World Spine Day brings people together from all walks of life – patients, health providers, healthcare organisations, associations and governments – to help ease the global burden of spinal disorders. With an estimated one billion people worldwide suffering from back pain, it affects all age groups, from children to the elderly.
World Spine Day is a global initiative organised by the World Federation of Chiropractic which is aimed at raising awareness of spinal health and spine disorders with individuals, communities, and professionals.
Prevention is key; therefor this year’s World Spine Day will be encouraging people to take steps to be kind to their spines.
The theme for this year’s World Spine Day is Love Your Spine. With this theme we aim to help you create good habits in your work and home life that will help to reduce future issue for your spine. Essentially we want you to ‘love your spine’.
This initiative is designed to empower people in all walks of life to take action towards better spinal health and improving their quality of life. It is aimed at people of all ages, genders and cultures.
Be Mindful of Your Posture – bad habits can be created all around us. At work, sitting at a computer, in the car, even while sitting on the couch. Be mindful of your environment and try to choose the best course of action for your spine. Sit up straight, or get a standing desk, adjust or change your chair, adjust your car seat, move your TV or couch so your aren’t straining your neck. All of these thing and more can be done to help create better habits.
Practise Responsible Lifting – we’ve all heard the old adage ‘lift with your knees’, and while this is still true, there’s more to it. Responsible lifting means assessing your load and finding the best way to lift with minimal strain to your body, especially your spine. This includes keeping your spine neutral, activating your core muscles, and yes, lifting with your knees. It may also include lifting with two or more people when necessary.
Get Moving and Stay Active – last year’s theme was Your Back in Action which promoted movement and activity as key to spinal health. Continuing with this theme we aim to encourage movement and an active lifestyle as ways to Love Your Spine.
Visit your Chiropractor – visiting your Chiropractor can help on a multitude of levels, from acute back pain, to chronic complaints, pins and needles, headaches, and many more. We want to help you love your spine and keep it healthy, which in turn keeps you healthy.