October 16th is World Spine Day – a global day of action to highlight the burden of back pain and promote optimum spinal health and wellbeing. This year’s theme is to get everyone Back on Track following the Coronavirus pandemic which has restricted our physical activity and reduced our mobility.
Since the implementation of lockdown rules such as working from home, gym closures and reduced time outdoors have become our new normal, there has been an increase in the number of reports of back and neck pain.
With an estimated one billion people worldwide suffering with back pain, from children through to the elderly, it is important to establish habits that keep us active and our spines healthy. Evidence supports regular movement and activity so that the spine, which is made up of 24 separate vertebrae and over 60 joints, can function properly, keeping you upright and protecting your spinal cord and nerves. Simple measures such as watching your posture and lifting responsibly all help to keep your spine functioning properly which often helps to prevent joints from getting creaky and painful.
With the rules and weather ever-changing, it can be difficult to find the motivation to stick to an exercise routine. Finding an activity that you enjoy, makes you feel good and doesn’t seem like a chore are some of the ways to beat the exercise blues. Remember, activity doesn’t always have to be strenuous to be effective; daily walks, a short yoga class or dancing around your kitchen are all great ways to boost your mood and get your heart rate up.
For more information please give us a call on 01452 883232 and one of our Chiropractors will be happy to discuss things with you.
This World Spine Day, let’s all commit to getting our spines Back on Track!