4 Ways You Can Improve Spinal Health
By Debra Rodzinak
Let’s face facts. Most of us don’t take very good care of our spines. Poor posture, lack of exercise, and extra pounds add up over the years and put the spine at risk for pain and serious complications.
Try these different ways to treat your spine to prevent future injury and alleviate pain.
Take a Walk
Walking every day helps to strengthen the core muscles that act as a corset around the midsection. Walking also increases flexibility and helps the bones of the spine to become stronger and able to support the weight of the body.
If you are currently suffering with back pain, be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. If possible, begin with a few short walks daily, then build up to longer walks. Every step helps.
Eating a healthy diet not only reduces excess weight, but the more fruits and vegetables a person eats increases the amount of vital nutrients the body receives to maintain a healthy balance. Try to limit the amount of processed foods that are eaten, and increase the amount of foods found in nature. Dropping weight from a healthy diet can help reduce pressure on the back and decrease pain.
Limit Phone Usage
With the amount of time spent looking down at smartphones or other devices, the neck muscles that support the head have up to 50 pounds of force placed on the neck muscles and spine. The head should be kept in a neutral position to avoid undo pressure on the neck.
Try holding the phone at eye level when using it and elevate your notebook or laptop with a stand to reduce neck strain while using these devices.
Regular Chiropractic Treatments
Even if your spine seems fine, maintaining regular chiropractic treatments ensures that the spine is in correct alignment. If you have back or neck pain, consult with your primary physician. Then, come to The Joint for a gentle chiropractic adjustment to your spine.
The expert doctors at The Joint put patients in charge of their overall treatment program. Your chiropractic experience is on your terms, not ours.
Many times, the cost of a chiropractic treatment at The Joint is many times less than an average insurance copay. The Joint helps those who are looking for ways to treat their spines easy and stress free. Come by The Joint today and let us help get your spine in its best possible shape.