Spinal Health Week 2016 ran from 23 to 29 May and this year the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) was encouraging Australians to ‘Back Your Athlete’.
Spinal Health Week 2016 focused on how one can perform and live better by backing their inner athlete through good spinal function, reducing pain, maintaining healthy posture and taking care of one’s health.
Visit the website www.backyourinnerathlete.com.au and view the Spinal Health Week introductory video, which highlights this concept. The concept of this year’s Back Your Inner Athlete campaign, focused around encouraging everyone’s inner athlete to surface, alludes to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, which are just around the corner. This major international multi-sport event, will involve over 10,500 athletes from 206 countries, currently in intensive training and chiropractic care to perform to their optimum.
The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia used Spinal Health Week 2016, to remind all Australians that, not just sports athletes, but everyone, can back their own inner athlete and perform to their peak by doing simple things like focusing on the importance of spinal function, reducing pain, managing posture, which, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle can activate their performance.
“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. Think about all the hours you spend each day sitting at work or school, commuting, on your computer or other mobile device and watching television,” said CAA Deputy President, Dr Andrew Lawrence.
“Poor posture used during these activities increases pressure on your spine which can cause lower back pain, neck pain, headaches and fatigue.”
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 a chiropractor and Back Your Inner Athlete. Chiropractic care is an increasingly common and effective treatment for back pain, neck pain and headaches, eliminating the need for drugs or surgery.
“Helping patients make positive changes, with respect to nutrition, exercise and wellness is also fundamental to maintaining normal spinal function,” added Dr Lawrence.
“Adopting healthy habits today, such as improving postural fitness, can significantly reduce the risk of injury or pain in later years. What’s more, good spinal health can benefit our self-esteem, social relationships and mental health.”
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), ‘globally, around 31% of adults aged 15 and over were insufficiently active in 2008 (men 28% and women 34%). Approximately 3.2 million deaths each year are attributable to insufficient physical activity’. Through the ‘Back Your Inner Athlete’ campaign, the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia were aiming to support the initiative of the WHO Member States in ‘WHA 66.10 to a voluntary global NCD target for a reduction of 10% in physical inactivity by 2025’.