Tips For Taking Better Care Of Your Spine
The health of your spine is connected to just about every component of your body 🕺, and it plays a big role in your ability to function and carry out everyday movements. From giving you the capability to stand upright, twist, and bend to protecting and housing your nervous system, your spine is responsible for a lot. For this reason, we should do everything we can to take care of and protect this important part of our anatomy.
There are loads of things we do each day that put our spines under pressure and cause rusting up of the spine. This includes sitting 🪑 for too long, picking things up incorrectly 🏋️♀️, and having poor posture. Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do to take better care of your spine to ensure that it’s able to function optimally and improve your quality-of-life 🙌.
The Quality Of Your Sleep Matters
The only chance your spine truly has to rest 😴 is when you’re sleeping. And you want to make sure it gets quality rest 💤 in order to maintain good spine health and prevent injuries or pain. It’s important that both your mattress 🛌 and your pillow are supporting your neck and spine in a way that your body can relax fully.
For tips on how to choose the right mattress and pillow, check out this blog post
Stretch And Strengthen Your Core And Back Muscles
Stretching 🧘♂️ regularly not only helps to maintain good spine health, but it also assists in strengthening the muscles 💪 in your back to better support and protect your spine. Ensuring that your exercise routine includes core exercises to help strengthen the muscles that support your spine is very important. Strong back and core muscles can take some of the pressure off your spine as they can work together to help you stand 🧍♀️ and sit 🪑 upright.
Make Sure You’re Sitting Right
Sitting for long periods of time without taking a break to walk around and move is the quickest way to put your spine under pressure 👎. So, step number one when caring for your spine is to take regular breaks ⌚ from sitting i.e., every hour minimum for 5 minutes. The second thing to do is to make sure you are always sitting 🪑 correctly, particularly if it’s going to be for a while. Check out this blog post to find out how you should be sitting to prevent damaging your spine.
Believe it or not, what you eat 🍔 can also affect the health of your spine. Foods that cause inflammation such as takeaways 🍕 and foods that have a high sugar content 🍧 can cause back problems and make it harder for your spine to heal from strains and injuries. To find out what foods you should be eating to fight inflammation and support spine health, read this blog post.
Don’t Ignore The Signs
The best way to care for your spine is to not ignore any ⚠warning signs ⚠ it gives you. Any pain 💢 in your back and neck is an indication that there is a problem. While it is common to have back pain occasionally, constant pain or discomfort that fluctuates throughout the day could mean there is an underlying problem that needs addressing. If these issues are left untreated, often pain can become for frequent or intense.
Also, if you have recently injured your back or neck, be sure not to try to treat the problem yourself 🙅♂️ and self-medicate 💊, always get checked by professional.
Consider Chiropractic Care
Visiting your chiropractor does not only happen when you are in pain or have an injury. We have our spines checked, like we do our teeth, to make sure it is functioning healthily 🤗.
If you are interested in having chiropractic care to take better care of your spine, click here to contact us. If you’d like more information and tips to have a healthier spine, keep an eye 👀 on our blog posts.