Back Pain? Take a Pill

Tri-Unity Life Pty Ltd launches a new website to teach people how to manage back and neck pain without the use of pills

Online PR News – 30-March-2010 – – Oatley, NSW ( Onlineprnews ) March 30, 2010 - Tri-Unity Life Pty Ltd launches a new website to teach people how to manage back and neck pain without the use of pills

The new website (, provides an abundance of information for people suffering back pain ( and neck pain. The $55 annual membership also provides video exercise programs, downloads and the ability to ask questions to health professionals via a forum.

“Back and neck pain affects the enjoyment of day to day life profoundly,” says Chiropractor and co-founder Matthew Olthof, “ The most common type of back pain and neck pain is attributed to lifestyle habits and can be easily improved with simple exercises. Our goal is to show people these exercises that can be done at home or in the office and therefore prevent people from taking pain medication unnecessarily.”

The Prevalence of Back Pain in Australia

According the Australian Bureau of Statistics (Musculoskeletal Conditions in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05 ) In 2004-05, musculoskeletal conditions were more prevalent than any other of the National Health Priority Areas, with 31% of Australians suffering from one or more of these conditions. Although there are more than one hundred musculoskeletal conditions the most common are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and back pain.

Chronic back pain can be attributed to numerous causes including muscle strain or the displacement of an intervertebral disc, however the most common cause of back pain is related to lifestyle and behaviour, such as: posture, work habits, poor nutrition and lack of exercise.

Pill Popping

Managing back pain and relieving symptoms requires a small change to lifestyle habits as well as exercise; A very simple, healthy and non intrusive treatment. Yet the majority of pain sufferers will choose popping a pill over performing back pain exercises (

The most common, over the counter, pain relief pill is ibuprofen. Some manufacturers even label their ibuprofen medication as being specific for back pain even though the ingredients and dosage is no different to the dosage required to treat a headache. Certainly this could be considered exploitative marketing.

Risk of Prolonged Ibuprofen use

Taken in recommended doses and for short periods of time, ibuprofen and other over-the-counter pain relief medication is well tolerated by the body. However, there are serious risks to the body from prolonged use and high dosage use of ibuprofen. Some possible risks include: increased fatigue, loss of appetite, renal dysfunction, abnormal liver function and damage to the small intestine. More information and research can be found at the American Gastroenterological Association website:

Katie Hodgkinson
Tri-Unity Life Pty Ltd