Tips to Keep Your Spine Healthy
By Sara Butler
As you go through the normal motions of your day, you probably don't give a lot of thought to your spine -- but you should. Spinal health is incredibly important to your overall health and wellness. That's why the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have come up with a few things you can incorporate into your day that can help improve the health of your spine. Try adding a few of these suggestions to help reduce your chances of experiencing back pain.
Each morning you should go through a simple stretching routine when you get out of bed. It can be something simple such as pulling your knees to your chest while you're still laying down, then doing a few bends at the waist when you get up. Stretching is essential to help you stay flexible. And the more flexible you are, the more it supports a proper range of motion in your joints and proper joint function as you move through your day.
The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic see a lot of patients with back pain who have hurt their backs due to improper lifting techniques. Remember that you should never bend at the waist to pick something up. Instead, squat down and use the power of your hips and legs to lift -- never your back. If you're carrying something, keep it close to your body and pivot with your feet to turn. You should never twist when carrying something either. Also, if something is too heavy to lift on your own, then there's no shame in asking for help. It could be the difference between a painful injury to your back and good spinal health!
Move Your Body
You don't have to train for a marathon to be active, you simply need to make sure you're moving your body each day to keep your spine healthy. Try to incorporate a walk into your daily routine. You can also make small adjustments to help you get in more steps, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator when possible and parking in the farthest spot from the door when you're out and about.
Keep an Eye on Posture
Think about your posture, especially when seated. Both of your feet should be flat on the floor and your knees should be level with your hips. If you work at a computer, talk to your chiropractor about how to set up your workspace to be more ergonomically correct.
If you need more help learning how to keep your spine healthy, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Marietta, Ga.