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Tomorrow, 16th October is Worldwide Spine Awareness Day. World Spine 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 all taking part, World Spine Day is celebrated on every continent.

World Spine Day highlights the importance of spinal health and well being. Promotion of physical activity, good posture, responsible lifting and healthy working conditions will all feature as people are encouraged to look after their spines and stay active.

World Spine Day 2020 will focus on getting people BACK ON TRACK to revitalize their spines and restore spinal health and well being. This campaign will be the spinal public health event of 2020. World’s Spine Day vision is a world of healthier spines – help us to get the world get BACK ON TRACK!

An estimated one billion people worldwide suffer with spinal pain. It affects people across the life course 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.

Populations in under-served parts of the world often have no access to conventional healthcare resources to care for spinal pain and disability. Dedicated spinal health professionals do not exist in many parts of the world, helping people to self-manage their conditions is important. Even in high-income countries, back pain afflicts many millions of people, resulting in an enormous impact on industry and the economy.

Organized by the World Federation of Chiropractic, World Spine Day has over 600 official organizational supporters worldwide. More information about how to get involved is available at www.worldspineday.org  on Twitter and Facebook.

Simply registering your support via the organisations page helps them to spread the word and help them keep you in touch with the latest events occurring worldwide.

Since 2012, the World Federation of Chiropractic has been coordinating World Spine Day in collaboration with organizations around the world. This October 16, 2020 will mark the ninth official World Spine Day. They are calling on people and organizations around the world to join together to raise awareness around the prevention and effective management of spinal conditions.

World Spine Day has become a focus in raising awareness of back pain and other spinal issues. With health professionals, exercise and rehabilitation experts, public health advocates, schoolchildren and patients all taking part, #BackOnTrack will be celebrated on every continent.

The aims of WSD:
  1. To raise awareness about spinal health and spine disorders among individuals, communities, professionals and all stakeholders associated with spine care;
  2. To provide a forum for ongoing discussion about the burden of spinal disorders and the sharing of best practices; and
  3. To promote an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to easing the burden of spinal disorders.
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I am sure most of us think of magnesium being something for your bones but it can also help with a number of other conditions from sleep problems to your mood.

1.I take magnesium in tablet form for my osteopenia as it can help to boost bone density, which is important in preventing osteoporosis and help make our bones less susceptible to fractures.

2. Chronic fatigue, or just generally feeling tired from lack of sleep can affect many of us (me included). But, according to Avogel UK, magnesium is also known to impact cellular and tissue integrity, and may even influence sleep.

Avogel UK explain that magnesium is required for the production and stability of something called the ATP molecule, which provides energy for basic bodily processes. These processes range from making enzymes to processing and transporting nutrients.

Another key role of magnesium is to convert the glucose in food into energy. Therefore, getting enough magnesium can help keep energy levels stable and prevent the onset of tiredness.

3. If your feeling a bit low then magnesium can boost your mood. Natural Health Magazine say that very stressed-out people often have low levels of magnesium. ” This mineral contributes to everyday psychological and nervous system function, which is beneficial in periods of stress and depression”, says nutritionist Shana Wilkinson. A study done in the journal Nutrients showed that supplementation can even relieve symptoms of both mild-to-moderate anxiety and depression. So it’s something worth considering with our lifestyle problems at the moment.

4. If like me, as the seasons are changing, you are feeling more achy then normal then magnesium can also help with this. Avogel UK say that 90% of the body’s magnesium is also found in the muscles and bones so, if levels get low, magnesium is pulled from these areas. This has a noticeable effect, often leading to muscle cramps and twitches. This discomfort is likely to keep you awake at night and may make you tired come morning.

Some of the best food sources of magnesium include spinach, kale and avocado, nuts, seeds, fish and wholegrains. You can also buy magnesium flakes to soak in your bath. These magnesium bath flakes from Better You Magnesium Flakes sometimes called magnesium bath salts, are a highly concentrated form of magnesium supplementation, designed to be added to a bath or footbath.

Soaking in a magnesium-rich bath helps promote relaxation and soothe tired and aching muscles. Allowing full body exposure to a concentrated solution of magnesium chloride. A gentle and effective method of supplementation.

The magnesium used within Magnesium Flakes has been naturally purified over 250 million years to guarantee it is free from man-made pollutants and heavy metals, at only £3.95

5. Magnesium is also good for your heart. It provides the heart with energy and helps it to pump efficiently. According to Health Line, like all muscles in your body, your heart muscle relies on interactions with calcium and magnesium in order to contract and relax.

Calcium stimulates the muscle fibers of the myocardium to shorten and contract, while magnesium has the opposite effect. Magnesium blocks calcium, allowing the muscle fibers to relax. In this way, magnesium is involved in the intricate biological process that creates your heartbeat.

Magnesium also plays a key role in the sodium potassium pump, an enzyme involved in generating electrical impulses. These electrical impulses are an important component of how your cardiovascular system functions.

6. For people suffering from Asthma, magnesium sulphate is even given in A&E as a treatment for a sever attack says Natural Health Magazine. Medical News explain that magnesium sulfate is a bronchodilator. It relaxes the bronchial muscles and expands the airways, allowing more air to flow in and out of the lungs. This can relieve symptoms of asthma, such as shortness of breath. Doctors mainly use magnesium sulphate to treat people who are having severe asthma flare-ups.

7. Magnesium can also help with your digestion. If you are low in magnesium it can cause constipation. According to Natural Vitality you may not realize it, but at least 70% of your immune system can be found in your gut, where beneficial bacteria work to maintain a balanced environment and keep your body healthy from the inside out. If that balance is upset, it can affect the health of your entire body, which is why maintaining good digestive function should be an integral part of your daily health routine.

During digestion, three primary digestive enzymes turn food into nutrients that can be absorbed and assimilated by the body. Magnesium plays a role in numerous enzymes systems throughout the body. A few of these processes include energy production from protein, carbohydrate, and fat metabolism.

8. It can relieve symptoms of PMS and a great way to help get some magnesium down you when you are suffering from PMS is a touch of chocolate. Dark chocolate has a chunk of magnesium in it with just 28g of chocolate containing 64g magnesium so go and treat yourself as it’s good for your health. It also acts as a diuretic to help with swollen breasts and abdomen. Dark chocolate is also known to contain mood boosting omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that contains less sugar and no milk.

As with all my posts that include any form of medication or supplement. Please remember I am not qualified in medicine. I write what I read and see in newspapers and magazines and ALWAYS advice that you just check with your GP first before taking any extra medication or supplement.

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As an avid lover of reflexology and pressure points I found this great infographic to share with you to keep in your iPad or phone to just remind you which pressure points to work on for specific conditions.