Healthy Ways To Take Care of Your Spine
The spine is one of those overlooked areas of the body that we often ignore. As long as we do not feel pain, we assume everything is OK. And even when we do feel a twinge, we tend to just hope it will go away.
But the American Chiropractic Association recommends you readjust your attitude and acknowledge just how vital your spinal health is to you and the life you lead. That way you can take steps to take care of it before it becomes a painful focus.
The ACA says 80 to 90 percent of people will suffer from spinal pain at some point. If they are overweight, smoke or lift heavy objects without using precautions, the likelihood of spinal pain is much greater.
ACS Spinal Health Guidelines
When lifting avoid twisting. If the item is too heavy push it rather than pull it. Use legs, not the back or upper body, to push an item. If an item is too heavy arrange for another way to move it.
When reaching for something above shoulder level use a stool. When bending avoid bending from the waist. To pick things up kneel on one knee as close as possible to the item, keeping the other foot flat on the floor.
When sleeping use a pillow between your knees to take pressure off of your spine. Make sure your mattress gives medium firm full support and never sleep in a position that causes your spine to hurt. When using pillows choose moderate support and never sleep with your head and neck propped up at an angle.
Quit smoking. The chemicals in tobacco smoke restrict the flow of blood to the tissues in and around the spine.
Visiting the Chiropractor
A visit to the chiropractor starts with a spinal manipulation to evaluate spinal health and pain. Then a complete medical history and discussion follows as the chiropractor seeks to find solutions for pain and ways to regain activities without using medications or surgery.
As treatment progresses, the chiropractor will advise staying active, avoiding bed rest and doing warm up exercises before gardening or walking. There will also be recommendations to use proper posture, and avoid slouching on the couch or over computer screens. Overall, the chiropractor can serve as an excellent wellness coach steering the way through activities, diets and exercises that will keep the spine healthy. That in turn helps patients hang onto their lifestyle and enjoy it.
Make an appointment now and find out more.