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Taking Care of Your Spine With Healthy Habits

By Donna Stark

We take our cars in for maintenance checks, we buy warranties for our homes, and we make sure to read the care labels on our clothing, but when it comes to the health of our spines, there seems to be a huge disconnect when it comes to preventative care. As Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," and when it comes to your spine, a little preventative care now is a lot better than looking for that elusive cure after an injury, don't you think? You do it for your car. You even do it for that overpriced tee shirt. So why not take preventive measures for your back as well and come on in to The Joint Chiropractic today?

Establishing Healthier Behaviors and Habits

Regardless of what we do, there are times in our lives when we become a bit sloppy with our actions. It's not as if we do that intentionally, it's just that we don't always pay attention to what we are doing. But unlike cars, homes, and clothing which can all be replaced, you are stuck with your spine. And since you can't replace your spine with a new one, don't you think you should probably take better care of it? Perhaps, if we all took Benjamin Franklin's advice to heart, there would be fewer missed workdays and less pain to deal with. Here are some great suggestions on how to keep your spine healthy for as long as you can.  

  • Follow proper lifting techniques - Avoid bending over and lifting only with your back. Instead, bend at the knees and use the strength in your legs to help.
  • Improve your sleep - Invest in a supportive mattress and try to avoid sleeping on your stomach as much as you can. Also, don't forget the value of a great set of pillows!
  • Exercise daily - Regular exercise can help strengthen the core muscles used to support the spine, improve the function of your muscles and joints, and reduce the risk of injury. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise every day is all that you need.
  • See your local chiropractor - Routine chiropractic care is the top choice for those looking to improve and maintain the health of their spine. Your local chiropractor will place the spine in its proper alignment and remove any joint dysfunctions and nerve interference that could potentially set you up for future injury.  

Choosing an Ounce Over a Pound

Don't leave it up to chance and risk disaster. Stay a step ahead of those injuries that love to disrupt our lives by establishing healthy behaviors and receiving routine chiropractic care at The Joint Chiropractic. With more than 475 locations nationwide and daily hours, you will find that it's easy to get the help you need and that there really is no reason to ignore Franklin's advice!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo.

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