More than 3.7 million Australians have back pain or similar problems according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's (AIHW) two-yearly report card; Australia’s Health 2018.
Poor spinal health can manifest in various ways such as neck pain, backache and headaches, and often cannot be ignored.
In some cases, musculoskeletal conditions are difficult to avoid (such as an accident or injury) however, everyday habits can be a big determining factor in how well our spines handle stress.
A few small changes can make a big impact on pain.
Try being mindful of your posture, being more active and taking breaks from mobile devices.
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Incorporate stretching into your daily routine and look after your general bone health (and density) with good nutrition, regular small doses of Vitamin D, and exercise.
It’s also important to maintain a healthy body weight.
Overweight and obese people are more likely to suffer back pain (and other joint pain) so try to keep a healthy BMI.
The best way to make lifestyle changes is to seek advice, start gradually, be consistent and build on your capabilities over time.
Seeing your chiropractor may also help to alleviate pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions.
The Australian Chiropractors Association says that chiropractors use a variety of non-surgical techniques such as spinal adjustments and manual therapy to address spinal health issues.
They offer a drug-free, hands-on approach to healthcare.
The focus of chiropractors is on correcting dysfunctions in the musculoskeletal and nervous system.
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the spine and nervous system.
Chiropractors work towards restoring and maintaining normal spinal function without surgery or medication and they encourage patients to make the necessary lifestyle choices to achieve this.
This approach can not only improve pain, but help restore proper balance and movement.
It’s important to pay attention to your back or neck pain.
Don’t ignore nagging pain and if something doesn’t feel right or causes concern, make an appointment to see your GP or your chiropractor who can assess and assist in helping you find your way back to good spinal health.
This World Spine Day, Australians are encouraged to take action towards better spinal health and improving their quality of life.