The American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
and chiropractors nationwide are promoting the benefits of movement to overall
health as well as the prevention of back pain during National Chiropractic
Health Month (NCHM) in October. This year’s theme, “Move 4 Life,” encourages
people to move more now so they will be able to move better later and avoid
chronic and painful conditions associated with sedentary lifestyles.
For information on the benefits of movement
and tips on how to stay active and prevent injury, visit www.acatoday.org/NCHM
and follow ACA on Facebook
--look for the hashtag
#Move4Life. (Those who would like to help promote NCHM can also find a campaign
with information and resources to share on social media and in their
Research shows there is a worldwide pandemic
of increasing inactivity. In the U.S., only about half of all adults get the
recommended amount of physical activity, putting them at greater risk of
cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes as well as falls and low back pain.
“The bones, muscles and joints that make up
our body’s musculoskeletal system require regular movement to stay healthy and
function properly. As we age, we are more at risk of developing low back pain
and joint problems if we do not get enough physical activity,” said ACA
President N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC. “With their non-drug approach, chiropractors
help people move better by relieving back and joint pain and improving joint
ACA offers additional information on how to
get and stay moving:
Doctors of chiropractic practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to
health care and pain relief that includes patient examination, diagnosis and
treatment. In addition to their expertise in spinal manipulation, chiropractors
have broad diagnostic skills and are trained to recommend therapeutic and
rehabilitative exercises, and to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle
counseling. For more information, visit www.acatoday.org/patients.
- Good nutrition, ergonomic workspaces and
proper lifting and movement techniques can go a long way in helping people to
strengthen their spines and avoid disabling injuries and chronic back pain,
which often prevent regular physical activity.
- Consider weight-bearing exercises, such as walking,
which help maintain bone density over a lifetime and keep our skeletal bones
healthy and strong.
- When busy schedules are the obstacle, a
re-examination of personal priorities is sometimes necessary to restore balance
in life; make time for healthy habits such as physical activity.
Back pain is one of the most common conditions
for which prescription opioids are prescribed. It was once believed that pain
medication and bed rest were the best course of action for low back pain, but
research today supports first trying non-drug options for pain management, while
remaining as active as possible, before moving on to other options.