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Public Health Initiatives

Public Health initiatives recommended by the ECU are:


EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load

The ECU is delighted to have been accepted as an official partner for the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load campaign, which is focussed on work related musculoskeletal disorders. EU-OSHA is the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

The campaign is organised into several priority areas, with special communication and promotion packs being made available throughout. Materials include reports, infographics, infosheets and case studies.

You can find out more at


Straighten UP

Straighten Up is a public health campaign to improve posture in adults and children. Consisting of a set of simple exercises and taking just minutes to complete, Straighten Up helps to improve posture, stabilise core muscle groups, enhance health and prevent spinal disability. It is easy and fun and can be undertaken as regular daily exercise.

A study undertaken by the British Chiropractic Association reported over 80% improvement in the posture of participants, ranging in age from teens to those in their eighties. After adopting the daily routine over a 5 week period, 78% of respondents reported that they had strengthened their core muscles; 80% reported that they were sitting and standing more upright and that their backs felt more comfortable. To find out how you can Straighten Up see this video produced by the British Chiropractic Association.


GLA:D Back

GLA:D® Back – Assisting clinicians in providing evidence based care for persistent back pain.

GLA:D® Back aims to implement evidence-based care for persistent and recurrent back pain in clinical practice. It was initiated in Denmark in 2017 and has since been adopted by almost 200 physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics. The intervention is based on a cognitive-behavioural approach and consists of group-based patient education and supervised exercises. There is a strong emphasis on integrating the educational elements with exercises, and clinicians as well as patients highlight the importance of the educational elements when describing what is achieved by GLA:D® Back.

GLA:D® Back provides a unique option for investigating outcomes of primary care since data registration by clinicians and patients is a mandatory element and data is now available for >3000 patients. The feasibility of running the program in Canada and Australia is being tested and initiatives in Norway and Switzerland are planned. Read about the principles and content of GLA:D® Back here. Links to publications and more information on GLA:D® International (for knee, hip, back) and GLA:D® Back is available from: and



CPiRLS – The Chiropractic Patient Incident Reporting and Learning System – is an online reporting and learning forum that enables chiropractors to share and comment on patient safety incidents.

The essential details of submitted reports are published on this website for all chiropractors to view and add comments. A CPiRLS team identifies trends among submitted reports in order to provide feedback for the profession. Sharing information in this way helps to ensure the whole profession learns from the collective experience in the interests of patients.

To see the following presentation detailing 10 years of CPiRLS: 10 years CPiRLS.


Care Response

Care Response is a free e-PROM system for the chiropractic profession. Have a look at the following article from a 2017 edition of the ECU’s BACKspace magazine: