Movement is crucial for a healthy Spine and Nervous System. Sitting is the new cigarette smoking in this day and age Healthy Posture ensures a health neurological environment in which healing and healthy self regulation can occur. Conversely, poor Posture shuts your brain off and creates devastating interference on your nervous system and creates Dis-Ease.
How are you promoting Healthy Spinal Posture?
World Spine Day has produced a toolkit, available at its website (www.worldspineday.org) to help organisations, employers, healthcare providers and other interested groups plan to get involved. Using the hashtags #worldspineday and #spineselfie, World Spine Say encourages people to take social media (@world_spine_day) to post images of healthy spine habits at work. With disc disease, osteoarthritis, and structural deformities such as scoliosis, back pain can take many forms but, says Dr. Nash, there are measures that can help to address the condition: “By raising awareness of work-related spine issues, we hope to reduce the terrible impact of back problems throughout the world. Education and prevention strategies are key- we want to stop back pain at work before it starts. World Spine Day aims to reach employers as well as employees- after all, a healthy workforce is a productive workforce.
World Spine Day is an initiative of the Bone and Joint Decade/Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health. Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability according to the Global Burden of Disease Studies for 2010 and 2013. Four and five adults will be affected by back pain at some point in their lives. It is the second most common reason for absence from work. Most causes of back pain are mechanical in origin- meaning that they are not caused by serious underlying conditions like cancer, infections or fractures. Americans spend over $50 billion on back pain treatments each year (source: American Chiropractic Association www.acatoday.org). In the UK alone, over 4 million working days are lost to back pain and on average an employee with low back pain takes 17 days to recover (source: BackCare www.backcare.org.uk)
(Provided by Dr. Jennifer Nash, Special Projects Coordinator, World Spine Day)