Back Care Awareness Week (October 7 to 11) is focusing on Caring for the Carers and Wisbech osteopath Luc Woods is supporting local carers by offering a consultation at a reduced price of £30. This will include a full postural assessment, examination of the spine, and treatment and advice if needed.
There are around 6.5m unpaid carers in the UK who frequently put the needs of others before their own, sometimes sacrificing their own health and wellbeing. In a recent survey 83%2 of carers reported that their caring responsibilities had affected their physical health, which includes injuries sustained through manual handling. A report by Carers UK and the University of Leeds calculated that carers’ willingness and ability to provide care saved the NHS and social services around £119bn3 a year. But a carer’s ability can be compromised if they suffer an injury or develop pain that isn’t treated.
Through gentle manipulation of the body osteopaths can help to heal injuries and relieve pain caused by imbalances, stress or the awkward movements that are sometimes needed when caring for another person. They can also offer advice on how to manage pain and look after your back to prevent problems from developing. Speaking about Back Care Awareness Week Mr. Woods said, ‘Carers have a vital role in looking after the wellbeing of others, often to the detriment of their own health. I want to help carers look after their own backs for a change.’
To access this offer, carers can call the Wisbech clinic on 01945 429300, or Parson Drove Surgery on 01945 700223. Carers can also go to the website at www.wisbechosteopaths.com for further information about the practice.