Health Tips on World Spine Day

‘Love Your Spine’ this World Spine Day

 Every year on 16 October, people from around the world come together on World Spine Day  to raise awareness about spinal disorders and empower others to take charge of their spinal health.

Back pain disability increasing

Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is having a profound negative impact on our health, especially on our spine.  Back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders are on the rise and Australians of all ages are suffering.  Globally, years lived with disability caused by low back pain (LBP) has increased by 54% from 1990 to 2015.  LBP is now the leading cause of disability worldwide.

The good news is that it’s possible to prevent such spinal health issues, without the need for drastic measures.

Lifestyle changes to prevent spinal problems

The theme for World Spine Day this year is ‘Love Your Spine’, emphasising the importance of looking after your spine and taking steps to prevent spinal disorders.  Regular physical activity, good posture, lifting safely, healthy working conditions and lifestyle adjustments can improve spinal health and overall wellbeing.

Ways to ‘Love Your Spine’ this World Spine Day:

  • Be mindful of your posture
  • Practise responsible lifting
  • Get moving and stay active
  • Download the Straighten Up Australia app

Straighten Up Australia App

The Australian Chiropractors Association has developed the Straighten Up Australia app . This app helps you stay active, improve your posture and enhance spinal health.  It has posture reminders, a daily exercise program, and other helpful resources to assist Australians in taking control of their health.

Most people underestimate the positive effects that simple lifestyle changes can have on spinal health.  World Spine Day is a great opportunity to assess your activity levels, posture and other lifestyle choices.

Chiropractic Care shown to help both adults and children

Of course, while we all might have good intentions, sometimes exercise and lifestyle changes just aren’t enough.  This is when a visit to your chiropractor can help.

For many years now International guidelines have recommended chiropractic care for adults, but  now research is showing this also applies for children.  A 2018 study published in the journal Pain followed 185 adolescents aged from 12-18 years with chronic low back pain.  The study demonstrated that children who received spinal manipulation and exercise, had significantly better outcomes than those who received exercise alone.

Time for your next chiropractic or massage visit?  Call us on 9889 5886 to arrange an appointment.