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For many adults like you, coping with
back pain is a daily struggle.
Right now, specialists from an Adelaide Specialist medical practice
are conducting a research study that will observe whether a new
type of implantable electrical stimulation can influence pain in
long-term back pain patients.
If you are 18-65 years of age with back pain that has persisted for
more than 3 months and have not had lasting success from other
treatments, you may want to learn more.
Please call the Research Study Co-ordinator on 0447 307 912
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee have approved the conduct of this study.
New device designed to aid those significantly
impacted by chronic lower back pain
Approximately two thirds of people
suffer from low back pain at some
time during their life. In nine out of
ten people back pain resolves within
a few months, but for many, back
pain becomes a chronic condition.
In most cases, low back pain starts
as a simple strain or sprain of one of
the joints in the spine. In response
to joint pain the brain tries to limit
painful movements. One way it does
this is by suppressing activation
of the muscles that stabilise the
lower back. When this happens,
the spine can move easily into a
painful position. This can result in
an ongoing cycle of chronic low back
pain and muscle weakening.
Studies show that reactivation of
muscle control is an important step
to break the vicious cycle of chronic
low back pain. Specific exercise
programs offered by physiotherapists
may help to regain control of the
spine stabilising muscles and
medical guidelines recommend a
supervised exercise program.
If conservative treatment is not
enough to restore control of the
spine stabilising muscles, there is a
device called ReActiv8® which might
be considered as a new option
ReActiv8® is a small implanted
device which stimulates the nerves
responsible for contracting the key
muscles that stabilise the lower
ReActiv8® makes the muscles
in the lower back cycle between
contraction and relaxation for two
30 minute sessions a day. Over
time, the stimulated contractions
may help the brain and body learn
how to better control the muscles
in between sessions. Restoration
of muscle control and spine
stabilisation may allow the body to
recover from chronic low back pain.
A clinical trial is currently
underway to evaluate ReActiv8®.
If you are interested in learning
more about it, contact the study
research co-ordinator, Helen
Plummer on 0447 307 912.
Turbo power your walk
Going for a brisk walk for half an
hour a day is not only a great way
to keep fit and boost your overall
wellbeing -- keeping up the habit
could also halve your risk of heart
But how do you know whether
you are making the most of those
precious 30 minutes?
The Heart Foundation has some
handy tips to "turbo charge" your
1. Build in some hills or stairs. Start
off with gentler slopes before
tackling the steep ones.
2. Zig zag your way up the steep
slopes. It will add in extra steps
while easing the strain... until
you're ready to charge straight up!
3. Try to keep a steady pace. It is
tempting to slow down when
going up-hill and speed up when
going down, but keeping your
pace constant will make your
muscles work harder and get your
heart pumping. How do you know
if you're going at the right pace?
A good indication of the right
pace is that you are walking fast
enough to make you puff a little
but can still hold a conversation
at the same time.
4. Go walking with the family or a
friend. You can keep fit ... and
have a chat. It's a great way to
spend valuable time together as
well as stay motivated.
5. Head off the beaten track. Try
going bushwalking, or walking
along the beach or coast. Walking
on uneven ground burns more
kilojoules. It's also an affordable
family day out, and a great excuse
to enjoy the beautiful scenery we
have in Australia.
Want a free, fun and social
way to get active? Join a Heart
Foundation walking group.
Call 1300 36 27 87 for more
Stay fit -- keep working
Stay active if you want a long and fulfilling career -- that's
the message to older workers from the Celebrate Age
"Baby boomers represent a third of the South Australian
workforce and keeping physically active and healthy impacts
on their ability to keep working," said Active Ageing Australia
Executive Officer, Gayle Rogers.
"One of the main reasons we lose people in the workforce is
due to declining physical activity. Young or older, we must
invest in our physical health by being active in our everyday
life if we wish to have a long and fulfilling career."
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, of the South
Australian workforce, 47% are aged 45 or older, 32% are 55
or older and 10% are 65 or older.
In 1997, 9.2% of the workforce was aged 55 to 69 years old
and by 2006 this had grown to 15.4% and by 2011, it was
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