Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Chronic Pain a National Issue

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Chronic Pain a National Issue

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CHIROPRACTORS across the state are raising awareness of chronic back pain as part of Spinal Health Week, May 22 to 28.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, chronic back pain is a national issue, with an estimated 3.7 million people, or one in six Australians dealing with the physical and psychological effects.

This Spinal Health Week, The Chiropractors' Association of Australia (CAA) are taking the opportunity to raise awareness and help the nation discover new pathways to recovery.

"More and more Australians are experiencing debilitating back pain, limiting their ability to engage in an active,

healthy life," CAA national president Dr Andrew Lawrence said.

"Unlike general back pain, which is usually resolved within a few weeks, chronic back pain is a long-term health condition that lasts for three months or longer. Making lifestyle adjustments and seeking professional advice from a chiropractor or other health professional can help alleviate chronic back pain symptoms," he said.

Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the spine and nervous system without the use of surgery or drugs. …

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