How to Improve Your Spine Health
By Sara Butler
Many people are aware of the importance of the health of their heart, their eyes, their lungs, and even their bones – but what about the health of the spine? Can you say that the health of your spine is a priority in your life? Well, a healthy spine leads to a healthy central nervous system, and a healthy central nervous system is the key to overall health and wellness. You may see your chiropractor regularly to help you achieve a healthy spine, but there are a few things you should be doing on your own to promote spinal health. Here are some behaviors you can change today that will make your back healthier!
Be on Posture Patrol
You have probably heard about the importance of good posture since you were a wee one, and the reason you’ve heard so much about it is because of how incredibly important it is. Your posture when you stand, walk, sit, and even sleep at night all contributes to your overall health. If you’re not practicing good posture, then you risk limiting your mobility, fatiguing your muscles, and placing unnecessary stress and strain on your joints - and that can lead to accelerated wear and tear. You can try to focus on your posture more by reminding yourself about it during the day. Write a note or set an alarm on your phone to regularly remind yourself that you need to practice better posture!
Water is incredibly important to your overall health. Everything in your body requires water to function properly, including your spine. In fact, the discs between the bones in your spine need water in order to provide cushioning, proper support, and keep it working as it should. So – drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water every single day!
Sitting all day is not good for your overall health or the health of your spine. You should get up to move around at least once an hour throughout the day, and endeavor to get more physical activity every day too. Go for a 30-minute walk before dinner or join the gym and take a group exercise class. Any movement you can work into your day can help.
If you need more ideas for keeping your spine healthy, you should ask your chiropractor!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.