World Spine Day

 

Each year World Spine Day is observed on October 16th to encourage spinal health by disseminating information on good spinal health habits.

Our hectic and stressful lifestyles can often have significant negative effects on our spine and nervous system.  Spinal disorders such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and degenerative disc disease to name a few, are common and can have a profound effect on a person's overall health, impacting a person's ability to work, enjoy everyday activities and even disrupting healthy sleep patterns.

Research has demonstrated that poor posture and inactivity can contribute to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders.  The good news is that many of these common problems can be easily avoided.

Chiropractors are spinal health experts and take this responsibility very seriously. They work hard to educate their patients and the general public about the relationship between structure (primarily the spine and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous systems) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

In short, this means that your overall health can be affected by the health of your spine. The human body was designed for movement so to keep your spine at its best we should stay active. In other words a healthier spine means a healthier life.

This year's theme for World Spine Day is Straighten Up and Move, focusing on the importance of proper posture and movement in maintaining good spinal health. Just Start Walking is an initiative from the World Federation of Chiropractic.

The Just Start Walking initiative was developed to raise awareness about the importance of keeping active, the benefits this can offer to your overall well-being and spinal health as well as providing an easy-to-use program to help encourage regular physical activity.

Getting motivated to walk is as easy as 1-2-3

1. VISIT WWW.JUSTSTARTWALKING.COM.AU for tips on how to get the most out of your walking and to search for local walking events in your community.

2. DOWNLOAD THE FREE MOBILE APP   http://www.juststartwalking.com.au/content/download-the-app

Track your walks and set reminders to introduce regular walking into your lifestyle.

  • Record you walks and keep tally of your total walking activity
  • Set reminders of when to walk
  • Set goals for how much time you'd like to walk each week, and track your activity against these goals
  • Search for walking events in your local area

3. JUST START WALLKING & ENJOY