Pandemic of spinal disorders is coming
STAND up straight, shoulders back, chin up.
That is the message Jason Parkes wants to deliver to Coffs Coast residents on World Spine Day today.
The Boambee chiropractor said an estimated 16.5 million people across Australia will suffer significant spinal discomfort or disability at some stage in their life time.
"Many people work and play in cramped, awkward, slouched postures," said Mr Parkes.
"As a result there is a pandemic of work and recreation related chronic spinal disorders," he said.
"People's quality of life is being compromised.
"Every year, spinal disorders and back pain costs billions of dollars in health care fees and diminished individual income and productivity.
"Recent studies indicate that training school children in beneficial postural habits and exercises can be helpful in facilitating postural improvement.
"In today's sedentary electronic culture, many children spend long hours sitting over computers and games consoles in stooped postures that have been correlated with poor spinal health."
World Spine Day, initiated by the World Health Organisation, aims to raise awareness about spinal disability and educate the public on how to improve spinal health.
Mr Parkes said while it's great to have a day that recognises the importance of spinal health, every day should be spinal health day.
"The Straighten Up Australia campaign that was implemented earlier this year is a great place to start," he said.
Straighten Up Australia was launched in June 2006 as part of a worldwide health initiative to educate, empower and mobilise the public to 'straighten up' and care for their posture on a daily basis.
The campaign encourages Australians to adopt a simple three-minute exercise program as part of their daily routine, the same amount of time we spend cleaning our teeth.
For more information on the Straighten Up Australia program or to download the exercise program, visit www.straightenupaustralia.com.au or call Jason Parkes from Boambee Chiropractic on 6658 5550.