‘A recent survey reflected that almost 20% of the children population in Hong Kong suffers from various body ache. In fact, a healthy kid should not experience body ache, hence the public should pay close attention to this evidently serious issue,’ said Dr. Eric Chu, the Chairperson of Chiropractic Doctors’ Association of Hong Kong (CDAHK). In conjunction with World Spine Day 2015, CDAHK and Children Charity Foundation (CCF) have jointly organized ‘Let Me Check’ at Central Park on 10th October 2015. It primarily aims to raise public awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy spinal as well as to demonstrate the correct way to prevent spinal injuries. To show support in preventing the worsening spinal health phenomenon of our future pillars, Cityu Apps Lab (CAL) also pledges to devote into this event.
The commencement of the event was honored and attended by CDAHK Chairperson Dr. Eric Chu DC, CCF Chairperson Mr. Yu, CAL Director Dr. Ray Cheung, and famous celebrities as children ambassadors including Rosanne Wong, Don Li and Eddie Pang. This event successfully attracted more than 100 kids who were eager to gain valuable advice on how to protect their backbones as well as to ensure a right sitting or standing posture. Many professionals, passionate and dedicated chiropractic doctors turned up to support this event by providing free spinal check service to the public. They also offered special tips on how to avoid spinal injuries. On top of this, the highlight of this event was the stretching exercise sessions led by fellow doctors and children representatives. Participants were impressed and inspired when they came to realize that through simple exercises, they could effectively improve their spinal health conditions.
Starting from 2014, CAL and CDAHK collaborated to develop the Posture Check App, which is now available in both IOS and Android version for free. ‘Through the app, we collected and analyzed a total of 370 users’ results. It shows that half of the children respondents suffer from spinal health problem. 63% of them experienced Thoracic Disc Herniation symptom, 60% and 50% of them experienced leg and neck problems respectively,’ said Dr. Rick Lau, one of the CDAHK committee members. ‘After taking the side view and front view of one’s full-body shot, the app renders an initial posture screen analysis and evaluate findings for any postural faults. The users could then share the result to the chiropractic doctors or friends and families by just one click,’ said Mr. Van Ting, the CAL Associate Director.
“As prevention is better than cure, we hope to fully utilize this app to arouse public’s concern on spinal health issue so that postural faults can be detected before they go viral,” said Rayne, the developer of Posture Check App from CAL. He also expressed his gratitude of having the chance to work on this meaningful project.
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