Back and neck pain are considered to be one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.
In the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study, neck pain ranked fourth highest in terms of disability and 21st in terms of overall burden. Not surprisingly, neck pain (cervicalgia) was among the top five most common hospitalizations for back problems in 2017-18.
During Spinal Health Week, May 23-29, the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) is raising awareness of the causes and side effects of neck pain with the 2022 theme, Sore Throat? Consider a Chiro.
“Research shows that neck pain is a leading cause of disability in adults (reported by up to 20 percent of adults), with many coming for assessment,” said an ACA spokesman.
“This clearly demonstrates the need to educate Australians about their choices for treating neck pain and to consider chiropractic care as an appropriate healthcare option.
“Establishing positive habits for spine health, including good posture, sleep hygiene, and participating in regular stretching and exercise programs, are important factors in preventing neck pain.
“Chiropractors can offer counseling and support to help you make appropriate lifestyle choices and reduce the risk of spinal health problems arising in the first place.”
Chiropractors are seeing an increasing number of patients with so-called “tech neck” or neck pain and postural disorders caused by prolonged staring at equipment.
Avid gamer James Brody, 17, had constant neck and back pain and decided to make an appointment with a chiropractor.
“I wasn’t aware of how bad my posture was while I was playing,” he said.
“My chiropractor gave me spinal adjustments, rest and correct posture tips, and stretches to do at home and it really helped.”
Through the use of various non-surgical techniques such as Using techniques such as specific spinal adjustments, manual therapy, and low-impact procedures, chiropractors offer a drug-free, hands-on approach to spinal health care.
Find a chiropractor in your area by visiting chiro.org.au.