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Maintain A Healthy Spine

Countless people are affected by back pain every day. To maintain a healthy spine, start with good habits for a routine that becomes a healthy lifestyle. Adults and children with a healthy lifestyle are less prone to aches and pains and have a greater ability to experience their full potential. For starters, avoid smoking and hydrate. Next, incorporate this checklist of habits to maintain a healthy spine and reduce the potential for back pain and maximize the potential for success!

It’s recommended to do at least 30-45 minutes of moderate intensity exercise at least three times a week. You don’t have to do it all at once though. Multiple shorter periods of 10 minutes throughout the day is still good for your physical and mental health.

Try these simple tips to keep your spine in good shape:

  • Stretch. Get into the habit of starting each day with some stretching. Stretching helps us to stay flexible, which in turn supports proper joint function and range of motion.

  • Sleep Well. Avoid sleeping on your stomach and use a pillow that supports your neck. Eliminate strain on your neck and keep your spine in a natural position.

  • Lift Properly. Bend at the knees and do not twist. Be mindful of your form at all times.

  • Don’t over-do it at the gym. Push yourself to a comfortable level where proper form isn’t compromised.

  • Keep Moving. Staying active is one of the best things you can do to preserve a healthy spine. Be sure to exercise regularly. Walking, swimming and biking are good low-impact options.

  • When seated, keep both feet on the floor, make sure that your knees and hips are level and sit up straight. Remember to be cognizant of good posture especially when using mobile devices. At the office, customize your workspace using proper ergonomics.

  • Maintain a Healthy Weight. Being overweight is a risk factor for low back pain. Excess weight puts added stress on the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the back. Good nutrition is always a recommendation for a healthy weight and spine.

  • See your Chiropractor. Regular chiropractic visits help to maintain a healthy spine by keeping the nervous system free of subluxations. Routine chiropractic care can be an important key to living a happier, pain-free life.



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