World Spine Day 16th oct 2018 – “LOVE YOUR SPINE”
#LoveYourSpine will highlight the importance of spinal health and wellbeing.
With an estimated one billion people worldwide suffering from back pain, it affects all age groups, from children to the elderly. It is the biggest single cause of disability on the planet, with one in four adults estimated to suffer from back pain during their lives. Prevention is therefore key and this year’s World Spine Day will be encouraging people to take steps to be kind to their spines.
Some pointers to prevent spinal issues
Lift right. Stand as close to the object as you can, and use your legs and knees rather than your back or upper body to pull up the item.
Sleep tight. Your body needs a good night’s sleep to repair itself. Sleep on your side, not your stomach.
Stretch out.”Keeping flexible helps maintain normal joint function and a good range of motion. It also reduces the risk of injury.”
Stay active. You’re at an increased risk of experiencing low back pain if you’re not active or physically fit. Playing with your kids, staying active and keeping your body moving helps maintain a healthy spine,”
Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese, or quickly gaining a significant amount of weight, are risk factors for low back pain — excess weight, especially if you have belly fat, can put added stress on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your lower back.
Stay hydrated. “Staying hydrated is important to maintaining soft tissue elasticity and fluidity in joints. As spinal disks begin to shrink, you become more susceptible to painful disk conditions. Herniated disks, also known as slipped or ruptured disks, occur when the loss of fluid causes the disks to become brittle and eventually slip out of place.
Work smart. Make sure your workspace — whether a laptop, phone, computer desk, or even your car — is set up for your height and functionality. Choose a chair that provides lower back support.
Pay attention to any warning signs.
Although it’s common to have back pain once in a while, “Listen to what your body is telling you,” “Don’t overdo it at the gym or at work, or self-medicate to relieve symptoms. Seek medical care.