As part of Spinal Health Week 2019 (20-26 May), Dr Sharon Wardle chiropractor from Sharon Wardle Chiropractor is encouraging Australians to take control of their health, regardless of age, by making chiropractic part of their spinal healthcare regime.
Australians aged 65 and over make up 15% of the population and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that this will increase to 22% by 2065, putting additional strain on the government to provide care for older Australians.
“3.7 million Australians reported back pain in 2015 alone. Back pain can have a damaging effect on a person’s quality of life by affecting their ability to participate at work, in social activities and sports,” said Dr Wardle.
For Spinal Health Week 2019, chiropractors are encouraging Australians to get Ready For Life by ensuring their posture is correct, they are living active lifestyles and seeking chiropractic care where necessary.
“One way to help you be Ready for Life and improve your spinal health is to get a check-up from your local ACA chiropractor. Chiropractors can also be seen as a preventative healthcare option by offering advice and assistance in making appropriate lifestyle choices and therefore reducing the risk of spinal health issues arising in the first place,” said Dr Wardle
Chiropractic care is not a one size fits all healthcare option. Chiropractors carefully assess each patient individually and tailor their care accordingly. By using a variety of non-surgical techniques, such as specific spinal adjustments, manual therapy and low-force intervention, chiropractors offer a drug-free, hands-on approach to spinal healthcare.
“It is important to take preventative measures when it comes to spinal health and if you are experiencing pain, it is not advisable to ignore this. Get advice from your local ACA chiropractor as early as possible,” explained Dr Wardle.
Spinal Health Week is a health initiative of the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA), the peak body representing chiropractors in Australia.
Good posture from the ground up
Chiropractors have always known poor posture depletes energy levels. But these days more attention is being paid to examining the way patients walk. This is the science of gait analysis.
What starts out as a foot issue such as collapsed arches can have an effect on other parts of the body. Knee, hip and spinal problems often occur. These of course need to be corrected by a chiropractor so that balance can be restored. However, the corrections made to these areas will not last very long if gait problems are not addressed.
Chiropractors can sometimes offer advice regarding gait problems but often work with a podiatrist as well. Occasionally gait can be assisted by a change as simple as wearing more supportive shoes or lower heels.