How to Achieve a Healthier Spine
By Sara Butler
Be honest, how often do you think about the health of your spine over the course of the day? It's OK, for many people the answer is a big fat zero. As long as you can move through your day and do all the things you need to do, there doesn't seem to be much reason to think about your spine.
The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to reconsider how often you think of the health of your spine. According to the American Chiropractic Association, you have an 80 percent chance of experiencing back pain at some point in your life. Don't become a part of that grim statistic by doing little things each day to improve the health of your spine. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
See the Chiropractor
Regular visits to the chiropractor are one of the most proactive things you can do for the health of your spine. By identifying and removing joint dysfunctions and restrictions before they lead to pain and discomfort, you're taking a big step toward a healthier spine. Chiropractic adjustments help your spine to work optimally, heading off potential problems at the pass.
Diet and Exercise
You are what you eat, which means you should eat in a way to support a healthy body and spine. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fat to help you maintain an ideal weight. Maintaining a healthy weight keeps extra stress and strain off your joints and your spine, which will help you to keep your spine healthy as you get older.
You should also exercise. This helps with maintaining a healthy weight as well as with building strong muscles in your abdomen and back to help support your spine. A regular stretching routine will help your body and spine to stay flexible and help you avoid injury, too.
You know smoking is bad for your lungs, but most people don't know it's bad for their spine too. Smoking restricts blood flow to every part of your body, which delays the healing process and can make back pain or discomfort worse. Talk to your chiropractor about what you can do to quit smoking.
If you want more tips to help you keep your spine healthy, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.