There is a reason (actually several) why your Jacksonville chiropractor puts a lot of emphasis on maintaining optimal spinal health. In fact nothing is more important than working on improving your spinal health especially as you grow older.
Practice good posture and perform exercises that target your musculoskeletal system are important requisites. Did you listen to your chiropractor? Don’t worry…
We have listed in the following some of the best and quick tips to maintain optimal spinal health:
Performing regular stretching every morning or before going to bed helps a lot in maintaining back and neck health. In the same vein, incorporating flexibility exercises can help maintain normal joint function and a good range of motion. This will help reduce your risk of injury!
Start your day off with a few stretches as this will invigorate your spine. You can also add professional soft tissue massage as this will keep muscles around the spine loose and pliable.
Support Back When Carrying Heavy Things
One way of causing serious back injuries is picking up and moving heavy items inappropriately. By this we mean, people don’t support their backs when lifting and moving heavy items!
What can help? Remember to always brace your core muscles when lifting heavy items. Also bend the knee rather than your back! This will make the job a lot safer.
There is also a proper way of carrying smaller items such as hand bags and gym bags. Talk to your Jacksonville chiropractor about the best way to lift smaller items.
Get Some Exercise Every Day
Regular exercise can do wonders not only for your general health but also for the health of your spine. Ensure to take out time in the day for exercise even for just 20-30 minutes! There are many ways you can get your body going whether by strolling around the block or walking during your lunch break.
You can also perform yoga or pilates at home engaging your core muscles and making them stronger.
Be Mindful Of How You Stand
Work at a job where you are required to stand for long periods of time? This will increase leg cramps and back pain especially if you don’t move around and just stand still all the time. The American Chiropractic Association recommends adjusting the way you stand in such a case.
How to make the adjustment? Bend your knees slightly while keeping one foot in front of the other one.
Maintain a Healthy Diet and Weight
Your spine will have to work harder to support your body if you are above the normal weight for your height. The closer to your ideal weight, the less pressure there will be on your back therefore lose the extra fat. Otherwise it will place a strain on the back muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Include lots of calcium and Vitamin D into your diet, either in supplements or appropriate food items.
Now that you know the secrets to maintaining good spine health, will you follow or forget them? In any case, Amazing Spine Care is here for your help and direction regarding better musculoskeletal system care! Here is what to expect from one session.