Things have changed over the last 50 years when it comes to aging. Here are some statistics:
Average life expectancy of Australians1:
Within that same period, the proportion of the population over 50 years of age has increased by over 270%1.
What can be deduced from these statistics is that we are now spending more time living in our senior years. This presents the issue of quality of life, and the question: “in what condition do I want to spend my retirement years?” After working a lifetime, it seems obvious that we should live life the way we always wanted: travelling, relaxing, and enjoying good food and company. A common barrier to this well-earned reward is an ailment that affects many people: persistent back pain.
Back pain can be categorised into:
Both types of back pain can result in weakening of the supporting muscles around the spine, which can subsequently be the source of persistent pain.
The key to reducing pain in the lower back can be achieved through:
Participation in an exercise program with specific medical exercise equipment supervised by Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists, allows re-education and reconditioning of the postural muscles that support the spine. This will gradually improve the condition of the lower back and reduce the risk of re-injury2.
Accredited Exercise Physiologist
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