Posture makes a difference

EVERY year two million Australians are affected by back pain.

Chiropractors such as local Sol MacKenzie of MacKenzie Chiropractic are asking Australians to focus on posture during national Spinal Health Week, May 20-26 as a way to improve their health and wellbeing.

This year's theme is Let's Get Back to our Best by putting the focus on improving posture.

Mr MacKenzie said chiropractors used to focus on more technical aspects of healing but were now looking at the importance of diet, exercise and posture to improve health.

Many people with office jobs could spend eight hours a day sitting, which created a set posture, he said.

This can lead to problems with blood oxygenation.

People with back pain report 2.5 times more disorders, including headaches, hypertension, depression, stress, hormonal imbalances, aches and pains, asthma, ear infections and more.

A chiropractor searches for problems at the root of poor posture by analysing spinal curvatures, movement and alignment.

"It's just a matter of balance, and a balanced life," Mr MacKenzie said.

For an assessment by Mr MacKenzie, phone 0439 364 320.

Put your back into it: Chiropractor Sol MacKenzie encourages people to learn about the effects of poor posture during Spinal Health Week.

Put your back into it: Chiropractor Sol MacKenzie encourages people to learn about the effects of poor posture during Spinal Health Week.