“Straighten Up and Move” this October 16th for World Spine Day.

Posted on October 16, 2016
in  by Teresa Healy

The Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI) is encouraging people of all ages to “Straighten Up and Move” for World Spine Day this year. World Spine Day aims to raise awareness of spinal health and the global impact or spinal disorders. According to the World Health Organization, one in four adults is not active enough and over 80% of the adolescent population is not active enough. Research has demonstrated that poor posture and inactivity are major contributors to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. According to the Global Burden of Disease 2010, low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. 

Our modern lifestyles mean we are spending more and more time sitting. We’re sitting in cars, in school, at work and often sitting when we get home. Our bodies are not getting the movement they need stay healthy, and we are seeing a rise in back and neck problems, as well as other health issues as a result. These problems can impact not only our work, but also our moods, our relationships and our independence.

Dr. Tammy Verlaan-Ross, CAI President and Chiropractor comments: “Chiropractic care restores the health and function of your spine, improving the communication between your brain, your body and the environment. CAI Chiropractors are experts in assessing spinal health and we encourage the public to have their spine assessed by a CAI Chiropractor regularly, much like you would visit your dentist to have your teeth checked. Regular chiropractic care can help the spine and body to function at an optimal level, regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms."

The theme for this year’s World Spine Day of ‘Straighten Up and Move’ aims to remind people of the importance of posture and movement in staying healthy. CAI Secretary Dr Erina Olsen says “Our sedentary lifestyles are having a growing impact on our health. We are seeing this in adults but also increasingly in children. We want people to get the message of how important it is to ‘Straighten Up and Move’ regularly throughout the day.”

Here are some simple ways to incorporate more movement into your day:

• Take the stairs instead of the lift

• Park further away from where you are going

• Get off the bus/train/Luas a stop early and walk

• Use a smaller glass for water so you have to get up and fill it more often

• Get up and walk to a colleagues desk instead of sending an email

• For short journeys walk instead of taking the car.

• Walk or cycle the children to school

CAI Chiropractors are uniquely trained to not only restore function to the spine, but also to advise on ways to keep the spine healthy, maintain good posture and movement and minimize your chances of having debilitating back problems. Many Chiropractors around Ireland will be hosting events in their offices for World Spine Day.

 Tips to Prevent Back Pain

• Maintain a healthy diet and weight.

• Remain active—under the supervision of your health professional.

• Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest. • Warm up or stretch before exercising or physical activities, such as gardening.

• Maintain proper posture. • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. • Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.

• Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.

• Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.

• Work with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your computer workstation is ergonomically correct.


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