Support Your Back Every Day
By Sara Butler
Back pain can happen to anyone at any time -- and you do not want to be a part of the statistic when it comes to back pain, especially chronic back pain. That's why it's important to care for your back before you start having problems and definitely care for it if you do. Here are some simple times from the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic to help you support your back each day.
Sit With Your Spine in Mind
Sitting for too long can cause some serious problems with your back that can lead to pain. That's because sitting places a lot of stress and strain on the spinal discs between the vertebrae in your spine as well as the muscles that support the back. Plus, sitting with poor posture can overstretch ligaments that support the spine, placing even more pressure on those spinal discs -- which can lead to a slipped or ruptured disc that can be quite painful.
To help support your back while you sit, you should:
- Make sure your chair is adjusted so that your knees are at a 90-degree angle
- Make sure the backrest of your chair supports your lumbar spine in your lower back and if it doesn't roll up a towel or place a small pillow there for support
- Make sure your computer screen is at eye level or just below it
Also, make sure to get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour. That will help to take some of the pressure off and break you out of sitting in a posture for too long.
You don't have to complete an Iron Man to benefit your spinal health. You can simply try to incorporate some low-impact exercise into your life most days of the week. Low-impact exercises are gentle on your joints and spine as it works to strengthen muscles that help to support a healthy spine. In fact, exercising for 20 minutes most days of the week can help to reduce incidences of back pain, increase your functionality, and reduce stress on your lower back. Plus, the endorphins released during exercise are great natural pain killers.
Not sure what low-impact exercise to try? You can go for a walk, use an elliptical, swim, or bike -- just to name a few.
If you're struggling with back pain, then come to The Joint Chiropractic today.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.