Ways to Show Your Spine Some Love
When was the last time you thought about your spine and all the support it gives you? Today, take a moment to thank your spine, because without it, you wouldn’t be able to do daily tasks.
Here are several different ways to show your spine some love:
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1. Check your posture
Believe it or not, many postural issues are the cause of sedentary lifestyles, such as hunching over a computer keyboard. By paying attention to your posture, you can start to lessen the pain and tightness caused by shortened muscles around the spine and feel better almost instantly.
Here’s how to check your posture:
- Stand against a wall.
- Make sure the back of your head, upper back, shoulders, and buttocks are all touching the wall.
- Next, you should be able to feel a slight natural curve in the lumbar spine. If this space is large enough to fit your arm through, or if there’s no space at all, you might have a pelvic tilt.
- Also, if at any time the neutral position becomes uncomfortable, you potentially have bad posture.
2. Sleep well
Sleeping is excellent for your overall health, but there’s another reason you need it. Turn onto your left side and sleep in this position, at least for a little while. Sleeping on your side will take pressure off the spine, reduce airway collapse, and even help with sleep apnea. Make sure you have a supportive mattress too.
3. Stay active
Stretch, run, jump, jog, dance, wiggle, swim, bike, and all that good stuff. If you are keeping your body active, you are making your spine happy, too. Plus, you get a boost from endorphins and reduce your chances of various diseases. The best exercises for promoting a healthy spine is aerobic exercise and some strengthening exercises. For those who are just starting out, try yoga and Pilates.
4. Maintain a healthy weight
Being either overweight or obese increases the burden on your entire skeleton. Staying a healthy weight will prevent low back pain as well as reduce stress on ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints.
5. Seek out a chiropractor for ongoing pain
You should never ignore spinal pain or problems, because the spine houses a bundle of nerves that could potentially be affected if the condition goes ignored. Listen to your body and rest if necessary; but if the pain doesn’t go away, be sure to head to a chiropractor. These medical professionals do more than crack backs, they help heal the vertebrae, assess the discs, and can get you standing straight again through massage and manipulation.
Show your spine some love today! Stretch, sleep well, and eat right. Just by being healthy and staying active, your spine’s health will be ongoing. And remember, if you feel anything “off,” consulting with a chiropractor is one of the best ways to getting your spine back to normal in no time.