common cold; it's the most common cause of time off work. 

Back pain has been reported to be one of the most debilitating conditions and can impact on every facet of ones life, it affects 80% of Australians and it is the most common cause of absenteeism at work. 

There are a lot of causes ranging from injury in a work or recreational accident; muscular spasms or a disease like scoliosis; through to the weight of a pregnancy or decreased flexibility with age. 

Low back pain is one of the most prevalent problems in the general population.  A visit to a therapist involving management and treatment of back pain are frequent.  Most back pain is due to mechanical causes, which while distressing is usually not serious and will not cause long term damage early treatment can cut the healing time significantly.  Many cases of back pain and sore backs are caused by stresses on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine. 

Remember that lower back pain is a condition where you must help yourself the condition may remain painful if untreated, but with proper management it should not restrict your lifestyle and always avoid constant or overuse of painkiller's.  Keep doing your usual activities where possible and return to work as soon as possible, be in control. 

Learn to do the things that help you relax and be aware of when you are stressed and do something about it.   

Learn to lift correctly, bend, sit and sleep (sleeping is one of the hardest things to do some people in the acute stage sleep sitting up) in ways that support your back.  Exercise is important in maintaining a strong back, walk, cycle, yoga, Pilates or swim for 20-30 minutes each day. 

KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: It's estimated that between 60 and 70 per cent of Australians will suffers serious back pain at some stage during their lives at a cost to the community of up to $9 billion annually. 

The Raine musculo-skeletal group is investigating the complex development of back and neck pain from childhood, through adolescence, into early adulthood. The group are evaluating the contributions of risk factors from physical (posture, fitness, motor competence, body composition), lifestyle (computer and TV use, physical activity, school bag use, diet, drug use) and psychosocial (depression, anxiety, stress, coping, fear of movement, back pain beliefs, carer pain, family function, neighbourhood feel, socioeconomic status) domains on the development of spinal pain. This research will contribute towards the creation of new insight and more effective prevention and awareness to ensure the pain is managed effectively by the injured or pain affected person.