NHS Staff Get Drum Lessons to Beat Stress

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NHS Staff Get Drum Lessons to Beat Stress


Byline: Frank Ryan

THEY are not the kind of surgical instruments you would normallyassociate with a hospital.

But African drums are supposedly the latest weapon in the fight against backpain.

Staff at Nithbank Hospital in Dumfries tried out the unusual therapy as part ofa Europe-wide drive to raise awareness of the condition.

Playing the drums is said to aid relaxation and help combat the stress whichcan worsen back pain.

Clinical staff and workers from the hospitals psychology, administration andtraining departments were also taught relaxation techniques such as headmassage.

The voluntary session, which took place during normal working hours, saw anumber of staff take a break from their usual jobs to give banging the drums atry.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway spokesman John Glover said: The African drumming wasincluded as a taster. Those who took part seemed to enjoy it. The session waspart of Lighten the Load, this years European Week campaign run by the Healthand Safety Executive to focus on musculo-skeletal conditions.

Ranging from lower back pain and repetitive strain injuries to neck and upperlimb disorders, they are the most common occupational illnesses in Britainaffecting around one million workers a year. …

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