A healthy spine is the key to your wellbeing – keeping you pain-free, strong, and flexible. It’s the centrepiece of your body from which your limbs hang, your head rests, and your ribcage and abdomen attach. However, because you can’t see it, it’s often forgotten until you have pain. Here are some helpful tips to keep your spine healthy.
Poor posture is common and will strain your back − especially if you spend significant time at a desk, couch, or staring down at a screen. When you sit or stand, your shoulder should be in line with your ear. Your spine should maintain a neutral position. The natural curves of your neck and back should be maintained to protect against injury and help movement.
Strengthen your core
It may sound strange but to support your back you must strengthen your front − your core, that is. The core muscles help move, stabilise, and support your spine. Weak core muscles can place an extra load on spinal joints. This can create pain and dysfunction. A strong core may reverse these problems.
Sleep comfortably and supported
Do you sleep on your stomach? It’s time to stop. This position twists and strains your spine. Lie on your side or your back, and place a pillow under your knees when lying on your back, or between your knees when lying on your side to ease any strain. Choose a supportive and comfortable mattress and pillow that keep your spine in its ideal position.
Your spine wasn’t designed to lift heavy weights, so make sure that the object you’re picking up is manageable for you, and stick to these sensible rules. Come close to the item, bend your knees and squat down. Grasp securely with both hands, keep the item near your body. Maintain the forward curve in your lower back and brace your core. Move your feet, don’t twist. If it’s too heavy, place it down and get help before you injure yourself.
Chiropractors know spines inside out. From back pain relief to improved function, chiropractic care has much to offer in pursuit of a healthy spine. If you’d like more information about getting − and keeping − a healthy spine, talk to us.
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