This year, Spinal Health Week 2016 runs from 23 to 29 May with the theme ‘Back Your Inner Athlete’.
Every day more and more Australians experience disabling low back pain, neck pain and headaches, limiting their ability to work and engage in an active healthy life.
One explanation for this is the impact an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has on postural fitness. Think about all the hours you spend each day sitting at work or school, on a computer or other mobile device, watching television or playing computer games. Poor posture increases pressure on your spine which can cause low back pain, neck pain, headaches and fatigue.
Low back pain is a growing problem and now ranks second in Australasia and seventh in the world according to the World Health Organisation’s latest Global Burden of Disease study. Neck pain is also problematic ranking ninth in Australasia and 21st in the world.
If you suffer from back pain, neck pain or headaches or if poor postural fitness is impacting on your ability to live life to the fullest, visit us at Transitions Chiropractic and Back Your Inner Athlete.
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between body structure (primarily the spine and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how this relationship can restore and maintain health.
Each week around 300,000 patients visit an Australian chiropractor. Chiropractic care is an increasingly common and effective treatment for back pain, neck pain and headaches, eliminating the need for drugs or surgery. This means chiropractic care can also be very cost effective in comparison to other types of treatment.
At Transitions Chiropractic we are encouraging our patients and the Newcastle community to begin a conversation about preventative health & wellbeing and to adopt healthy habits.
Chiropractors have an important role to play in preventative health and wellbeing because they understand that a vital part of maintaining normal spinal function is by helping patients to make healthy lifestyle changes around nutrition, exercise and wellness. Personally, I am a huge believer in our own athletic potential which is why I am constantly trying to improve my own sporting abilities.
Adopting healthy habits today could include:
- Improving postural fitness
- Using a stand up desk (like ours courtesy of EOF)
- Riding a bike or walking to the shops as opposed to driving
These can significantly reduce the risk of injury or pain while also having a positive impact on your self-esteem, social relationships and mental health.
Back, neck and spinal problems are also a leading cause of lost productivity in the workplace and forced early retirement. Every year forced early retirement has a traumatic effect on the hopes and prosperity of a large number of Australians.
Throughout May at Transitions Chiropractic we will be actively promoting Backing your Inner Athlete. Yes I know it is Spinal Health Week, but I believe that your inner athlete deserves more than just a week of your life’s priority…
Celebrate Spinal Health Week on 23 May by downloading the CAA Back App with augmented reality feature at www.backyourinnerathlete.com.au, on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Call us today for an appointment and help release your own inner athletic potential.
Spinal Health Week 2016 is a national initiative of the Chiropractors’ Association Australia (CAA).