How to Improve Your Back Health
By Sara Butler
One of the primary goals of the chiropractors at The Joint is to assist patients in having the best musculoskeletal health possible. But the reality is that chiropractors can only do so much during your regular adjustments. The rest of the time it’s up to you to make lifestyle changes that help to keep your body and your back healthy. There are a few behaviors chiropractors think patients should avoid in order to improve the health of their back. Here are a few of them.
Your mom and grandmother may have nagged you growing up about sitting up straight, but they did it because they were concerned about your health! The truth of the matter is when you walk sit, or stand with poor posture you’re making your muscles tired since they must work overtime to keep you up straight. You are also limiting the mobility of the joints and discs in your back, which can cause them to become restricted over time. Try to make it a habit to sit up properly by setting a reminder on your phone or putting a sticky note someplace you’re sure to see. If you need help understanding proper posture, then discuss it with your chiropractor!
It’s fairly common knowledge that drinking enough water each day is essential to a healthy body, but it’s important for a healthy back too! The spinal discs in your back are made up mostly of water, which helps them to do their job of cushioning your spine properly. Not getting enough water restricts the function of your spinal discs and can cause back pain and injury. So drink up!
If you spend a lot of time sitting, then you need to make an effort to get your body moving. You don’t have to go out and run a marathon, but you should try to get 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. That can mean going for a walk or taking a swim -- it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you move.
Ask for Help
It may feel easier to do things on your own, but it’s a whole lot healthier for your back if you ask for help! If you are lifting something too awkward or heavy, then ask for assistance so you don’t injure your back. Let go of your ego and ask for another set of hands!
Caring for your spine is important. Let the chiropractors at The Joint help you in your pursuit of a healthy back and lifestyle!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.