BACK YOUR INNER ATHLETE focusses on how one can perform and live better by backing their inner athlete through good spinal function, reducing pain, improving posture and taking care of one's health.
Our sedentary lifestyles are catcvhing up with us and it's time to make a change.
You don't need to be a sporting professional to achieve peak performance. You can perform and live better through reducing pain, maintaining good spinal function and living a healthy lifestyle.
The Chiropractors' Association of Australia encourages you to Back Your Inner Athlete by making sure you have the three P's of chiropractic care tended to:
- REDUCE PAIN by helping de-stress your spine
- IMPROVE POSTURE by educating you on correct posture
- ACTIVATE PERFORMANCE by placing importance on good spinal health and function, alleviating pain, improving posture and mobility, and living a healthy lifestyle, to assist with improving performance in life.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 'globally, around 31% of adults aged 15 and over were insufficiently active in 2008 (men 28% and women 34%). Approximately 3.2 million deaths each year are attributable to insufficient physical activity'.1
Back pain can result from injury, spinal abnormalities, degenerative conditions and even poor posture – all of which can prevent you from backing your inner athlete.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Back pain is the third most common reason for taking time off work.3
- Work-related activities, including lifting heavy weights, bending and twisting and even working in the same position for extended periods can contribute to lower back problems.4
- Parents of young children are at risk of back problems due to lifting and twisting while carrying children.
- Children are not immune to back problems.
- DIY and gardening can have an impact by placing stress on the back.
- In older people, postural issues can effect everyday activities.
- Chronic back pain can lead to a range of health issues including reduced mobility, quality of life, longevity and depression.
- Neck pain is the second most common reason patients seek chiropractic care and is a leading cause of disability. Neck pain can be caused by degenerative conditions, poor posture, stress, poor hydration and bad sleeping conditions.
FINDING A SOLUTION TO BACK YOUR INNER ATHLETE
Due to the nature of the pain and its causes, a holistic approach is needed in most cases to re-educate and adjust the body to reignite that inner athlete. Chiropractors are trained and knowledgeable professionals who use skill - not force or strength - to conduct adjustments that address the cause instead of simply treating a symptom. Chiropractic care is individually based: discuss your specific needs with your chiropractor.
Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Your posture directly affects your health.
Correcting bad posture does take discipline, but there’s no doubt the benefits are well worth the effort.
The first step is understanding the bad posture habits our lifestyle may expose us to and then taking steps to address them.
Poor posture may cause headaches, soreness, back pain, fatigue, respiratory issues, poor digestion and tension by putting pressure on your spine. In many cases, this can be prevented with the correct education, adjustment and awareness of the issue. While it may take some diligence to undo bad habits, it’s worth persevering.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Have an ergonomic assessment. If you have a desk job, this is essential in helping to maintain your spinal health.
- Be mindful of how you perform everyday tasks – from picking up the kids to gardening, don’t put undue stress on the neck and back.
- Move regularly. Walking is a great start.
- Visit your local CAA chiropractor. These professionals are educated to assist your management of back and neck issues.
- Download the ‘Back Your Inner Athlete’ augmented reality CAA Back App from the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
By placing importance on good spinal health and function, alleviating pain, improving posture and mobility, and living a healthy lifestyle, one can improve performance in life.
Back Your Inner Athlete by building core muscles to help support your spine, which provides stability and protection. A good place to start is simply walking regularly to boost mood, alertness and energy levels. It's easy, accessible and free!
You can integrate walking into your lifestyle by planning ahead, setting goals, using a pedometer, tracking 'everyday' activity, engaging your friends and rewarding yourself when you reach your goals.
To help make walking easier, the Chiropractors' Association of Australia developed the Just Start Walking mobile app which can be downloaded here.
An active spine is a healthy spine, and a healthy spine leads to a healthier life.