Back pain impacts upon one in every two farmers

Chronic back pain affects 50% of farmers, while other main causes of occupational ill health on farms are linked to manual handling, lung problems, infections and noise.

To mark Men’s Health Week, June 10 to 16, the IFA’s ‘Men’s Health Matters’ campaign is urging farmers to make small changes to improve their health and wellbeing.

“Farming is hard work and farmers work long hours, particularly at this time of year,” said IFA farm family and social affairs chair, Caroline Farrell. “This can take its toll on physical and mental health. Farmers need to prioritise their own health and take time to recharge their batteries.” The IFA is encouraging farmers to achieve a better balance between work, to develop more outside interests and to aim to spend more time with family and friends.

“Farming is one of the most physically and mentally demanding jobs,” said Caroline Farrell. “It is so important that farmers maintain and enhance their physical health and mental wellbeing. If you have a pain with your back, feel burnt out or worried about some aspect of your health, make a commitment to go to you GP to get it checked out. By taking better care of yourself, your farm business can only benefit.”

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