World Spine Day 2014

Every year on October 16th people from around the world join together to raise awareness on World Spine Day as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week.  The@World_Spine_Day (WSD) theme for 2014 is “Straighten Up and Move”, focusing on the importance of proper posture and movement in maintaining good spinal health.

World Spine Day

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Spinal disorders, such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease, to name a few are common, and they can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, impacting a person’s ability to work, to enjoy everyday activities and even disrupting healthy sleep patterns.

Research has demonstrated that poor postures and inactivity can contribute to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders.

The good news is that many of these common problems can be easily avoided!

To help mark World Spine Day, participating health care providers and organizations around the world will provide important information, tips and tools to help prevent many of these spinal disorders.

History of World Spine Day

Until 2012, World Spine Day was not as centrally coordinated as World Arthritis Day or World Osteoporosis Day and for this reason it has received less attention.  We would like to change that.  Starting in 2012, we have been working on the development of a profile for World Spine Day in collaboration with organizations around the world.

This October will mark the first official launch of World Spine Day in this decade and we hope that people around the world will join together to raise awareness around the prevention and effective management of spinal conditions.

The Aims of World Spine Day

  1. Raise awareness about spinal health and spine disorders within the interdisciplinary health care community and amongst public policy decision-makers and the general public;
  2. To provide an opportunity for and encourage ongoing discussion about the burden of spinal disorders; and
  3. To promote an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to easing the burden of spinal disorders.

World Spine Day 2014 Theme: “Straighten Up and Move”

The theme “Straighten Up and Move” emphasizes the importance of healthy spinal posture and activity which promotes body awareness and minimizes the day-to-day wear and tear on a person’s spine.  The theme of posture and movement supports the BJD’s Vision of “Keep People Moving”.

The intent of World Spine Day is to bring people from all walks of life – patients, health providers, health care organizations, associations and governments to help ease this global burden.  In order to gain momentum and effectively do this, we need to work collaboratively together in the prevention and management of these types of disorders.

The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Spine

Your spine protects your nervous system. Your nervous system controls every aspect of your body including your muscles, your senses, your hormones and organs. Everything you do in life is coordinated by your nervous system. From viewing a beautiful sunset to your ability to walk and even experiencing the excitement of your favorite team winning a game – a properly functioning nervous system is vital to all of life.

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Sources:

World Spine Day

International Chiropractors Association

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