[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Russia is a federal semi-presidential republic. At 17,075,400 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. Russia is also the world’s ninth most populous country with nearly 144 million people in November 2014.

City of Moscow. Russia’s economy includes a complete range of mining and extractive industries producing coal, gas and chemicals.

Extending across the entirety of northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans nine time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both with Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the U.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait.
What is little known, however, is that many Russians suffer from #backpain and #neckpain.

Russians are not aware that studies say that 1/138 to 1/276 of Russia’s 2 trillion US dollars GDP is spent on spine related problems, costing $7.5 – $15 billion US dollars. Furthermore, the spine affects the physical, emotional and financial well-being of each of Russia’s 144 million citizens.

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A recent study by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and published in Lancet shows that in 1990 and in 2013, the world’s #1 source and burden of disability is low back pain, and the world’s #4 source and burden of disability is neck pain.

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Russians are suffering. They want answers and strategies to stop this suffering. Every year more and more Russian citizens get permanently stuck with #backpain, and #neckpain.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]