The Northern Territory news Thu 22 May 2014
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THURSDAY MAY 22 2014 SPINAL HEALTH WEEK 29 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA CAA NT president Dr Marc Cova is calling on Territorians to take better care of their backs during Spinal Health Week Fine line in keeping a back on right track AUSTRALIANS are living longer and we want to be healthy, active and capable of enjoying those extra years. Sadly, back pain is one of the top three causes of disability in Australia. Instead of enjoying retirement when you plan for it, back pain can force some people into early retirement, which could cause the loss of income and quality of their retirement years. Over a quarter of a million Australians are being forced into early retirement because of back pain or arthritic pain. Back pain is a common ailment for Territorians and one in 11 residents can be expected to have back problems this year. Seeing a chiropractor can help reduce your back pain and correct your posture, which may prevent you from retiring too early. Chiropractic care is an effective management of different types of back pain. The Live Better, Weve Got Your Back campaign launches Spinal Health Week (May 19-25, 2014), a national campaign by the Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAA), to draw attention to the size of the problem of back pain and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. CAA NT president Dr Marc Cova has called upon Territorians to take up the challenge of improving their lifestyle habits to better care for their backs. Improving our postural fitness, such as not sitting down for too long, sitting correctly, and using proper techniques when bending or lifting can help to avoid damage to your spine, he said. Proper posture keeps everything in its natural position which reduces wear and tear of joints and relieves stress, improves health and enhances your appearance. Putting up with back pain can lead to avoiding exercise and physical activity, and the effects can lead to mental health issues (including depression), and dissatisfaction in the workplace. Low self-esteem can affect the way we feel about our bodies, including the way we carry ourselves, Dr Cova said. Poor posture places strain on the spine, thereby leading to potential back pain and poor spinal health. Ways to improve your posture include: Try standing when youre on the phone for extended periods. During meetings take regular stretch breaks. While youre working at your computer take short breaks to stretch and stand. Check and adjust your position regularly. Take the stairs instead of the elevator where possible. Spinal Health Week is a great reminder to make an appointment with your local CAA chiropractor to assess your spinal health and discuss how a more active lifestyle will improve your overall wellbeing. Chiropractors are five-year university trained and can analyse posture and spinal problems. They can also provide expert care and exercise advice. Over two million Aussies have back problems each year. ALICE SPRINGS Robert DOMINGUEZ 4 Larapinta Dr 8952 3333 COCONUT GROVE Phil FLOWERS Christopher HART 91 Dickward Dr 8985 3144 DARWIN Brian GALLAGHER Cnr Knuckey & McMinn St 8981 9192 Greg GOGGIN 9/43 Cavenagh Street 8981 3594 FANNIE BAY Adriana ARANGO Marc COVA Chris BLACKMAN 5/5 Keith Lane 8941 4033 KATHERINE Jeremy PONT Shop 6 Pandanis Plaza 25 First St 8971 1711 NHULUNBUY Melinda BLACKNEY 11 Aisa Street, Nhulunbuy 0402 021 264 PARAP Duncan MUIR 6/53 Ross Smith Ave 8981 4773 DURACK Tom WINDSOR Shop 7/130 University Ave 8931 0011
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