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How to Keep Your Spine Healthy

By Rachel Carver

The spine is involved in every movement we make. From walking to lifting, we need our spine to function correctly so we can live our lives.

Taking proactive steps to maintain our health is important. But is easy to forget about the spine because we use it so much without thinking about it.

Your neighborhood Joint Chiropractic clinic has some things to do now to keep your spine strong and healthy.

Create a Healthy Sleep Environment

Does your sore back make it hard to put on your socks in the morning? The way we sleep can impact our spine health.

While we sleep, the spine relaxes after working all day. To do this, it needs a supportive environment.

Your mattress should not sag. Your pillow should keep your head and neck in a neutral position. Pillows should be replaced at least every two years, and you should not use your mattress any longer than eight years. To protect your spine, sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees.

Exercise Your Back and Core

Exercise is beneficial for more than lowering your scale number. Your abdominal and lower back muscles need to be strong enough to support your spine and relieve the pressure on your lower back.

Most of us do not use these muscles enough during regular activities. It takes targeted exercises such as sit-ups and planks to tone these muscles. The Joint Chiropractic team can recommend some specific exercises to strengthen these areas based on your unique circumstances.

Buy Supportive Shoes

Whether you want to start a walking program or stand all day, you need good shoes to support your lower back. Supportive shoes help keep the spine and body in alignment.

The part of the shoe resting against your heel should fit securely but should not be too tight. A good fit prevents your foot from rolling too much to the inside or outside.

Get a Massage

A back massage can increase blood flow, loosen tight muscles, and boost feelings of relaxation. Massage chairs sell at varying prices. You can also visit a massage parlor.

Keeping your spine healthy will help you maintain balance and coordination as you age. You will also be able to continue your daily tasks without back pain or discomfort.

If you do experience back pain or stiffness, head to The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. A spinal adjustment can quickly get you back to your life. The Joint's affordable pricing and walk-in visits make care accessible to everyone.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lewisville, Tex.

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