To coincide with this year’s Bone and Joint Week, beginning 12 October, Maidstone’s European School of Osteopathy is working with the Institute of Osteopathy to raise awareness of musculoskeletal (MSK) health and wellbeing.
MSK-related problems, issues with the bones, muscles and joints, are the UK’s biggest cause of ill-health and the second largest cause of work absence, with an estimated 28.2 million working days lost per year. One in three people will experience lower back pain at least once in their lives, while one in eight adults are diagnosed, and are living with, a long-term MSK condition such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis.
That’s the bad news! The good news is, even if you have an MSK-related condition, life doesn’t have to stop.
Matthew Rogers, Head of Professional Development at the Institute of Osteopathy said:
“There is a huge amount of evidence showing the prevalence of MSK conditions and the detrimental impact it can have on an individual’s quality of life. However, we also know that early intervention, good management, ongoing advice and support from MSK experts – such as osteopaths – can help those with these conditions remain active and maintain their quality of life.
“As one of only 14 allied health professions recognised by the NHS England, osteopaths are highly trained in the early diagnoses and management of MSK-related conditions, providing vital support to their patients. Osteopathic care aims to optimise the health of the individual through tailored hands-on treatment and advice that will help manage everyday tasks that can become more challenging, particularly for those with long-term conditions.
“We and our partner organisations are committed to transforming the lives of those living with MSK. During Bone and Joint Week we will shine a light on the impact these conditions have and, more importantly, highlight the support that is available.”
The ESO osteopathic clinic has been providing affordable advice and treatment for those living with musculoskeletal conditions for over 40 years. You can find out how they can help by visiting their website www.eso.ac.uk/clinic or by calling 01622 685989 for a consultation. You can also keep up-to-date with Bone & Joint Week online #bonejointweek #osteopathyforhealth