6 Simple Ways You Can Protect Your Spine
By Alexis Mills
While your body is made of individual parts that all work together to support each other, it's pretty amazing to think about how it all works. One very important part of our body is our spine because of its ability to contribute to our nervous system and create mobility throughout our body. When the spine isn't working properly, it can easily affect your quality of daily life.
Did you know that major spinal issues can begin as early as your late teens or early 20s? Luckily, there are fairly simple things and small changes we can all make to help our spine which is, quite literally, the backbone of our ability to function and move properly on a daily basis.
- Exercise your core - Your core needs to be strong in order to support your spine and take pressure off your lower back. Incorporating ab exercises into your routine will not only give you a flat, toned stomach but also give strength and support to your core and back.
- Correct posture - You can correct your posture through stretching your back and neck muscles. If you are unsure about what type of stretches to do, see see a chiropractor. You can also take the wall test by holding your body straight against the wall for a minute and repeating this frequently to help your body remember the position naturally.
- See your chiropractor - Chiropractors at The Joint specialize in natural healthcare for the spine and will be able to assist you with alignment and how you can regularly support your health by protecting your spine. Ask your chiropractor for their expertise on what stretches and exercises you can do on your own time to support your spine as well.
- Buy supportive shoes - Whether it's for exercise or moving around on a daily basis, your body needs a supportive base for the spine and body to be aligned.
- Limit sitting time - Sitting for long periods of time, especially while at a desk or at a computer, creates the tendency to lean forward and create bad posture. When picking out an office chair, make sure you are picking one that will support your back and encourage good posture.
- Invest in a mattress and pillows - Sleeping is when the body gets to rest, including the spine. Investing in a bed and pillows that will support your back will aid in restful sleep.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sacramento, Calif.