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Average Brit suffers 134 illnesses and injuries a year

Therapies to heal injuriesSore throats, stubbed toes, grazed knees, nosebleeds and broken bones…injury isn’t exactly a rarity among mankind, especially considering we’re soft and squidgy in a world full of hard surfaces.

In fact according to a recent study of 2,000 people, the average person clocks up well over 10,000 injuries in their average 80.5 year lifespan.

UK lawyer firm Slater & Gordon found that people suffer four sore throats, two nosebleeds and six cuts every year, and have at least two surgical operations, two car accidents and one broken bone in their lifetimes.

Lawyer Simon Allen said: “Although the idea of suffering more than 10,000 injuries over 80 years is a little worrying, for most people bumps and bruises are injuries they will quickly recover from and won’t cause lasting pain or damage.”

He said the most worrying aspect of the study is that more than a third suffered their injuries at work. Nearly a quarter of all Britons think their workplaces cut corners when it comes to health and safety.

While illness and injury is sadly an inevitable part of life, there are many non-invasive ways to reduce the pain and other side-effects.

There are a number of complementary and alternative therapies for work-related injuries such as low back pain, including:

  • Osteopathy – Osteopaths use massage, stretching and muscle manipulation to address musculoskeletal problems and boost blood-flow to tissues in order to encourage the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
  • Massage therapy – Masseurs use touch and movement to ease stress and tension in muscles.
  • Physiotherapy – Physio is a science-based therapy which focuses on rehabilitation after injury or illness. Patients are taught exercises designed to relieve pain and boost healing processes.
  • Bowen therapy – Bowen therapy is a relaxing process of massage interspersed with periods of rest designed to reset systems and trigger the body’s self-healing process.

Find out more about each of these therapies by following the links.

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