Australians are living longer and we want to be healthy, active and capable of enjoying those extra years. Unfortunately, back pain is one of the top three causes of disability in Australia. Instead of enjoying retirement when you plan for it, over a quarter of a million Australians are being forced into early retirement because of their back pain or arthritic pain, which could cause the loss of income and quality of their retirement years.
Back pain is a common ailment for residents in Seaforth, Balgowlah and the neighbouring suburbs of the Northern Beaches. One in eleven people can be expected to have back problems this year. Seeing a chiropractor can help reduce your back pain and correct your posture. The live better, We’ve got your back campaign launches Spinal Health Week (19-25 May 2014), a national campaign by the chiropractors association of Australia (CAA), to draw attention to the size of the problem of back pain and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle in Australia.
AHS Chiropractors Dr. Sam Wirth and Dr. Andrew Ullo are calling upon the local residents of Seaforth, Balgowlah, Clontarf and other neighbouring suburbs to take up the challenge of improving lifestyle habits to better care for their backs.
Improving Postural fitness, such as not sitting down for too long, sitting correctly and using proper techniques when bending or lifting can help to avoid damage to your spine. Proper posture keeps everything in its natural position, which reduces wear and tear of joints and relieves stress, improves health and enhances your appearance.
Putting up with back pain can lead to avoiding exercise and physical activity, and the effects can lead to mental health issues (including depression), and dissatisfaction in the workplace.
Some ways to improve your posture include:
- Try standing when you’re on the phone for extended periods
- Take regular stretch breaks during the day
- Check and adjust your position regularly
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator where possible
Spinal Health Week is a great reminder to make an appointment with the Chiropractors at AHS to assess your posture or any new injuries that may have arisen over the holiday period and to discuss how a more active lifestyle will improve your overall wellbeing.
Please call your Chiropractor at AHS on 9948 2826 or visit our clinic at 9/470 Sydney Rd in Balgowlah servicing the surrounding suburbs of Allambie, Balgowlah Heights, Seaforth, Fairlight and Manly on the Northern Beaches.