IT MAY no longer be Spinal Health Week, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t all be looking after the well-being of this vital piece of our anatomy.
Kate Granger from The Family Chiropractor is encouraging Australians to make small lifestyle changes to improve their spinal health and well-being.
Musculoskeletal conditions are very common, affecting 30 per cent (6.9 million) of all Australians, including 3.7 million people with back problems.
In some cases, these issues are difficult to avoid (such as an accident or injury), but everyday habits can be a big determining factor in how well our spines handle stress.
Because musculoskeletal conditions are so common, there is a strong case for being proactive and making the necessary changes to improve your quality of life now and in the future.Kate Granger, chiropractor
Kate believes focusing on harmful daily habits and encouraging small, practical steps to remedy them is the best approach to positive spinal health.
“Because musculoskeletal conditions are so common, there is a strong case for being proactive and making the necessary changes to improve your quality of life now and in the future,” she said.
Simple lifestyle adjustments such as being mindful of your posture, being more active, taking breaks from mobile devices and incorporating stretching into your daily routine can make a noticeable difference.
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“It is important to take preventative measures when it comes to spinal health and if you are experiencing pain, it is not advisable to ignore this,” Kate said. “Seek advice from your local CAA chiropractor or other healthcare professional as early as possible.”
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the spine and nervous system without the use of drugs or surgery.
With a core focus on musculoskeletal health, chiropractors are qualified to care for a variety of conditions such as headaches, back pain and neck pain.
Using non-surgical techniques and advising on lifestyle modifications, chiropractors help restore and maintain normal spinal function.
Visit spinalhealthweek.com.au to learn more about everyday habits that could place stress on your spine, what you can do to improve your spinal health and how “chiro can help”.