Get your spinal health back on track

 Improve your spinal health with exercise, good posture, movement, self-care and a visit to a chiropractor.
Improve your spinal health with exercise, good posture, movement, self-care and a visit to a chiropractor.

When it comes to ailments such as back pain, neck pain and headaches you should consider seeing a chiropractor.

The Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) says these health issues can greatly impact your quality of life by making simple, everyday activities difficult to complete.

"With back pain, neck pain and headaches being so common, most people think they are a normal part of life," an ACA spokesperson said.

"It is important that Australians understand all their options when it comes to caring for their health and wellbeing.

"The good news is that chiropractic may offer you a drug free alternative to not only help prevent and alleviate pain, but to promote a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle."

Most headaches have more than one contributing cause. They may be due to dehydration, stress, desk work, bad pillows and much more. They can also take the form of migraines, which affect 4.9 million Australians and greatly impact overall health and wellbeing.

"While it may be easy to take certain medications to mask the pain associated with a headache, if you're a constant sufferer it could be time to try something new," the spokesperson said.

"Why not consider a chiropractor to help manage your headaches? Chiropractors use specific, gentle spinal adjustments to help alleviate headaches and can also provide lifestyle advice on helping to prevent their reoccurrence.

"The focus of chiropractic care is on addressing the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms - this can create the potential for long lasting pain alleviation."

As part of World Spine Day, held last week, ACA's theme has been encouraging communities to get their spinal health and wellbeing 'Back on Track' after months of changed routines.

The timely theme was inspired by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have inevitably led to a decrease in physical activity, potentially leaving people susceptible to spinal pain.

In the recent consumer survey conducted by ACA, a third of Australians (32.6 per cent) admitted that their pain made them less mobile and even impacted their ability to perform everyday tasks.

Back on Track highlights the importance of exercise, posture, movement and good self-care to ensure a healthy spine. The activities can be as simple as ensuring you exercise daily, maintain a balanced diet and get enough sleep.

You can also download the Straighten Up stretching app, which is a great way to help you regain control over your health. The three-minute exercise program on the app can be done anytime, anywhere and allows you to set helpful reminders throughout the day about taking breaks, stretching, correcting posture and staying hydrated.

Visiting an ACA chiropractor is key in helping Australians get their spinal health back on track. Chiropractors carefully assess each patient individually and tailor their care accordingly. They are also trained to provide lifestyle advice to improve a patient's overall health and wellbeing.

Find your local ACA chiropractor at chiro.org.au

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