Only one-in-three describe their posture as being good
Only one-in-three Irish people describe their posture as good, a new survey has found.
The Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI) has launched Straighten Up Ireland week which will include world spine day next Friday.
CAI President, Dr Tammy Verlaan-Ross said that research shows that the function of your spine influences the way your brain communicates with your body.
"If your spine is not functioning properly, it makes it harder for your brain to accurately perceive what is going on in your body, which in turn impacts on how your brain controls your movements and even your ability to deal with daily activities. It can also present as fatigue, clumsiness and lead to accidents or the development of painful conditions," Dr Verlaan-Ross said.
"The spine is a vitally important part of our body. It provides structure, support, facilitates movement and has a direct impact on our health and well being," she said.
As part of its new campaign, the CAI is encouraging adults and children to commit to a three minute daily exercise programme, specifically designed to maintain a healthy spine.
The Straighten Up campaign originated from a chiropractic university in America.
A recent survey by the CAI looking at spinal health revealed that over half of those surveyed (57pc) were aware that spinal function affects brain function.
Meanwhile, participating CAI chiropractors throughout Ireland will be offering a spine and nervous system check for the Straighten Up Ireland and world spine day campaign. Visit www.chiropractic.ie for further details.