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Straighten Up Canada App

How many hours a day do you spend sitting? Reading, using computers, driving, watching TV —all that sitting adds up and can cause back and neck pain, especially if you have poor posture. Did you know that lower back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions account for one third of missed work in Canada?

It’s time to Straighten Up Canada and improve your spinal health!

Image of the Straighten Up App on a mobile phone.

Canada’s chiropractors have developed an app for that. Straighten Up Canada is a free, easy-to-perform posture program that you can use for just three minutes a day. It’s the only free Canadian app specifically designed and completely dedicated to improving posture and spinal health.

The Straighten Up Canada program can be practised almost anywhere and is a great warm up, cool down, stand-alone routine or ergonomic break.

Watch the Straighten Up Canada exercise videos online

The development of this app has been supported by the CCA and all provincial associations including: Council of the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors, Association des chiropratician du Quebec, Chiropractor’s Association of Saskatchewan, Chiropractic Manitoba, Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors, Newfoundland and Labrador Chiropractic Association, Ontario Chiropractic Association, Prince Edward Island Chiropractic Association, New Brunswick Chiropractors Association.

Good posture will help you to:

  • Look and feel even better than you already do,
  • Prevent back aches and muscle pains,
  • Decrease wear and tear on your joints,
  • Use less energy for daily tasks, and
  • Increase your spine’s flexibility and resilience.

Straighten Up Canada app features:

  • 12 unique posture exercises
  • Adult and youth exercise options
  • Easy to follow Image stills and video content
  • Tracking function
    • Set personal reminders
    • Track your progress
  • Share your posture exercise progress with friends through social media
  • Learn about your back and common back-related problems
  • Find a chiropractor in your area quickly and easily
  • Read the latest blog posts on musculoskeletal health

Straighten Up Canada Support FAQ

What is the Straighten Up Canada mobile app?

The Straighten Up Canada app has been specifically designed to improve posture and spinal health. The app provides users with 12 short exercise videos as well as a tracking feature to monitor progress that can be shared through social media. It also offers a Find a Chiropractor search function to locate chiropractors within proximity to your desired location.

How do I download it?

The Straighten Up Canada app is available for the iOS and Android based devices. The app can be downloaded free of charge by visiting the Apple App Store on your iOS device and/or Google Play Store on the Android device.

How much does the Straighten Up Canada app cost?

The app is free.

How long do these exercises take to perform?

The benefit of this app is that with some practice these easy-to-perform stretching movements only take three minutes each day.

Is this app actually proven to improve posture?

The Straighten Up program was first launched in the U.S. in 2005. A study in the U.S. found that people who practised the Straighten Up exercises daily for five consecutive weeks experienced improved posture, stronger core muscles, and felt more comfortable.

How can I monitor my progress?

You can monitor your progress by using the Track functionality. The Track page shows a calendar interface. You can log your posture workout everyday by tapping on the date and then clicking “Log and Exit”. If you forget to log your workout for any day, you can go back to that date and log your workout. Once you log your workout, you can monitor your progress in the graph that shows just below the calendar interface.

How do I use the Find a Chiropractor search function?

It’s simple — all you need to do is use your current location to find a chiropractor nearby, or enter the postal code of your desired location. You can also search by First Name, Last Name, City or Province.

Why can’t I find the chiropractor’s information that came up when I previously used the Find a Chiropractor function?

The app randomly generates a list of chiropractors within the vicinity of your search parameters. The results may vary with each search.

Is the app available in any other language than English?

Yes, the app is currently available in English and French.

Why doesn’t the app work on my iOS device?

There could be a number of reasons why your app may not work on your iOS device. The app currently supports devices running iOS 7.0 or above. If your device is on an older version of the iOS, it may not run properly.

How do I report a technical problem with my app?

You can report any technical problems directly using the Report Problems and mailing it to info@chiropractic.ca. While mailing the issues, please also include the device name, iOS on the device and the actions you performed.

Who can I contact if I have a question or recommendation about the app?

You can email all questions or recommendations to info@chiropractic.ca.

How is my posture affected by daily activities?

Poor posture is caused by:

  • Long periods of inactivity
  • Being hunched over desks, computers and handheld electronic devices
  • Jobs that require repetitive, physically taxing activities, including a lot of bending forward and lifting

Who is affected by poor posture?

Poor posture can negatively impact anyone, young and old.

What are the benefits of stronger posture and improved spinal health?

There are a number of benefits from maintaining good posture:

  • Keeps bones and joints in alignment so muscles can be used more efficiently
  • Allows body to use less energy for daily tasks
  • Helps decrease wear on joints that could otherwise result in arthritis
  • Decreases stress on ligaments that hold the joints of the spine together
  • Helps prevent back ache and muscular pain
  • Increases flexibility and stress tolerance of the spine
  • Makes you look great!