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Keep Your Back Strong and Healthy

By Paul Rothbart

No part of your body is more important than your back. It supports the limbs and head and is your foundation. The spine contains the spinal cord which sends messages back and forth from the brain to all the parts of the body. A back that is not strong and healthy makes it hard to walk, run, carry things, and perform many tasks. Even sitting and standing can become problematic after long periods. There is no question that taking care of your back is vital to a healthy and happy life. Here are some tips to keep your back in top shape.

Lift Properly

Even if you don't work a physical labor job, you have to do some lifting from time to time. Carrying groceries, bringing a package into your home, or moving furniture for cleaning can place stress on your back. Proper lifting procedures can help avoid damage and pain. Always lift with your legs, keeping your back straight. The muscles of the lower body are the strongest and should bear the load. Get a secure grip on the object and keep it close to your body. Never twist or bend with a heavy load. Turn your entire body using your legs to position the object. For really heavy loads, get help. A team lift is better than being a hero and injuring your back.

Get Exercise

The muscles of your back and the spine itself will respond to exercise. You don't have to lift super heavy weights. Light weight training can be very effective as can walking, running, or swimming. You can play your favorite sport. Kayaking and rowing, even on a machine, work the muscles of the back effectively. The idea is to be active on a regular basis. Stretch before and after a workout and include the muscles of the back. This will keep the muscles limber and strong, helping to prevent injury and pain.

Chiropractic Care

When it comes to taking care of your back, chiropractic care can be very helpful. A chiropractor can find and adjust any subluxations or other problems in your spine before they become serious. Regular visits can help prevent these issues from occurring. A chiropractor can also provide helpful tips on exercise, stretches, and other ways to care for your back between visits. Chiropractic care also can treat the neck and joints. Stronger joints can carry their share of the load, placing less stress on the back. Many people also find that they sleep and manage stress better. This can be beneficial to the entire body including the back.

Neglecting or abusing your back can have serious consequences. Your back is the support for virtually every activity. Care for it with proper lifting techniques and exercise. Consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment and regular chiropractic care may make a big difference to the strength and health of your back.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Charlotte, N.C.

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