World Spine Day
World Spine Day is Monday, October 16th.
This year’s World Spine Day theme is: Move Your Spine
Believed to be the largest global public health event dedicated to promoting spinal health and well-being, World Spine Day is observed by health professionals and public organizations concerned with spine care throughout the world.
The theme emphasizes the diversity of spinal pain and disability as part of the global burden of disease and addresses the need for access to quality essential spinal health services worldwide. With an estimated 540 million people in the world suffering from low back pain at any one time, it remains the leading cause of years lived with disability.
This World Spine Day, we are calling on people to care for their spines by staying active. Evidence has shown that immobility and a lack of physical activity are contributors to spinal pain and disability. “Move Your Spine” encourages people of all ages, in all nations, to get active and support their spinal health through movement. Low back pain remains the leading cause of years lived with disability on the planet. Spina pain and disability are more prevalent than cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease combined.
"Move Your Spine” (#MoveYourSpine) will focus attention on the diverse nature of spinal pain and disability at home, in the workplace, in schools and in our communiteis while addressing movement across the life course. It will highlight ways in whih all people from all backgrounds can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading their spines, and adopting healthy habits such as weight loss and smoking essation. This is a great time to engage your team, your colleagues, your customers, and your community by encouraging daily movement in the workspace.
Check out our Living Well at Work Guide – Supporting Spine Health at Work – to learn more about how you can support ergonomic health in your workspace.