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Preserve Your Spine With These Tips

By Rachel Carver

Our spinal health is important. Our back helps us sit, stand, and lift. It is easy to not give the back much thought when everything works correctly. But proactively preserving the health of your spine can save you pain and discomfort in the future.

Your neighborhood Joint Chiropractic clinic has some things you can do now to ensure optimal spine health.

Sit Correctly

It is easy to forget about good posture when we are typing away or relaxing with a good book. But slouching, hunching, and other incorrect ways of sitting can negatively impact your spinal health. Poor posture can cause pain, reduce stability, and limit your range of motion.

Practice good posture. Sit with your shoulders back and your chin parallel to the ground. Use a footrest or place your feet flat on the floor to avoid putting extra weight on one hip. Even while sitting, your spine should be in a neutral position.

Be Intentional About Moving

Not only is regular movement good for weight loss and reducing the risk of developing many health conditions, it is also great for your back. Regular exercise strengthens your spine. Walking, cycling, or swimming are fun physical activities.

You can also make minor adjustments to increase movement. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Pace your office during phone calls. Set a reminder to stand up every 30 minutes while working at your desk.

Buy Supportive Shoes

Your footwear makes a big difference. Whether you walk regularly or just want to get where you're going, your shoes should provide a supportive base that keeps the spine and body aligned.

The part of the shoe resting against your heel should be snug but not too tight. A shoe with the right fit prevents your foot from rolling too much to the inside or outside. Use shoe orthotics or inserts if you need additional support.

If you are experiencing back pain, don't delay treatment. Medication will only give you temporary relief. Safe, natural, and drug-free chiropractic adjustments can treat the cause of your back pain and get you back to your life.

Give your local Joint Chiropractic clinic a try today. The Joint's affordable prices and walk-in visits make it easy for you to get the care you need when you need it.

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

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