The fact chiropractor Saxon Selvey has to pull up people hunching over phones in his own waiting room shows the challenge in raising awareness about spine health.
Sunday is World Spine Day – one in six Australians had chronic back problems in 2014, according to a recent report by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare.
Dr Selvey runs Healthy Living Family Chiropractic and regularly treats patients already in pain, outlining the need for prevention.
“Posture is a huge one where we’re forever re-teaching people how to stand, sit at their work station, bend and sleep,” he said.
“Studies are showing that bad posture means your more likely to have pain, headaches and even have a shorter lifespan with pressure on your heart and lungs.”
Dr Selvey said good spine health could do wonders.
“Think phone to face, not face to phone – put a cushion under your hands while your holding your phone so you’re sitting upright,” he said.
“People find they’ve got more energy, asthmatics find they can breathe better – some people even have improved digestion.”