For the Health of Your Spine, Watch Your Behaviors!
By Donna Kostiew
Poor spinal health can wreak havoc on your body and can cause much more damage than simply creating back pain. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize that a healthy spine is critical to maintaining a healthy body. The main function of the spine is to protect the central nervous system, so when the spine is healthy and in its proper alignment, the body is able to function at its most optimal level.
One of the primary goals of your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic is to provide the best spinal health possible to their patients. The reality though, is that your chiropractor can only do so much in the short amount of time they are with you. Although their adjustments set the proper foundation for your overall health and wellness, the bulk of the responsibility for maintaining that standard falls back on you.
Behaviors that Affect Spine Health
Poor spinal health can have a damaging effect on all aspects of your health and can make the body susceptible to injuries and future complications. It is important to be intentional with behaviors that promote optimal health, such as:
- Posture - If you have poor posture you are not only overworking your muscles, but you are also limiting your mobility as your spine and joints fall out of alignment. Basically, poor posture can lead to a change in your body’s structure, especially when it becomes a constant habit. Be mindful of your posture while driving, using a computer, or sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
- Vitamins - Vitamin D and calcium can help improve the strength and stability of your spine, so be sure to include them in your diet.
- Water – In order for the discs between the vertebrae to function properly, they must be well hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help with this and will keep them operating at maximum function.
- Exercise – Inactivity has become a main source of back pain for so many people. The best remedy for this is to simply become more physically active. This doesn’t require hours at a gym either … just try to add more movement during your day and exercise as much as possible.
In addition to the health of your spine, these suggestions, along with regular chiropractic treatments, can improve your overall health and wellness. So commit to establishing positive behaviors and visit your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic on a regular basis. With more than 400 locations nationwide, and no appointment necessary, it truly is a behavior that will be easy to maintain.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.