Awareness and Prevention go BACK 2 BACK for World Spine Day
written by/ October 12, 2021
The World Federation of Chiropractic is preparing to mark this year’s World Spine Day, slated for October 16, by celebrating spinal health awareness and calling for action.
The WFC started to coordinate World Spine Day in 2008. This year, the central theme is BACK2BACK, which reflects the urgency in the need to refocus on spinal pain and disability. The focus is on how people can prevent rather than just treat spinal conditions and aches.
More precisely, events are being organized to promote regular physical activity, weight control, smoking cessation, and ways to help people avoid other harmful practices.
Importance of the World Spine Day
The available data on people’s deteriorating spinal health only highlights the need to raise awareness about this issue while promoting spinal wellbeing.
At some point in their lives, one-fourth of the adult population worldwide will be affected by back pain and other spinal complications. An estimated one billion people around the globe are currently suffering from back pain, out of which some 540 million are having lower back pain. Meanwhile, the estimated annual cost of back pain on the American economy and health care system is more than $100 billion.
While hunching over our computers harms our backs, it’s not the only reason for our deteriorating spinal health. Other contributors include poor diets, inadequate mattresses, and a lack of physical activity.
Prevention and treatment in the form of choosing the right mattress for your back can be expensive but worth it. In fact, more than half of those suffering from back pain got better by changing their mattress.
It’s also worth noting that anatomically adjusted pillows designed to alleviate neck pain can also improve spinal health.
Celebrating the World Spine Day
Different organizations, health professionals, people working in the fitness industry, school children, and parents are all welcomed each year to join the social media channels of the WFC and promote World Spine Day on every continent.
Everyone is free to choose how they celebrate WSD, with the focus being on raising awareness and finding solutions.