Get Back to Your Best

Everybody associates the concept of fitness with something that you have to work at and maintain. Ever thought about your postural fitness? Here are the facts:

• 1 in 11 suffers from back pain, which accounts for 2 million Australians

• Back pain is the 3rd biggest cause of years lost due to disability

• 280,000 Australians are forced into early retirement due to back pain and arthritis 1

• Back pain costs Australian taxpayers $12 billion dollars

Postural fitness means optimal spinal health and alignment. It gives you greater strength, endurance, better coordination and balance. The biggest impact on postural fitness is sitting too long.

Sitting can:

• Increase the stress on the discs between your vertebrae

• Lead to inflammation, pain and possible early degeneration of your spine

Everybody associates the concept of fitness with something that you have to work at and maintain. Ever thought about your postural fitness? Here are the facts:

• 1 in 11 suffers from back pain, which accounts for 2 million Australians

• Back pain is the 3rd biggest cause of years lost due to disability

• 280,000 Australians are forced into early retirement due to back pain and arthritis 1

• Back pain costs Australian taxpayers $12 billion dollars

Postural fitness means optimal spinal health and alignment. It gives you greater strength, endurance, better coordination and balance. The biggest impact on postural fitness is sitting too long.

Sitting can:

• Increase the stress on the discs between your vertebrae

• Lead to inflammation, pain and possible early degeneration of your spine

• Cause the natural curves in your back to deteriorate

• Reduce the overall function and stability of your spine

Chiropractors are uniquely positioned to help assess your postural fitness and improve it. Here is some of the advice we offer people who would like to strengthen their posture and avoid damage:

• Think tall. Take that notch in the middle of your chest below your chin and lift it. It will draw your shoulders back and head up naturally

• Stand when on the phone for extended periods

• Take stretch breaks during long meetings and computer work

• Get moving! Join yoga, Pilates, or a gym to get your spine working better

If you think your workstation isn’t set up ideally, contact one of your local chiropractors to come in and do a workplace assessment. Our mission is to get you back to your best.

1. D Schofeild, Chair of Health Economics University of Sydn