“Non Specific Low Back Pain”

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An official diagnosis

Non Specific Low Back Pain is the diagnosis given to 80% of adults who suffer from low back pain. It is defined as low back pain that is not attributable to a recognisable pathology e.g. infection, tumour, osteoporosis, fracture, structural deformity etc.

In the UK, back pain affects up to 80% of the population at some time in their lives, costing the NHS £500 million each year; one third of all long-term sickness absence from work, and nearly a fifth of any sick leave, is caused by musculoskeletal disorders, mostly lower back and neck pain according to the Work Foundation.

The latest Global Burden of Disease study produced by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and published by the Lancet showed that together they represent the “leading global cause of disability in 2015 in most countries.”

Self-limiting disease

The good news is that approximately 90% of people will recover in 3-4 months regardless of treatment or advice. The bad news is that although the pain may go away, the re-occurrence rate of low back pain is very high. Approximately 60% are likely to experience another episode within 3-6 months.

Many sufferers seek the care of fitness professionals and complementary therapists and endeavour to self-manage back pain by taking up yoga and Pilates.

The Buttafly is a valuable tool that supports these practices. It makes them more accessible and safer for the majority of people. In addition, if, as we hope, customers take the time to learn how to get the most out of their Buttafly, they will benefit from gaining a greater understanding about their body, ergonomics and the simple things they can do to manage their back pain and avoid recurrent episodes.


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