Habits to Drop Now For Better Spine Health

By Stepy Kamei

Many experts within the realm of mainstream healthcare tend to agree that spinal health is notably worth protecting and looking out for, and that licensed doctors of chiropractic can help with achieving this health and wellness goal. Chiropractors have been saying for years that it's important to keep the spine in good working condition in order to improve the health and well-being of the rest of the body. This is because the spinal column has a large impact on the rest of the body, due to the fact that it houses and protects the body's central nervous system. For this reason, if the spinal column is out of alignment or in ill health, it can directly impact other areas of the body through a ripple effect. Dropping some negative health habits can be one of the most effective ways in which you improve your spinal health, not to mention your overall sense of well-being.  

Smoking

I'm sure you already know that smoking is not good for your health, but in case you need one more reason to start weaning yourself off nicotine, keep in mind that it can drastically increase levels of inflammation in the body, which can directly impact the spinal column's flexibility. Inflammation can cause painful swelling of the joints and muscles surrounding the spinal column, which can lead to feelings of pain, stuffness, and a loss of mobility. Smoking can also restrict blood flow throughout the body, which can make a person more susceptible to back pain, and also make it more difficult to recover from it. 

Eating Inflammatory Foods

To piggyback (pardon the pun) on the topic of inflammation, the foods you eat can also increase inflammation in the body -- or reduce it. Foods which are high in sugar, fat, and salt, such as processed foods and fast food, tend to create more inflammation in the body. Stick to a diet full of wholesome, organic ingredients, as well as minimally-processed and packaged foods, for a greater chance at reducing inflammation.  

Poor Sleeping Habits

The position you sleep in, the mattress and pillow you use, and even the environment you sleep in, can all positively or negatively impact your back health. Sleeping on your back has been known to add strain to the spinal column, which can cause chronic back pain. Try sleeping on your side, and consider adjusting the firmness of your pillow and mattress until you find a combo that leaves you feeling the most well-rested. 

Finally, be sure to see a chiropractor on a regular basis for the best back and spine wellness.

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