Straighten Up South Africa (SUSA)

Straighten Up South Africa (SUSA) is a free community service initiative endorsed and offered by Chiropractic Association of South Africa (CASA). It is an exercise program that promotes improved spinal health, good posture, self-esteem, a vibrant quality of life as well as assisting with correct structural development.

Included in the SUSA program are spinal screenings. These are generally performed by the interns of the Durban University of Technology (DUT)/University of Johannesburg (UJ) Chiropractic Departments, under the supervision of qualified CASA chiropractors.

Many people work and play in cramped, awkward and slouched postures. The resulting pandemic of work and recreations related chronic spinal disorders compromise the quality of life. This program is beneficial in the training of correct postural habits and the exercises can be helpful in the facilitation of postural improvement.

SUSA’s Objectives:

To detect, through spinal screenings, any spinal abnormalities such as:

  • Scoliosis (side to side curves of the spine); and
  • Kyphosis (abnormal backward curve of the spine)

The above-mentioned conditions can lead to severe disabilities later in life if they are not detected and treated in its early stage. This will reduce the quality of life of the involved individual.

Spinal screenings are a quick and easy way to detect these abnormal spinal curves.

CASA offers this educational program to schools, organisations and large corporates. Should you wish to take advantage of this community service initiative, please contact us.

World Spine Day (WSD)

World Spine Day (WSD), held annually on the 16th October, is an initiative by the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) that aims to highlight and raise awareness around spinal health issues and disabilities associated with spinal injuries.

With an estimated one billion people worldwide suffering from back pain, it affects all age groups, from children to the elderly. It is the biggest single cause of disability on the planet, with one in four adults estimated to suffer from back pain during their lives.

Populations in under-serviced parts of the world often have no access to conventional healthcare resources to care for spinal pain and disability. Often relying on traditional healers, even those who are seen in hospital are often only given anti-inflammatory medication.

Dedicated spinal health professionals do not exist in many parts of the world, so education and self-help is key. Even in high-income countries, back pain afflicts many millions of people, resulting in an enormous impact on industry and the economy.

WSD Objectives:

  • To raise awareness around spinal health and spine disorders to individuals, communities, professionals and all stakeholders associated with spine care;
  • To provide a forum for ongoing discussion around the burden of spinal disorders and the sharing of best practices; and
  • To promote an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to easing the burden of spinal disorders.

The theme for WSD 2018 was #LoveYourSpine – a global initiative aimed at highlighting the importance of spinal health and wellbeing.

Find out more about WSD by clicking here.