Simplyhealth and Nuffield Health launch free back care guide

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Simplyhealth is teaming up with Nuffield Health to provide businesses and their workforce with a back care awareness guide.

The guide aims to help organisations cut down on the 7.6 million working days lost each year in the UK due to work related musculoskeletal disorders.

It has been produced in time for National Back Care Awareness Week which commences on 8 October.

An awareness section includes a manager's checklist to help spot the signs of musculoskeletal issues in employees and potential red flags to look out for.

Organisations and staff who dowload the guide are also eligible to enter a competition to win a day of massages for them and their team at their place of work from a Nuffield Health massage therapist.

Simplyhealth head of employer marketing Howard Hughes said: "We have developed a number of factsheets that will help employees tackle potential back pain trigger points and include advice on how to deal with back pain during pregnancy.

"There is a selection of desk exercises and back stretches, as well as posters and videos to remind individuals on how to care for their back during their working day."

It is estimated that 583,000 people in the UK suffer from a musculoskeletal disorder they believe was caused or made worse by work while 57% and 46% of long term absence among manual and non-manual workers and 46% respectively can be attributed to musculoskeletal disorders.

"It's therefore essential that both employees and employers are equipped with the information they need to help minimise the risk. We hope that organisations find our guide a useful tool to raise awareness of potential problems and to help reduce incidences of injury in the workplace," Hughes added.

Nuffield Health senior physiotherapist Paul Kennedy, said: "One of our recent studies into musculoskeletal disorders found that 51% of UK workers have suffered from back pain within the last 12 months and that 20% required time off work as a result of this.

"As back pain is prevalent at any age, it is important to seek advice quickly on the best treatment options available, whether specialist advice or hands on treatment is required."

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