Chiropractic Association Of South Africa
Chiropractic is a health profession specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.
More people may be living longer, but they're not enjoying it, particularly when it comes to musculoskeletal health, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study.1 The largest analysis of global disability data to date, GBD 2013 reveals that "the burden of musculoskeletal disorders [is] much larger than previously appreciated," accounting for nearly 21 percent of global years lived with disability as of 2013.
With so many people sitting in front of a computer all day long, plus time sitting while driving, and excessive time watching TV, learning how to sit properly and take 'microbreaks' to avoid muscular imbalances is vitally important.
As adults, we get used to a variety of daily or near-daily aches and pains, particularly as we age. But what about our children? Don't they seem immune to many, if not all, of the pain complaints we have – despite the fact that for the most part, they're exponentially more active? Maybe not. A study of schoolchildren ages 12-15 revealed a startling statistic: More than half (57 percent) reported experiencing back pain in the past year. As you might expect, "remaining seated at school" was a primary pain trigger, particularly for back pain lasting up to seven days.
Parents exert tremendous influence over how their children learn, of course, and it applies to eating habits, according to a recent study that examined how the introduction and frequency of fruit and vegetable intake during infancy was associated with intake of the same important foods at age 6.
Heard a good joke lately? If you haven't, you're missing out on a good laugh – and the wellness benefits humour appears to provide. According to a recent study, a good dose of humour beneficially impacts memory and stress, two variables that are particularly important as we age.