Top Tips for Spinal Health
By Sara Butler
There’s no time like the present to start making your spinal health a priority. Even if you regularly visit your chiropractor at The Joint, there are still things you can do outside your visits to help encourage and improve spinal health. Here are some easy tips you can incorporate into your routine to help keep your spine healthy!
Think About Your Posture
You spend a lot of time throughout the day standing, walking and sitting – and you may not always be doing these activities with good posture. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to stand up or sit down without slouching. If you need more detailed ways to help improve your posture in your daily activities, your chiropractor is an excellent resource!
Get Some Regular Exercise
If you want to keep your spine healthy then it’s really important for you to exercise. People are becoming increasingly sedentary in their lives, which puts them at risk for more back, shoulder, neck, and arm pain than ever before. If you can work exercise into your day then you may help to avoid painful conditions in the future that result from not moving enough.
You don’t have to start training for a marathon to get more exercise, it’s easy to make small changes and incorporate more movement into your day. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator, get up from your desk at work every half hour or so to do some stretches, walk or bike to work instead of driving, or join a sports league to exercise with friends. There are many ways you can get more movement in your day.
Take Frequent Breaks
If you spend a lot of time in front of your computer or on your smartphone, you should remember to take a lot of breaks. Using these devices can put a lot of stress and strain on your neck and back. If you’ve heard the term “text neck,” this is exactly what it’s referring to – injuries caused by too much screen time. If you have chronic headaches, shoulder pain, neck pain, or upper back pain, then you may be suffering from text neck and should discuss it with your chiropractor.
You may be surprised how small changes in your routine can make a big difference in your spinal health as well as your overall health. If you need more suggestions or guidance, you should discuss it with your chiropractor during your next visit to The Joint Chiropractic.