Habits of a Healthy Spine
By Sara Butler
Pain is often an indication that something isn’t working properly. If you apply that logic, then it would stand to reason that when everything is working as it should, then you should be pain-free – right? That’s not always the case. Often, pain is the last signal in a long line of signals that something is wrong. In order to keep your spine healthy and keep you from heading down the road that ends in pain, you should practice these four habits of a healthy spine.
In order for a spine to be healthy, good posture is essential. That doesn’t just mean sitting or standing up straight, but being conscious of your body position no matter what you’re doing – even sleeping! By being aware of how your body is positioned throughout the day, you can avoid posture pitfalls that eventually morph into bad posture habits. If you need more information about how to practice better posture, consult a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic!
Make Time for Exercise
A spine that is happy and healthy needs regular exercise in order to function at its best. The best way to exercise your spine is to use the muscles in your core and back. This will strengthen them and help to support the spine. It also takes your body through various ranges of motion in order to keep the spine flexible, which is a huge component of spinal health.
Proper nutrients are essential to a healthy spine. A balanced diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein will set you up to fit into your clothes better and have a healthier spine. That’s because aside from providing the essential nutrients your body needs to function at its best, maintaining a healthy weight also takes pressure off your spine in order for it to stay healthy.
Getting enough sleep each night may not be on your radar in order to keep your spine healthy but it should be a priority. That’s because getting enough sleep at night helps your entire body, spine included, to work at its best. Your body needs rest and relaxation to rejuvenate at the end of each day. Make sure your spine is well supported at night by having a good mattress and using pillows to support your hips and upper body, if needed.
If your spine could use a little love, don’t forget that regular chiropractic adjustments are also a great way to keep your spine functioning at its best. Come into The Joint today!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Woodbury, Minn.