The following is an article from the team at Life Chiropractic Centre at Carindale.
Over two million Australians have back problems each year. The consequences of back pain are serious – it affects families, lifestyle and productivity. People with back problems report 2.5 times more disorders, such as depression. One in eleven Carindale residents can be expected to have back problems this year.
This means one of the most powerful preventative health steps you can take, is to improve your postural fitness. That’s the message from the Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAA) who is urging residents to Get Back to Your Best this Spinal Health Week (20-26th May).
Local Chiropractor Dr Matthew Watkinson from Life Chiropractic Centre, has called upon Carindale residents to take up the challenge of improving their postural fitness. “Postural fitness means optimal spinal alignment. It gives you greater strength and endurance, better coordination and balance”, Dr Watkinson said.
To take control of your postural fitness, you need to think and walk tall and pick an exercise plan that will strengthen your core. Dr Matthew Watkinson suggests exercises such as pilates, yoga or swimming, all of which are good choices. But Dr Watkinson also says we need to pay attention to how we are sitting and how long we are sitting for.
“Spinal Health Week is a great reminder to make an appointment with your local CAA chiropractor to assess your spinal health and discuss how a more active lifestyle will improve your overall wellbeing,” said Dr Watkinson.
Note: Further data on the size of the problem of back pain can be found at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – www.aihw.gov.au/back-problems