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Alberta's chiropractors remind Albertans to strengthen their posture and improve their spinal health

EDMONTON, Oct. 2, 2015 /CNW/ - Reach for better posture this October! In support of World Spine Day on October 16, Alberta's chiropractors encourage all Albertans to treat their spine to Straighten Up Alberta, a stretching program designed to improve posture and spinal health.

More than 80% of Albertans will experience back pain in their lifetime. Many back aches and injuries are the product of having poor posture while doing everyday activities, such as hunching over phones, lifting kids, slouching on the couch or carrying groceries. Workplace stresses such as sitting extensively or performing physical tasks can cause additional stresses.

"It's around this time every year that people start really feeling the effects of poor posture. Most people simply aren't as active after summer ends," says Edmonton-area chiropractor and ACAC President Dr. Chad Kulak. "Kids tend to be significantly impacted as well, as they're back at school, sitting at desks for long periods of time, carrying heavy backpacks and bending over homework. It's not good for the body – especially these young, growing bodies."

Straighten Up Alberta (SUA) is a public education program offered by Alberta's chiropractors, designed to increase self-awareness of posture and guide Albertans in strengthening their posture to improve spinal health. The SUA program is easy to perform, takes only minutes and can be easily incorporated into everyday life.

"Fitting in a few minutes of daily activity through a program like Straighten Up Alberta can go far to relieve everyday aches and pains. If done regularly, it also helps strengthen core muscles and posture, which has long-term health benefits such as stress reduction and improved energy levels," says Dr. Kulak.

Visit to find the program and more information. Please click here to download a World Spine Day/Straighten Up Alberta fact sheet and backgrounder.

The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors regulates the chiropractic profession in Alberta under the Health Professions Act. The ACAC is committed to protection of the public by ensuring accountability and improving Albertans' health and well-being.

SOURCE Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors

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For further information: Media contact: Brittany Ayotte, Coordinator, Public Relations, Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, P: 780-420-0932, C: 780-709-8025, E:

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