Why is it so important for Parker University to recognize annual occasions like World Spine Day and National Chiropractic Health Month? For one, National Chiropractic Health Month aims to promote non-drug practices for pain, which is vitally important in today’s world of opioid addiction. Raising public awareness of this growing problem improves access to non-drug pain relief options like chiropractic and helps fight against prescription drug abuse and overuse. In addition, each year, World Spine Day highlights the burden of spinal pain and disability worldwide. World Spine Day also brings attention to a global commitment to tackling spinal pain and disability by governments, communities, and public health groups.
Parker University Recognizes World Spine Day
October 16, 2023, will officially mark this year’s annual World Spine Day, promoting the campaign for people to care for their spines by staying active! This year’s theme is “Move Your Spine!” With health professionals, exercise and rehabilitation experts, public health advocates, schoolchildren, and patients participating, World Spine Day is celebrated on every continent.
World Spine Day is part of the Global Alliance of Musculoskeletal Health’s Bone and Joint Decade Action Week. Organized by the World Federation of Chiropractic, World Spine Day has more than 800 official organizational supporters worldwide. Evidence has shown that immobility and a lack of physical activity contribute to spinal pain and disability, so “Move Your Spine” encourages people worldwide to support spinal health through movement.
“Move Your Spine” focuses on various types of spinal pain and disability at home, in the workplace, schools, and our communities. It will highlight how people from all backgrounds can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, and adopting healthy habits like weight loss and smoking cessation.
Did You Know?
- One billion people suffer from spinal pain, with 540 million people facing issues with their spine at any one time.
- Lower back pain is the leading cause of years lived with disability … on the entire planet.
- Spinal pain and disability are more prevalent than cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease combined.
Low and middle-income countries often have limited access to healthcare resources or spinal health professionals. Supporting these populations and communities in self-managing spinal conditions is essential. Back pain afflicts millions of people, impacting industry and the economy.
An estimated one billion people worldwide suffer from spinal pain. It affects people across the life course and is the most significant single cause of disability. Effective management and prevention are vital, and this year’s World Spine Day will encourage people to be kind to their spines. 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.
Populations in underserved 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, so helping people to self-manage their conditions is very important. Even in high-income countries, back pain afflicts millions of people, resulting in an enormous impact on industry and the economy.
Ready to get involved, move your spine, and learn more about this vital health initiative? Visit worldspineday.org for all this year’s World Spine Day information!
Parker University Recognizes National Chiropractic Health Month
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and DCs nationwide will celebrate National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2023 this October! This year’s theme is “Chiropractic: Relieve, Restore, Resume.” The campaign is designed to bring attention to the impact of chronic pain and the importance of non-drug approaches like chiropractic services for effective pain management. NCHM is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps to raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, evidence-based, patient-centered, and drug-free approach to health and wellness.
Did You Know?
- One in five adults in the U.S. experiences chronic pain.
- New chronic pain cases occur more frequently than new cases of conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Musculoskeletal conditions are the most common causes of chronic pain, leading to lost productivity, disability, mental health problems, and opioid addiction.
During NCHM 2023, chiropractors raise extra awareness of chronic pain and chiropractic’s evidence-based, patient-centered, non-drug approach, encouraging chiropractic care to relieve pain, restore function, and resume memorable activities that matter most.
A variety of resources and participation ideas are available at acatoday.org/NCHM! Click here to view ACA’s consumer information website if you are looking for additional information about chiropractic or a local DC.
Utilizing Professional Chiropractic Associations
Parker University is involved with each of these notable associations with goals and objectives designed to promote and grow the chiropractic industry and its impactful reach. Educating the public about valuable resources and taking care of their health is the mission of each of these groups.
Click on any of the following professional chiropractic organizations to learn more about their mission, resources, educational materials, and outreach to communities.
- American Chiropractic Association (ACA) – The ACA is the largest professional chiropractic organization in the U.S. It attracts the most principled and accomplished chiropractors who understand it takes more to be called an ACA chiropractor. The ACA leads the chiropractic industry constructively by working with other healthcare professionals, lobbying for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, supporting meaningful research, and using that research to inform treatment practices.
It provides professional and educational opportunities for members and is committed to being a positive force for modern chiropractic.
Check out ACA’s blog by clicking here!
- World Federation of Chiropractic – The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) is a global not-for-profit organization that supports, empowers, promotes, and advances chiropractors and the profession. National association members representmore than 90 countries in seven world regions. As an NGO of the World Health Organization, WFC supports public health initiatives and advancing spinal health and well-being through educational activities.
The WFC wants to support chiropractors in helping patients live happier, healthier, and more active lives.
- Texas Chiropractic Association – The Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) supports, protects, and advances DCs in Texas. TCA serves through the spirit of dedication and commitment by expanding public access to chiropractic care. The TCA advocates for the citizens of Texas to have their choice of health care and for DCs to have suitable representation in decision-making agencies of government.
Check out the TCA blog here!
Parker University Promotes All Chiropractic Schools Leading the Way to the Future
There are a variety of prestigious schools to attend to obtain your DC degree. An innovative and thorough education prepares students to enter the chiropractic profession with integrity, knowledge, and experience. The opportunities to conduct research, pioneer new techniques, and develop practices make the proper education of vital importance.
Click on any school below to learn more about specific DC programs accepting students.
- Parker University – 10–trimester DC degree programs have rigorous, comprehensive curriculums. Parker offers a traditional DC track and the Hybrid DC track. Its integrated clinical experience and emphasis on research provide a competitive education, setting up students as industry leaders. Parker University, the fourth-fastest growing college in Texas and the fastest-growing college in Dallas, was founded in 1982 by Dr. James William Parker. Today, Parker University has more than 2,100 students and more than 35 academic programs. Parker University’s chiropractic cohort is the second largest of any campus in the world.
- Palmer College of Chiropractic – Palmer is known as the first chiropractic college in the world. At Palmer College, hands-on technique is complemented by hands-on state-of-the-art chiropractic learning technology.
- Logan University – Logan graduates employ a holistic approach to health and wellness to meet the demand for less-invasive, lower-cost treatments, and comprehensive care. Through an innovative, outcome-based academic curriculum emphasizing evidence-informed care, diverse clinical immersion opportunities, emerging technology, and proven practices, graduates are trained, confident, and prepared for the future.
- Life University – Life University’s DC degree is a 14-quarter program that typically takes four years to complete. The curriculum structure is logical and sequential, combining hands-on training and academic rigor. This develops students into highly skilled chiropractic healthcare clinicians.
Don’t Let the Exciting Momentum Stop Here
Countless recommended reading lists and online platforms provide reliable and innovative information regarding all things chiropractic. From books and journals to blogs and online classes, there is always an opportunity to learn and grow!
Check out some of these reliable publications and news sources!
Parker University Encourages You to Get Out and Make a Difference
Now, it’s time to take matters into your own hands! You can easily take active steps towards maintaining your spinal health and understanding the actual value of drug-free chiropractic care.
Your participation in these annual causes can help bring awareness to both vitally important causes. How can you help? Share the blog, explore available resources, and spread awareness about spinal health and National Chiropractic Health Month!