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Back Care Awareness Week – 2nd – 6th October

Back Pain in Education

The annual Back Care Awareness Week, run by BackCare, the UK’s leading charity
for those impacted by back or neck pain, is to take place between 2 and 6 October.

The theme this year is Back Pain in Education.

Back pain is one of the top common causes of absence from work throughout the
country. It costs the UK economy around £15 billion every year as over four million
working days are lost as a result of the condition. Furthermore, about 80% of the UK
population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.

BackCare decided it was important to run a campaign targeted at children and young
people as many of the back and neck pain problems experienced by adults are due
to them not looking after their backs during childhood and teenage years.

Dr Brian Hammond, the Chair of BackCare said:

“Early teaching of children and young people of the importance of taking care
of their backs is bound to have a positive effect on the health of their backs as

He added:

“There are simple things children and young people can do, such as sitting
properly and not for too long, exercising regularly, stretching and lifting correctly.
They also need to know how to carry their school books and equipment in a way that
does not harm their back or neck.”

BackCare has packs for distribution to schools, colleges and other educational
institutions. They contain posters, leaflets, booklets, bookmarks, and pamphlets. All
of these items give sound advice and guidance on various aspects of the back and
how to look after it. They are available from BackCare at a cost of £9.95 per pack
plus postage and packaging.

This year’s campaign is being run in partnership with a community interest company,
known as kidsbacks4thefuture. This Essex based company, run by Lyndee Oscar, a
registered osteopath with 25 years experience, has done some effective and
innovative work with schools. #osteopathyworks