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How Does Spine Health Affect the Rest of Your Body?

By Stepy Kamei

The spinal column is one of the most important features of the body, yet many people are still unsure about its functions, not to mention how to keep it healthy and strong. It's important to know that the spinal column serves two important purposes within the body: It keeps a person balanced and upright, and it also houses and protects the central nervous system. When the spinal column is in good health, this makes it easier for the entire body to be in its best health as well. Unfortunately, another important thing to understand about the spinal column is that it is sensitive and can very easily be susecptible to injuries and strains. An affected spinal column can, and often does, impact many other areas of the body as well, even in seemingly unrelated ways. Be sure to make spinal health an important aspect of your wellness routine and you'll more than likely notice a great benefit to your overall sense of well-being.

Spinal Health Dos and Dont's

If you're someone who takes your health and wellness somewhat seriously (and if you're reading this article, you probably are), it won't be too hard to incorporate the healthy habits needed for optimal spine health. 

First, stay active throughout the day. You don't want to overwork the muscles in your back because this can create strains and even joint restrictions. However, what many people don't realize is that staying still or sedentary can be just as harmful to the spine as too much movement. The body, and the spine in particular, thrives on fluidity and stretching. It can be challenging to incorporate movement into your daily routine, especially if you work at a desk or any sort of sedentary setting. Try setting alarms to go off every hour as a reminder to stand up and stretch or take a quick walk around the office. 

It's also important to stay hydrated and eat a well-balanced and nutritious diet. A dehydrated body is more vulnerable to strains and fatigue, so be sure to keep a bottle of water with you everywhere you go -- in your car, your purse, and/or your desk. As for your meals, try to avoid foods which lead to inflammation and disrupt the posture of the spine. Foods high in sugar, fat, and salt content tend to cause inflammation.

Follow these simple health tips, and be sure to consult with a chiropractor on a regular basis in order to live your healthiest lifestyle.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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