How You Can Have a Healthier Spine!
By Sara Butler
On an average day, how much time do you spend thinking about the health of your spine? If you said “none” you’re not alone. Unless you have an obvious problem it can be easy to overlook the health of your spine over the course of a normal day. But you don’t have to think about your spine every second in order to help keep it healthy, all you have to do is create some new habits and maybe break some old ones in the process! Here are a few ways you can ensure the health of your spine for life.
See a Chiropractor
If you’re not going to put a lot of thought into your spine’s health you should probably bring someone into your circle of trust who will make it a priority, and that someone is a chiropractor. They can check up on your spine’s health regularly and help to keep you on the straight and narrow -- literally!
Diet and Exercise
What you put into your body is pretty darn important, and making sure you have enough vitamins and nutrients to maintain your spinal health, as well as your overall health, is paramount. Eating healthy not only supplies all the nutrients your body needs, it also helps to keep you at a healthy weight. Carrying around extra pounds is difficult for your body, but especially your spine. Over time, your spine is bound to start showing the stress extra pounds put on it.
Exercise is also very important to keep your spine healthy. Make sure you work on strengthening your core muscles in order to lend some extra support to your spine. A strong core means a strong back – don’t forget that!
Stretching is another way you can look after your spine’s health. Chiropractic adjustments paired with stretching can help to keep your joints mobile and reduce your chance of injury.
You know that smoking is bad for you, but did you know it’s bad for you back? When you smoke you are robbing the discs between the bones of your spine from nutrients they need to stay spongy and do their job. Smokers often are more susceptible to back pain than their non-smoking cohorts for this very reason.
Not only is the amount of time you let your body rest important, but how you do it is as well. Sleeping on your stomach is really bad for your spine, so if you are a stomach sleeper you need to work on moving to your side or your back. Support your body with pillows in order to keep your spine in a neutral alignment so you won’t wake up in the morning feeling as if someone snuck into your room at night and beat you up while you were sleeping.
If you have any other questions about keeping your spine healthy, come into The Joint Chiropractic today!