Walcha chiropractor Samantha Goor is raising awareness of chronic back pain and encouraging local sufferers to seek help as part of Spinal Health Week.
“Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the spine and nervous system without the use of surgery or drugs,” Ms Goor said.
“For chronic back problems, chiropractors use a variety of treatments such as spinal manipulation or manual therapies. Working with other healthcare providers where needed, we also offer advice on self-management through exercise and lifestyle changes.”
Ms Goor says many conditions can be linked back to spinal problems which are impacting on the health of the nervous system, and it is not just adults who are affected.
“There is research which suggests children suffering chronic ear infections can be helped with chiropractic treatment,” she said.
“The nervous system runs through the entire body, and everything is connected.”
The chiropractic industry is well established and has been around since 1895. One of Ms Goors long-term patients, Merl Wall, has been seeing a chiropractor for more than forty years.
“I come every fortnight or so to get adjusted, and it helps manage the pain associated with my rheumatoid arthritis,” she said.
Australian chiropractors are five-year university trained healthcare professionals, regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and must complete mandatory continuing professional development.
The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia claims chronic back pain is a national issue.
“One in six Australians suffer from the physical and psychological effects of chronic back problems – that’s an estimated 3.7 million people suffering, said Ms Goor.
“The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare defines chronic back pain as a health condition that lasts for three months or longer.”
A sedentary lifestyle and poor posture are risk factors for chronic back pain but Ms Goor says it is never too late to improve spinal health.
“Simple measures such as incorporating walking into your daily routine can improve chronic back pain symptoms, she said.
“Walking keeps the spine active and mobile. Improving posture can also help to relieve strain on the spine and improve circulation.”