[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage.  The country’s official language is Turkish. ] 70–75 percent of the population are ethnic #Turks; the largest minority are the Kurds at roughly 20%, with the remainder consisting of #Armenians, #Greeks, #Jews, #Circassians, #Arabs, #Albanians, #Bosniaks, #Georgians, and others.


Istanbul’s strategic position on the historic Silk Road, rail networks to Europe and the Middle East, and the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean have produced a cosmopolitan populace, although less so since the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Overlooked for the new capital during the interwar period, the city has since regained much of its prominence. The population of the city has increased tenfold since the 1950s, as migrants from across Anatolia have moved in and city limits have expanded to accommodate them. Arts, Music, Film and Cultural festivals were established at the end of the 20th century and continue to be hosted by the city today, and infrastructure improvements have produced a complex transportation network.

Approximately 12.56 million foreign visitors arrived in Istanbul in 2015, five years after it was named a European Capital of Culture, making the city the world’s fifth most popular tourist destination.


What is little known, however, is that many Turks suffer from #backpain and #neckpain.

Turks are not aware that studies say that 1/138 to 1/276 of Turkey’s 806 billion US dollars GDP is spent on spine related problems, costing $3 – $6 billion US dollars. Furthermore, the spine affects the physical, emotional and financial well-being of each of Turkey’s 78 million citizens.


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.


Turks are suffering. They want answers and strategies to stop this permanent suffering.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]