Backcare Awareness Week runs from the 5 – 9 October and this year is focused on the prevention of back injuries in nurses.
With 65% of FHT members supporting clients with low back pain (FHT Member Survey, 2020), we wanted to communicate the benefits of therapies on backcare.
In our Medical A-Z regular in International Therapist (IT) magazine (issue 98), we explored how complementary therapies can support back pain. In a more recent issue of IT magazine, we also shared a study on how reflexology can reduce back pain following coronary angiography.
The NICE guidance for chronic low back pain recognises soft tissue techniques and mind-body approaches as non-invasive treatment options. Section 1.2.7 states, ‘Consider manual therapy (spinal manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques such as massage) for managing low back pain with or without sciatica, but only as part of a treatment package including exercise, with or without psychological therapy.’ Disappointingly, the NICE guidance still recommends against acupuncture.
Find out how you can get involved with promoting Backcare Awareness Week.