Newswise — Arlington, Va. – During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and chiropractors nationwide will encourage the public to get “active and adaptive” to maintain their musculoskeletal health and function in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March, many people have incorporated changes into their daily routines to reduce their potential exposure to the novel coronavirus: avoiding crowded public spaces, working from home, forgoing air travel for long car trips, ordering food and supplies online, and avoiding gyms and health clubs. Because of this new normal, many are moving less and experiencing musculoskeletal pain.

Polls conducted by ACA confirm that chiropractors are seeing an increase in musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches since the beginning of the pandemic. When asked what they believe is contributing most to these conditions, ACA members cite lack of movement, stress and poor posture as key factors.

During NCHM, chiropractors will encourage the public to choose healthy ways to adapt to the new normal by moving more during the day, being aware of posture and ways to improve it, getting adequate rest, and managing stress naturally. Learn more by visiting Hands Down Better and follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #ActiveAdaptive.

“Inactivity has been a growing problem worldwide, even before the pandemic. While the coronavirus may limit our options, finding ways to incorporate more physical activity, as well as improved posture, throughout the day can benefit our health now and into the future,” said ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC.

National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) is a nationwide observance held each October. NCHM educates the public about the importance of musculoskeletal health and raises awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, patient-centered and drug-free approach to pain management, health and wellness. Learn more at Hands Down Better.

 

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About the American Chiropractic Association

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional chiropractic organization in the United States. ACA attracts the most principled and accomplished chiropractors, who understand that it takes more to be called an ACA chiropractor. We are leading our profession in the most constructive and far-reaching ways—by working hand in hand with other health care professionals, by lobbying for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, by supporting meaningful research and by using that research to inform our treatment practices. We also provide professional and educational opportunities for all our members and are committed to being a positive and unifying force for the practice of modern chiropractic. To learn more, visit www.acatoday.org, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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