World Spine Day 16th October 2013
World Spine Day, created by the Bone and Joint Decade and commissioned by the World Health Organisation is celebrated yearly on the 16th October. The purpose of World Spine day is
to raise international awareness of the impact of back pain related disorders ranging from the socio-economic burden to the devastating impact it has on the physical and mental well being of millions of sufferers worldwide.
It is estimated that the socio economic impact of back pain in Europe was €12.3 Billion in 1998. A recent study estimated that chronic back pain cost the Irish economy 5.4 billion euro which equates to 2.86% of the Irish GDP. In the Irish sample, lower back pain was the most common type of back pain, accounting for 40%. 48% of the Irish people surveyed had suffered from back pain for more than five years, whereas 68% suffered from back pain at least once a week or more.
There is also the physical and mental impact of chronic pain on sufferers with marked decrease in quality of life and notable increase in depression. It is strongly recommended that patients suffering from back pain remain as active as possible, as bed rest has been found to negatively affect recovery. Poor spinal posture is often linked to the development of back pain, increasingly so with the rapid advancement in the technologically driven world in which we operate. Many people commonly work and play in cramped, awkward, slouched postures and children are spending increasing amounts of time in front of computers or playing games consoles.
The Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI) run a community based public health initiative called Straighten UP Ireland, which runs from the 14-20th October 2013, incorporating World Spine Day on the 16th October. Straighten Up Ireland consists of a set of simple fun exercises and taking just three minutes to complete and help to improve posture, stabilise core muscle groups, enhance health and help prevent spinal disability.
These simple exercises can be introduced as warm up sessions for sports but more importantly as small ergonomic/posture breaks when studying or at work
The exercises can be performed by all ages, however should you have any mobility issues, or chronic back pain, please check with your local CAI chiropractor regarding suitability and advice. CAI Chriopractors in your area can be found using the Locate a Chiropractor section on the right hand side of this page.
Leaflets explaining these exercises can be found below
So remember Stand tall, sit straight and look after your spine by adopting good spinal posture!
For a short demonstration on how the exercises should be done please play the video HERE (video courtesy of the BCA).