A Chiropractor's Dos and Dont's of Back Health
By Stepy Kamei
Human beings are creatures of habit, and it's the habits we partake in on a daily basis which play a big part in determining our overall health. Good habits can lead to a lifestyle with very few health concerns through experiencing better energy and a better sense of well-being overall. Living a life filled with bad habits can have the opposite effect, even if it's in a more insidious manner.
It's important to keep in mind that the habits you've fallen into, positive or negative, are probably having a bigger impact on the health of your back and spine than you've realized. Knowing what it is about your daily routine -- which could be strengthening your spine health, or degrading it -- is crucial if you want to prevent more serious health issues such as chronic back pain from affecting you.
Avoid These Habits
I'll preface this with the fact that these habits are generally considered bad for overall health, but they're especially problematic for maintaining back health.
Smoking may seem like it only impacts your mouth and lungs, but the problem is that it increases inflammation all over the body, including in the back and around the spine. This inflammation can push on your joints and soft tissues, creating stiffness and pain in the area.
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol has a similar effect when it comes to inflammation, so do your best to curb your intake to only a few drinks per week, if any at all.
Remaining sedentary for long periods throughout the day is another way to degrade back health. Try to go no longer than two hours at a time without any movement. If you're stuck in an office, get up and stretch at least once during this time frame, or take a walk to the break room and back if you can.
Encourage These Habits
Opposite what's just been mentioned, consuming healthy foods and staying active throughout the day is a great way to keep your joints and muscles fluid, strong, and healthy. Make as many meals as you can from unprocessed, whole foods with anti-inflammatory properties, such as leafy greens, fatty fish, and fresh fruit. Staying hydrated is also very important for keeping inflammation down and mobility levels up.
Finally, consider beginning chiropractic care for a holistic way to look after your total body health and wellness. The Joint Chiropractic doesn't take appointments, or insurance, so you can simply walk into the location nearest you to get started right away on the path to wellness.