Tips to Keep Your Spinal Discs Healthy
By Sara Butler
Your body is an awesome machine. It has so many moving parts, each with its own job, that work perfectly in unison together. Well, they work together most of the time, anyway.
The spine has 24 bones, which are known as vertebrae. Between each of these is a disc that helps your spinal bones to move and absorb shock. Every time you swivel or tilt your torso, you should thank those little spinal discs for making it possible.
When something goes wrong with these discs, it can cause major issues with your spine and impact your quality of life. That's why it's important to make sure you do what you can to ensure your spinal discs stay healthy. Here are a few tips from the chiropractors at The Joint to help.
Problems With Spinal Discs
There are many issues that can occur with your spinal discs, especially as you grow older and the discs become stiff and less hydrated.
You have to think of a spinal disc like a jelly donut. It has a tougher exterior with a squishy inside. If that tough exterior cracks or splits open, then you can run into problems such as disc bulges or even herniation. Degenerative disc disease is also something that can occur as you get older, which can cause compression of the spinal nerves and lead to severe pain.
Some of the symptoms that you may have a problem with your spinal discs include:
- Weakness in the arms or legs
- Pain that shoots down an arm or a leg
- Tingling, numbness, or burning in the arm or leg
It's crucial to be aware of the health of your spinal discs and take action to ensure they're healthy.
Tips for Healthy Spinal Discs
The good news for you is that your spine, and your body as a whole, are very resilient. In conjunction with care from the chiropractor, you can ensure that your spinal discs stay healthy and functional for a long time.
There are things you can do to ensure your spinal discs stay healthy, such as:
- Making sure to stretch before and after exercise
- Working to strengthen the muscles in your core
- Changing your position at least every half hour when sitting
- See the chiropractor regularly
- Drink enough water each day
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise frequently
- Sleep on a mattress that properly supports your spine
Take care of your spinal discs and they'll take care of you!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.