October 16th is World Spine Day, raising awareness about spinal disorders across the globe. Millions of people throughout the world suffer from spinal related disorders, including neck pain, low back pain, disc disease and scoliosis to name a few.

Spinal disorders are among some of the leading causes of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease in 2010, with low back pain being the single leading cause. When people are hindered by pain during movement, it impacts on quality of life, ability to work and relationships around them. Back pain is the most common reasons for missed work and the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office.

Research has demonstrated that poor posture and inactivity are some of the leading causes to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders. According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 4 adults is not getting enough activity and more than 80% of the adolescent population is not active enough.

At some point in our lives, most of us will suffer back or neck pain. This can be the result from injury from lifting or twisting, it can be related to the work we do, placing repetitive and awkward stresses on our spine.
This year, World Spine Day aims to inform, educate and inspire people to prevent pain and disability by improving posture and becoming more physically active- to Straighten Up and Move! There is a large emphasis on the importance of healthy spinal posture and activity which promote body awareness and minimise the day to day wear and tear on a person’s spine.

Treatment of musculoskeletal conditions starts with education to facilitate self-management and pain relief through massage, ice, physical therapy, and/or pain relief medications.

For World Spine Day & Bone and Joint Week, Simply Health and Wellness are offering FREE postural assessments for everyone! Simply phone 02 9651 5559 or email info@simplyhealthandwellness.com.au to book your Free Digital Posture Screen!