07 May How Often Do You Think About Your Spine?
How Often Do You Think About Your Spine?
Spinal health is something we only pay attention to when we are in pain. The spine is a very important part of your body and its health can have a big impact on how well the rest of your body’s functions perform. Spinal health issues, even subtle ones, can affect your general outlook of life and overall wellbeing.
Poor spinal health can be caused by a variety of lifestyle factors such as insufficient exercise, sedentary lifestyle, bad posture or poor sleeping habits.
How big is the problem?
According to the recently published Global Burden of Disease study, musculoskeletal conditions have the fourth greatest impact on the health of the world’s population.1
Poor spinal health can manifest in various ways such as neck pain, backache and headaches, and they contribute substantially to the disease burden within the Australian population.
Discover how chiropractors can help improve your quality of life
Many people don’t think about visiting a chiropractor or being proactive about their spinal health until they are faced with an injury or pain.
They typically seek care for existing conditions, and don’t see chiropractic as a preventative healthcare option.Chiropractic can help address current spinal health concerns and also help you discover preventative measures.
Educated and regulated
Australian chiropractors are highly qualified healthcare professionals who study at university for a minimum of five years. They are also government registered and regulated.
Non-invasive and drug free approach
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 and work towards restoring and maintaining normal spinal function without surgery or medication.
Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and they are qualified to advise patients on exercises, nutrition and lifestyle changes. Chiropractors work with other healthcare providers where needed.
1. Murray CJ, Vos T, Lozano R, et al Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for 291 diseases and injuries in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet 2012;380:2197-2223
This article was originally published by The Chiropractors Association of Australia: https://chiropractors.asn.au/resources/spinal-health-week