LOVE YOUR SPINE ON WORLD SPINE DAY
Today, people around the world will recognize World Spine Day. It has been celebrated on October 16th since 2012. World Spine Day is an opportunity to promote spinal health and raise awareness of spinal disorders. Spinal disorders are amongst the leading causes of disability in the world. When people cannot move or get around properly, their quality of life is impacted. Musculoskeletal (MSK) pain can prevent someone from going to school, from working or even doing simple daily activities. Sleep, productivity, social life, and mental health can be impacted.
Below are a few examples of how spinal pain and disorders affect the people of all demographics:
- Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, particularly affecting agriculture, forestry and fishing, health and social care, and construction industries.
- Half of all women during pregnancy will experience back pain.
- One-third of those with back pain say it affects their ability to sleep and results in millions of drug prescriptions every year.
- 32-82% of those with chronic back pain also show symptoms of depression.
This year’s World Spine Day theme is Love Your Spine! This year’s theme reflects how people can empower themselves and others when it comes to spinal health.
Here are 5 ways you can Love Your Spine:
1. Physical Activity
We know that there are many benefits to physical activity and to living an active lifestyle. Engaging in exercise and fitness activities helps keep our spine healthy. Most of us sit too much at work and at school. We don’t take enough movement breaks. We leave work feeling tired and stiff. That stiffness combined with stress and chronic poor posture can lead to pain. Small amounts of movement throughout the day can make a big difference. Set yourself a reminder every hour to stand up from your desk and move, even if it’s only for 20 seconds. Walk or bike to work if you can. Spend your evenings as well as your weekends being active with family and friends. Your spine will thank you.
2. Practice Good Posture
What is good posture? Good posture means maintaining the three natural curves in your spine. We all have two concave curves, one from the base of our skull to the base of our neck and one from our low back to our tailbone. In our mid-back, between those two concave curves, we have a convex curve. When we maintain our curves, our back can hold itself up with little effort. Our spine and core muscles are engaged but they are not overworking. On the other hand, if our posture is slouched, we put compression on our spine and stress on our lungs and stomach. Good posture isn’t only for sitting and standing. When lifting heavy objects, practice safe lifting techniques. Keep your back straight (with your curves maintained), bend your knees and use your leg muscles to lift.
3. Get Good Sleep
A good night’s sleep is often exactly what the mind and body need. Restful sleep allows our body to recover and heal. But if you are waking up sore and stiff, you may want to check in on your mattress, your pillow, and your sleep position. A mattress that is comfortable and supports your body well is the right one for you. There are many options when it comes to pillows. There is no one pillow best suited to every single person. Check out these four criteria to consider when choosing a pillow. As for sleep position, on your back or on your side is best for your spine. Sleeping on your stomach puts a lot of pressure on your low back and a lot of torsion in your neck.
4. Good Footwear
If a small problem develops in our feet, our body will react and respond. We will adapt the way we walk, the way we run, and how we stand. Altered gait and biomechanics can cause more stress on our spine. This creates the prime environment for further dysfunction and pain. Your choice of footwear influences your spine directly. Loving your feet is loving your spine.
5. Care for your Spine
Our team at Byward Chiropractic Clinic and Massage Therapy Centre is here to help you love your spine! Whether you need to address a specific issue, relieve pain, soreness or injury, or simply to relax, we offer services to accommodate everyone. Give the clinic a call and take an important step towards nurturing a loving relationship with your spine.
Loving your spine starts by being aware of your spine. Don’t wait for your back to hurt before starting to pay attention to its needs. Share with us how you Love Your Spine!