Back pain is very common. Most people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. No one is immune and it can creep up on us when we least expect it. Catherine Quinn, President of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) shares simple tricks, used by leading athletes, that you can implement at home to take control of your own care with the help of technology.
Catherine also highlights the importance of healthcare professionals enabling their patients, stating: “It’s important that people are empowering themselves to self-manage their back pain from home using developed technology. But let’s not forget the importance of face-to-face contact, which is always available particularly for the most vulnerable patients who require that level of care.”
Three simple tips to improve your back health with technology this Back Care Awareness Week:
- Why not try out wearable technology:
Wearable tech and apps are ideal to help you better understand your conditions, enabling you to manage your mental and physical health – all of which have an impact on your back pain. Chiropractors treating professional footballers and athletes have noticed a sharp increase in sportspeople using Whoop, which has recently added ‘Have you seen a chiropractor’ to its list of personalised questions to determine a user’s state of health. The app works by monitoring users’ lifestyle and behaviour patterns to understand how it impacts their recovery and sleep performance. Chiropractic is increasingly being recognised as a significant part of an athlete’s and the general population’s healthcare to aid health and well-being.
- Explore the benefits of exercise apps:
Exercise apps are becoming fully integrated within chiropractic healthcare plans. The government is investing £2 billion into the digitisation of the NHS in a bid to ensure the long-term sustainability of the UK’s healthcare system. Apple Watches are a popular way to take control of people’s overall health, particularly amongst sportspeople.
- Use digihealth services:
Access chiropractic treatment from home using the ever-evolving range of digihealth services that are available and easily accessible. Sometimes you might not feel your pain is urgent enough to need immediate care, but now you can take matters into your own hands. Educate yourself on your pain and self-manage your symptoms with the support of digital chiropractic specialists.