World Spine Day has been organised by the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) since 2008. The federation is an international consulting body which represents chiropractic to the international health care community. World Spine Day has become a way to focus raising awareness of back pain and other spinal issues by bringing together health professionals, exercise and rehabilitation experts, public health advocates, schoolchildren and patients.
In 2021 the theme for World Spine Day is Back2Back. The day focuses on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading their spines and adopting healthy habits such as weight loss and smoking cessation. And there will be special attention for spinal pain and disability at home, in the workplace, in schools and in communities.
World Spine Day is the largest global public health event dedicated to promoting spinal health and wellbeing. The day highlights the burden of spinal pain and disability around the world. With health professionals, exercise and rehabilitation experts, public health advocates, schoolchildren and patients working together, standing back2back, the day is celebrated around the world.
An estimated one billion people worldwide suffer with spinal pain. It affects people of all ages and backgrounds, and is the biggest single cause of disability on the planet. Effective management and prevention is therefore key and this year’s World Spine Day will be encouraging people to take steps to be kind to their spines.
World Spine Day highlights the importance of spinal health and well-being. For example, the day will include the promotion of physical activity, good posture, responsible lifting and healthy working conditions as people are encouraged to look after their spines and stay active.
Though we use our spine all day, we often don’t know a lot about it or have forgotten what we learned in school. Here are some fun and amazing facts about the human spine.