Straighten Up for Better Health – World Spine Day
Initiated by the World Health Organization, the Bone and Joint Decade established October 16th as World Spine Day to call attention to the burden of spinal disability and to help educate individuals in order to improve their spinal health. Millions around the world suffer from spinal disorders, which include low back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease.
Increasingly in this technological age, individuals are experiencing greater levels of spinal discomfort and disability related to stress and poor posture. Many people, including CMV drivers, commonly work and play in cramped, awkward, slouched postures. More than half of Americans who experience low back pain spend the majority of their workday sitting.
Spinal pain and disability can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, sometimes preventing them from working or even doing simple daily activities. Over 30% of men report that pain affects their ability to do work. Spinal disorders and back pain result in expenditures and losses of billions of dollars related to health care fees and diminished income and productivity.
Straighten Up and Move
The Straighten Up and Move program was designed to empower people everywhere toward better spinal health and improved quality of life. The routines can help improve and prevent poor posture, which is a common trigger for general back and neck pain.
The Straighten Up and Move program consists of a series of simple exercises and lifestyle recommendations that take just minutes each day to complete. Exercises are easy and fun and can be completed in two to three minutes as a part of a regular day-to-day preventative health practice. Straighten Up and Move resources can be found at the following sites:
- LIFE Straighten Up America Exercise Videos
- Straighten Up and Move Activity Calendar
Straighten Up Canada App
The Straighten Up Canada app includes 12 individual exercise videos for young people and adults (included below), a tracking feature to monitor progress and set personalized reminders and social media sharing capabilities. The app may be downloaded at the Android App or Apple App stores.
Additional videos are available via YouTube on the World Spine Day channel.
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