Please sit up just a little straighter as you read this.
If you do, you’ll be paying attention to your posture and creating some self-awareness of a big cause of pain for a lot of people.
October 16th is World Spine Day. This year’s theme is “Straighten Up & Move.”
The idea is to draw attention to the need for proper posture and movement in order to maintain good spinal health.
Spinal disorders such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease can have a major impact on a person’s overall health. It not only affects work and play, but can even rob you of a good night’s rest.
Poor posture and inactivity can lead to back pain and other spinal trouble.
Avoiding those problems begins with regular exercise and doing an activity that involves a lot of spine movement.
Be sure to pay attention to ergonomics where you work. Think good quality chairs with spine support and a desk set at the right height for your computer screen.
Regular breaks and improvements in your diet are helpful as well. The Mayo Clinic Staff has additional suggestions on how you might reduce your risk of spinal cord injury.