Free community event for Spinal Health Week

Spinal Health Week 2015 runs from Monday, May 25 to Sunday, May 31 and this year’s theme is ‘get your happy back’.

“Every day, more and more Australians experience disabling low back pain, neck pain and headaches, limiting their ability to work and engage in an active healthy life,” said chiropractor Dr Jorge Chavez, from Erina’s Chavez Health Centre.

One explanation for this is the negative impact an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has on postural fitness, Dr Chavez said.

“Think about all the hours you spend each day sitting at work or school, commuting, on your computer or other mobile device and watching television.

“Poor posture increases pressure on your spine which can cause lower back pain, neck pain, headaches and fatigue,” he said.

According to Dr Chavez, chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between body structure (primarily the spine and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how this relationship can restore and maintain health.

Chiropractic care is an increasingly common and effective treatment for back pain, neck pain and headaches eliminating the need for drugs or surgery, he said.

This means chiropractic care can also be very cost effective in comparison to other types of treatment.

According to Dr Shannon Casinto from the centre, “helping patients make positive changes with respect to nutrition, exercise and wellness is also fundamental to maintaining normal spinal function.

“Adopting healthy habits today, such as improving postural fitness, can significantly reduce the risk of injury or pain in later years, positively impacting on our self-esteem, social relationships and mental health.”

During Spinal Health Week, The Chavez Health Centre is running a free community event on Monday, June 1 at their Erina centre.

The event will include discussions about the importance of posture, ergonomics, exercise and nutrition, including a free spinal check for all attendees.

Media release, 14 May
Dr Jorge Chavez, Chavez