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Each year World Spine Day is observed on October 16th to encourage spinal health by disseminating information on good spinal health habits.

2017 theme: 'Your Back in Action'

People from around the world join together on world Spine Day to raise awareness about spinal disorders as part of the Bone and Joint Decade's Action Week.

This year the theme was ‘Your Back in Action’, emphasising the importance of healthy spinal posture and activity which promotes body awareness and minimises the day-to-day wear and tear on the spine.

Millions of people worldwide suffer from spinal disorders which include low back pain, scoliosis and disc disease, to name a few. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that 1 in 6 Australians are suffering from back problems, and that these often lead to poorer quality of life, psychological distress and disability.

World Spine Day is a great opportunity to shine light on spinal disorders and encourage people to take steps to better health. Improving your posture and exercising regularly can help improve and maintain spinal health.

CAA has developed the Straighten Up (Australia) app to help people improve their posture and enhance their spinal health.  Set reminders to receive notifications about sitting right, stretching, taking breaks, drinking water and improving your posture. The Straighten Up app also includes an exercise program designed to improve spinal health, stabilise core muscle groups and enhance health.

You can download the app from Apple App Store or Google Play.