World Spine Day 2015 – Healthy Spine, Healthy Brain

Posted on September 30, 2015
in  by Dr. Tammy Verlaan-Ross

A strong, flexible and balanced spine for healthy brain and body function

Each year on October 16th, health care providers and organisations from around the world join together to mark World Spine Day and promote good spinal health. The campaign is focused on educating the public on the impact of spinal and postural disorders on health, wellbeing and quality of life, and to empower people with the knowledge and tools to help them improve and maintain their spinal and general health.

The Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI) is once again supporting World Spine Day as part of their annual Straighten Up Ireland Week which began yesterday, Monday 12th of October and incorporates World Spine Day this Friday 16th October. This year’s theme is ‘Healthy Spine, Healthy Brain’ and aims to highlight the importance of a strong, flexible and balanced spine to keep brains healthy and enhance overall body function and quality of life. Healthy Spine, Healthy Brain The spine is a vitally important part of our body. It provides structure, support, facilitates movement and has a direct impact on our overall health and wellbeing.

Research shows that the function of your spine influences the way your brain communicates with your body. If your spine is not functioning properly, it makes it harder for your brain to accurately perceive what is going on in your body. This impacts how it can control your movements and even your ability to deal with daily activities. It can also lead to accidents and the development of painful conditions.

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."

Straighten Up Ireland Three Minute Exercise Programme:

As part of the week long Straighten Up Ireland campaign and in line with World Spine Day activities, the CAI is urging adults and children to commit to a three minute daily exercise programme, specifically designed to maintain a healthy spine, improve posture, stabilise core muscle groups and boost health. The exercises can be undertaken by people of all ages with a special program tailored for children. Detailed instruction leaflets can be downloaded at Straighten Up Ireland 2015. (NB. These exercises are designed for healthy individuals. Please check with your chiropractor or health professional before continuing. They are not meant to replace thorough assessment and appropriate care for spinal conditions)

Dr. Verlaan-Ross continued: "The Straighten Up Ireland exercises are like brushing your teeth for spinal health. Maintaining a strong and flexible spine is important for spinal and brain health. Doing the Straighten Up Ireland three minute set of simple exercises every day will help improve posture, stabilise core muscle groups, enhance health and prevent spinal disability."

Spine & Nervous System Check:

Participating CAI Chiropractors throughout Ireland will be offering the public a chance to have a Spine and Nervous System Check with a local CAI Chiropractor. The assessment will cost €30 and operate on an appointment only basis. One hundred per cent of proceeds will be donated to charity partner, Spinal Injuries Ireland, to contribute towards the provision of support services for individuals with a spinal cord injury. To avail of this offer, please visit 'Fundraiser for Spinal Injuries Ireland' to obtain a voucher and make an appointment with a local participating CAI chiropractor. Vouchers are available to purchase until Saturday 24th October and must be used between Monday 12th October and Saturday 7th November, subject to the opening hours of the participating CAI Chiropractor.