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How Sleep and Diet Habits Put the Back at Risk

By Sandy Schroeder

Almost 90 percent of the population encounters back pain at some point in their lives. Avoiding back pain could be as simple as making the right lifestyle choices to keep the back healthy and pain-free.

Sleeping habits and diet patterns are two of the major choices that can make a significant difference in back health. Not smoking, and getting sufficient exercise are also key issues, along with learning how to maintain good posture, and lift and carry items safely.

See Your Chiropractor

To see where you stand, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. The Joint’s licensed chiropractors are well equipped to help. They work with people of all ages, helping them avoid pain and find the best health, wellness and fitness answers on a regular basis.

When you stop by, your chiropractor will want to hear about your lifestyle, medical history, and any aches or pains that you have.

Focusing on spinal health, your chiropractor may use a gentle, targeted spinal adjustment to relieve aches and pains, and generate a new sense of wellness. Individuals often report less stress, better sleep, more energy and improved alertness.

The Wellness Path

Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may prove to be the best way to keep the spine healthy. At the same time, work on sleep and diet habits could pay off in the long run. The American Chiropractic Association suggests these steps.

Sleep Guidelines

  • Make sure your bedding is comfortable.
  • Mattresses should be free of lumps and sags
  • Pillows should allow the head to sink into the pillow while keeping body and neck in alignment
  • Use a pillow under knees to reduce pressure on the spine
  • Lying on your side reduces pressure on the back

Diet Strategy

  • Maintain a normal weight
  • Avoid belly fat pressure on the lower back muscles
  • Before making diet or exercise changes see your doctor

Discovering chiropractic can be like turning a page for many individuals. I have watched friends, co-workers and family members make this discovery. They started with sore knees, a stiff neck, or an aching back, and soon learned how valuable their chiropractor could be in keeping them healthy and well. Soon they brought in their whole family, and relied on their chiropractors to be there whenever new issues turned up. Many of them moved through their careers, transitioning into active retirements, staying in touch with their chiropractors the whole way.

To find out more, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Affordable personal healthcare plans require no insurance. Flexible evening and weekend hours are available and no appointments are needed. 

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

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