Spinal Health Tips and Tricks
By Sara Butler
Back pain is very prevalent in society today. In fact, the National Institutes of Health say you have an 80 percent chance of experiencing it at some point in your life. Those aren’t good odds! But with the help of the chiropractors at The Joint, you can work to keep your spine healthy. Here are some of the best tips and tricks to better spinal health you can start today.
Get a Good Mattress
When you sleep at night your body uses the time to rest and rejuvenate. The structures that have worked so hard all day to support your spine take advantage of the time you’re asleep to rest and get ready for the next day, which is why good support while you sleep is essential.
The kind of mattress and pillow you use is a personal choice, but as long as you’ve got a mattress and pillows that support your body properly and keep your spine in neutral alignment, you should be fine. Talk to your chiropractor about the best sleeping positions and how to utilize your pillows for proper support as you sleep.
Exercise is good for your overall health and wellness, but it’s also really good for your spine. When you strengthen the core muscles in your abdomen, you’re helping to take the pressure off your lower back and support your spine adequately. Unfortunately, most people are seriously lacking in core strength and their backs suffer the consequences. You need to target these muscles with specific exercises. Look to the chiropractors at The Joint for guidance on easy core exercises you can add to your daily routine.
Get Good Shoes
Your feet are the foundation of your body, so make sure you treat the foundation with care to keep it stable! The shoes you wear are important in the health of your spine, especially the lower back. Get shoes that provide a supportive base that helps your spine stay in alignment. Talk to your chiropractor about the right shoes for the right activity.
Don’t Sit Too Much
When you’re sitting, three times more pressure is put on your lower back than when sitting. That’s why it’s important to break up how long you sit with mini-breaks throughout the day. Take a break at least once per hour to ensure you’re practicing good posture. If you work long hours at a desk, consider getting a standing desk.
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