Every year on October 16th people from around the world join together on World Spine Day to raise awareness about spinal disorders. This is part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week.
Millions of people in all continents of the world suffer with spinal disorders. These can include low back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease, to name but a few. Spinal pain and disability can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, sometimes preventing them from working or even doing simple daily activities.
Research has demonstrated that poor posture and inactivity are major contributors to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders. According to the World Health Organization, one in four adults is not active enough and over 80% of adolescent population is not active enough.
The World Spine Day (WSD) theme for 2016 is “Straighten Up and Move”. We want to highlight the importance of physical activity and improving posture as part of good spinal health and prevention of injury.
Global Events and #MyBackStory Campaign
To mark World Spine Day 2016, organisations and people worldwide are being encouraged to plan special events around the theme of “Straighten up and Move” to raise awareness of good spinal health. Check out our resources page and past events to inspire you and help get you started!
Simply registering your support via the organisations page helps us to spread the word and help us keep you in touch with the latest events occuring worldwide!
We also want to hear your stories of how you keep your spines healthy my submitting your very own #MyBackStory. Submit a short tweet/story or take a photo demonstrating how you or your organisation are promoting spinal health and physical activity and share it with us via social media using #worldspineday, #mybackstory.