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Spinal Awareness Week
Spinal Awareness Week is a national initiative from the United Chiropractic Association and will be held every May. The theme for this year’s Spinal Awareness Week 12th – 16th May is: ‘Posture Starts with the Spine’
Spinal Awareness Week hopes to educate and empower people to make positive changes in their posture and their health. Great posture begins with the spine – and chiropractic is a safe and effective way to achieve a healthy spine. Posture ranks up the top of the list when talking about good health. Good posture is as important as eating right, exercising, sleeping well and avoiding potential harmful addictive substances such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes.
Your posture is like a window into your health. Poor posture indicates that the spine is not aligned as it should be. When the spine is misaligned, the nerves that run along each of your spinal segments can’t function at their best. Since the nerves control all of your body’s basic functions, any interference has significant impact on your overall health.
During Spinal Awareness Week, UCA chiropractors will focus attention on some very modern-day risks to a good posture and will also offer advice on posture in babies. Among the risks are over-use of mobile devices, carrying heavy bags and women wearing high heels.
For example, members will be raising awareness about the danger of forward-leaning posture – the habit of dropping the head forward and rounding the shoulders while using mobile devices. Studies suggest a link between forward-leaning posture in older people and hyperkyphosis, which is associated with pulmonary disease and cardiovascular problems. Those with hyperkyphosis have greater risk of mortality than those without.