With half of Australians not sufficiently physically active, residents of Karrinyup and surrounds are being encouraged to ‘Get Spine Active’ and take control of their spinal health this World Spine Day.
Celebrated each year on 16 October, people from around the world come together to raise awareness about spinal disorders and empower others to take charge of their spinal health.
An annual initiative of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, World Spine Day is accompanied by the 2019 theme ‘Get Spine Active’ and local chiropractor Dr Barry Smith from Karrinyup Wellness Centre believes there is no better time to spread this important message.
“Being physically active can greatly help your spinal health by strengthening your muscles and easing the pressure on your spine,” Dr Barry Smith said.
While the ‘Get Spine Active’ theme aims to focus on the benefits of exercise and daily movement for maintaining health, Dr Barry Smith says it’s important to think about how all daily habits can affect your spine.
“World Spine Day is a perfect opportunity to ask yourself, ‘am I making the right choices for my spinal health?’ If not, then it’s time to make those changes and if needed seek professional help to get you started.”
‘Get Spine Active’ will focus on common physical activities including running, swimming, weightlifting and cycling, with the aim of encouraging all Australians to incorporate one of these activities or other healthy habits into their everyday lives.
Other forms of physical activity can include stretching, walking and taking small breaks during your workday. To help Australians get started on improving their spinal health, the Australian Chiropractors Association has developed the Straighten Up app designed to help improve posture, with a 3-minute stretching exercise program. They have also created the Just Start Walking app to help encourage Australians to experience the benefits of walking and also allows you to track and map your walks so you can monitor your progress and improvement.
Karrinyup Wellness Centre is encouraging their community of Karrinyup and surrounds to Get Spine Active this World Spine Day and take the correct steps to improve their spinal health.
Chiropractors are well placed to assess and manage disorders of the musculoskeletal system and offer solutions and advice regarding your existing spinal health issues or how to improve your overall spinal health.
To book an appointment with your local ACA chiropractor, contact Karrinyup Wellness Centre on 9341 3020.