Chiropractic Tips for Spine Health
By Sara Butler
Back pain is a common experience and chiropractors are on the front lines of the battle against it. But you don’t have to become a back pain statistic. There are steps that can be taken to help prevent back pain now and in the future, helping you to stay healthy and active. Here are some of the best tips to keep your spine healthy from the chiropractors at The Joint!
Don’t Do the Twist (When You Lift)
It doesn’t matter what the weight of the thing you’re lifting is – twisting should never be a part of it. Actually, twisting is never a recommended activity when you’re trying to keep the spine healthy. But when you’re lifting something, twisting becomes even more unsafe for the spine.
It’s always important to remember that things that are too heavy shouldn’t be lifted without help. If there’s something large that needs to be moved, try to push it instead of lifting.
Practice Proper Posture When Standing
When proper posture is practiced, stress and strain are taken off the lower back. That’s why keeping the spine in a neutral position during everyday activities is a must, including when you’re standing. When you are standing, you should:
- Keep your knees slightly bent
- Place one foot just slightly in front of the other
- Keep your shoulders and arms relaxed
It’s also important to keep from bending at the waist for long periods of time since it can lead to back pain through the pressure placed on the back muscles and the lower back.
Practice Proper Posture When Sitting
Think about how much time you spend sitting during the day and you’ll begin to understand how important proper posture during this activity can be! Prevent future pain and keep your spine healthy by:
- Making sure your knees are slightly higher than your hips
- Your feet are flat on the floor
- Your shoulders aren’t slouched
- Your back is straight
The goal should be to maintain as natural and neutral a spine as possible when sitting, so make sure a supportive and quality chair is a part of the equation!
No matter what needs to be picked up, you should kneel instead of bending at the waist. The best way to do this is do kneel on one knee while keeping the other foot flat on the floor. If this maneuver is too difficult, you can bend your legs to squat down – just remember never to bend over at the waist!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor in Northbrook at The Joint Chiropractic.