Backcare Awareness Week Programme at Age Concern Colchester

We are pleased to present the following programme of events during Backcare Awareness Week 2018 8-12th October at Age Concern Colchester: The theme is Back Pain in Older Adults. 

Will Quince our local MP will be onsite to open proceedings for us speaking at 10.30am before the Monday session.



Monday 10.30-11.30am

Physiotherapy with Katrina

Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.

Back pain in older adults 

Individuals over the age of 60 are more likely to suffer from back pain related to degeneration of the joints of the spine.  A talk outlining the most common lower back issues in the older adult, arthritis in the joints and narrowing of the spinal canal. The presentation will also touch on other factors that may cause pain, and signs and symptoms to look out for.  There will also be a demonstration of different exercises that can be done for different conditions relating to the lower back.

Katrina Wade MCSP BSc (Hons) Health and Care Professions council (HCPC) registered

Katrina qualified in 1984 and worked initially in the NHS in London, Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury. She then moved to the Oaks hospital in Colchester in 1997.

Katrina has worked in the Out-patient setting since 1987 and became a Clinical Specialist in Men’s and Women’s Health over 20 years ago. Katrina’s work has included the role of Extended Scope Practitioner for the assessment of patients going through Spinal Triage. She also has expertise in the treatment of spinal and pelvic problems, including Male and Female Pelvic Pain.

Katrina, although Specialising in Men’s and Women’s Health, has continued to treat all conditions in the general out-patient setting. Katrina has been trained in various areas of musculo-skeletal medicine including Cyriax, Mulligans and McKenzie.  Katrina treats a lot of spinal issues and is passionate about spreading the word about good back health but also not being fearful of back problems

Tuesday 10.30-11.30am -Osteopathy with Lyndee and Ned

Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving and stretching a person’s muscles and joints. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together

Improve your posture, improve your breathing.

Understanding how your posture affects your breathing and learn how to breath to optimise your health and wellbeing.

Lyndee Oscar MSc, BSc (Hons) D.O General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered

Lyndee Oscar is a  local registered Osteopath with over 25 years’ experience within the private sector she has also worked as an orthopaedic and surgical Occupational Therapist within the NHS. After witnessing a dramatic shift in treating younger patients over the last two decade she became dedicated to help reverse this negative trend occurring in our younger generation’s health and wellbeing and founded Kids Backs 4 the Future CIC, a unique service aimed at actively educating young people and their families to help reduce back pain in childhood and prevent long-term back problems. Health is our first wealth at any age and prevention at all ages is always better than cure. Lyndee actively enjoys being involved in her community and event planning, she is a proud Rotarian and a Trustee for BackCare UK

Edmund Wombwell (Ned) BSc General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) Registered

Ned is an Osteopath with 14 years’ experience in manual therapy. He currently practices Classical, Cranial, Visceral Osteopathy and Dry Needling (modern Acupuncture).

Upon graduating as an Osteopath in 2006, Ned taught at the European School of Osteopathy and lectures for the school in the UK and abroad. He is a member of the Institute of Classical Osteopathy. He studied Naturopathy for Classical Osteopaths at the London College of Naturopathic Medicine and offers nutritional and lifestyle advice. He is a CIAAqualified Qigong instructor, and uses these exercises to rehabilitate and prevent injury values the self-healing capacity of the body and is passionate about raising awareness in ways in which we can be healthier and happier.

Wednesday 10.30-11.30am- Rehabilitation with Jamie

Learn about the benefits of exercise to back health and function with Jamie

Jamie Abbott BSc Rehabilitation Exercise Instructor British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Member

Jamie graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. He went on to work in rehabilitation following his own experience of back injury as a university rower. Jamie currently practices rehabilitation exercise instruction at Albany Villa Clinic in Melton, Suffolk.

Thursday 10.30-11.30am Podiatry with Paul

The importance of foot function is working out the cause of managing your back pain!

Podiatrists are health care professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs.. They can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems, including: toenail problems, such as thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails. corns and calluses.
Paul Donnelly specialises in Gait analysis-Glasgow Caledonian Graduate, Paul, is now the podiatry manager for the Foot Function Centre in Great Blakenham
Paul works regularly within professional sport (disabled and non-disabled athletes) and the military. More recently, Paul provides Sports Podiatry and Orthotic training as part of the Speciality Training Curriculum for Sports and Exercise Medicine in the Suffolk.A regular sportsman himself, Paul has suffered a range of injuries that have unfortunately required specialist physical therapy and surgical care. This has given Paul the scope to appreciate every professions role in solving pain.  Paul’s area of interest includes Gait Analysis Walking; Gait Analysis Running; Injury Prevention; Foot pain; Knee pain; Hip pain; Lower back pain; KT taping; Therapeutic Ultrasound; Foot and Ankle mobilisation; Pelvic Analysis; Orthotic design and manufacture; Footwear alteration and adaptation; Chiropody; Nail surgery; Cryotherapy

Friday 10.30-11.30am Seated Pilates with Claire

Pilates is a system of exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.

Claire Downes MCSP BSc (Hons) HCPC registered

Claire graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1997 and completed her junior Physiotherapy rotations at the Royal Berkshire and Battle NHS Trust. Since then Claire has worked predominantly in private practice and has worked closely with orthopaedic consultants in Colchester and London.Claire has a special interest in treating patients with back pain and shoulder pain. The treatment techniques Claire uses include manual therapy such as mobilisations, massage and trigger point release, taping, electrotherapy and the provision of exercise programmes. Claire is an experienced Pilates instructor and is also qualified to teach antenatal and postnatal Pilates. Claire thoroughly enjoys working with patients to help alleviate symptoms and aims to provide all patients with the necessary knowledge and exercises to help prevent problems from recurring in the future.