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Life Hacks For Improving Spine Health

If there is one thing you don't want to deal with, it's back pain. Unfortunately, back pain is one of the most common causes of doctor's visits in the U.S., and it affects millions of people each year. Another unfortunate aspect of back pain is that it can be brought on by a variety of different factors. Sometimes, all you have to do is sleep wrong or lift something incorrectly and before you know it, you're clutching your lower back and reaching for the pain medication in your drawer.

The good news is that, since the simplest things can sometimes bring up back pain, you can make some very simple changes to your life that will protect you from future instances of back pain. As I read in an article by Everyday Health, there are some very easy life hacks you can take on for the sake of your health.

Since one of the most common causes of back pain is improper lifting of heavy objects, it should make sense that learning to lift properly is at the top of the list of ways to improve back and spine health. Here is how to lift heavy objects correctly. To start, stand as close to the object as you possibly can. From here, remember to use your legs to pull the item up, rather than your back. Bend your knees and keep your arms at the exact same height as the item you're lifting, if you can. Finally, as you lift, remember to keep your back straight the whole time. This may take some practice but your back will thank you for it!

When you tuck into bed after a long day at work, be sure to sleep on your side. It turns out that sleeping on your stomach or back actually puts quite a lot of pressure on your spine, which can easily cause a sore back when you wake up the next morning. Just as important is investing in a pillow that properly supports your neck and upper back area, so be sure to find one that fits your height and is either firm or soft enough for your comfort. 

Finally, visiting a doctor of chiropractic on a regular basis can really help ensure the health of your spinal column. Spinal adjustments can improve circulation in the body while also working to reduce inflammation and increase mobility in the area for a healthier lifestyle. 

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