The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (C.A.A.) 2012 Annual Spinal Health Week Topic is:
SITTING IS A SIGNIFICANT HEALTH RISK
and the Sit Right campaign launches on Spinal Health Week (21-27 May).
Dr. Warren Dick of the High Road Chiropractic Centre, is supportive of the CAA’s Sit Right campaign, which is a national initiative designed to prompt Australians to prioritize their spinal health and take note of the dangers of the simple act of sitting wrong or for too long.
Local residents are being warned to get off their backsides or risk long term spinal damage and developing chronic diseases.
That’s the message from the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) who is urging residents to Sit Right this Spinal Health Week (21-27 May).
Dr. Warren Dick confirms that prolonged sitting can have dire health consequences as our bodies are designed for movement, not a sedentary lifestyle.
Australians are spending more time than ever sitting which is placing unnecessary strain on their spines. For optimum spinal health, we need to spend less time in our chairs.
Many people are also sitting incorrectly so it’s important they look at the CAA’s Sit Right checklist to ensure they maintain better posture and reduce the incidence of back pain and muscle tension.
Tips from the checklist include:
- Keep your hips, elbows and knees at open angles (slightly more than 90 degrees)
- Recline slightly to ease lower back pressure
- Ensure your feet are flat on the floor or on a foot rest
- Factor in short, regular breaks from sitting to stretch, stand, change or correct your posture or walk around the office.
For Spinal Health Week, the CAA has also launched a free Sit Right widget, which can be downloaded (see below) to help prompt you to take regular breaks.
Spinal Health Week is a great reminder to make an appointment with your local chiropractor to assess your spinal health and discuss how a more active lifestyle will improve your overall wellbeing.
Chiropractors, who are five years university trained, are experts at analysing posture and spinal problems and can provide expert care, lifestyle and exercise advice.