Selkäliitto, The Finnish Spinal Health Association, is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) established in 1988. It is a nationwide health organisation. The Finnish Spinal Health Association encourages people to take care of their spine. Back pain is a major health issue. About 80 per cent of adults will suffer back pain at some point in their lives, back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.
Goals and activities
The Finnish Spinal Health Association aims to prevent spinal diseases, promote spine health and issues important to people suffering from spinal disorders. The activities include providing information and advice to all people affected by back pain as well as third-sector activities to its member associations (support, training and communications services).
Selkäkanava.fi: Online service that contains evidence based information about spine health and tips for self-care
Hyvä Selkä: Magazine for better spine health for members (membership benefit), distributed also to health care institutions and medical clinics
Guides: Guides and handbooks for back and neck care
Campaigns: World Spine Day and Selkäviikko (National Back Week) in October
Values and funding
The values of The Finnish Spinal Health Association are positive support, strong communality and responsible expertise.
The activities of The Finnish Spinal Health Association are funded by The Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA) from the gaming revenue of Veikkaus Oy. Otherwise, we finance our operations through membership fees and other fund-raising income. We accept donations and wills.
The Finnish Spinal Health Association has 32 member associations around Finland with some 9 500 members. The local associations offer back-friendly exercise groups, recreational activities and peer groups to support and ease the everyday life of people with back problems.
Contact details and member fees of the local associations (in Finnish)
Become a member (in Finnish)
Membership benefits (in Finnish)