Tips for a Healthy Spine
By Sara Butler
Your spine does a miraculous job. It protects your central nervous system – arguably one of the most important systems of the body – and keeps you up and moving day in and day out. Because your spine is connected to the way all of your body systems work together through the nervous system, caring for it should be a priority in your life. Here are some ways you can ensure the health of your spine!
See Your Chiropractor
Regular chiropractic adjustments are an important part of spinal care. By removing any joint dysfunction and restriction, you’re reducing your chances of experiencing pain in the future and ensuring your central nervous system can communicate unimpeded with the rest of the systems in your body!
Get Good Sleep
A good night’s rest is essential to a healthy spine. Just as with any other part of your body, your spine needs the time to rest and rejuvenate at the end of each day. The only caveat is to make sure you’re sleeping in a way that promotes spinal health, which is on your back or side supported by extra pillows where needed. Sleeping on the stomach puts too much pressure on the lower back and neck. If you need help changing your sleep habits, discuss it with the chiropractors at The Joint!
Get Enough Water
Staying hydrated is important to the health of your spine as well as your overall health. Drinking enough water throughout your day helps to maintain the elasticity of the soft tissue that surrounds your joint and keeps the joints well lubricated.
Staying active helps maintain your spinal health and overall health. The best kind of exercise will combine strengthening, stretching, and some kind of aerobic activity to get your heart pumping. It can also help you to maintain a healthy weight, which is essential to a healthy spine and skeleton.
When you lift something, no matter how small, always use the muscles of your hips and legs – never your back. Always squat when bending to pick something up and carry it close to your body. If something is too heavy for you to lift alone, always ask for help!
A healthy spine also means a focus on your own health and wellness. If you need guidance, your chiropractor is always a great resource!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.