Maintain Spine Health with These 5 Tips
You have been working through spinal misalignments and it’s symptoms and finally feel better. How can you maintain your spine health? These tips will help you live with less pain associated with spinal subluxations.
Exercise to stabilize your spine
Strengthening the muscles that stabilize the spine is important for your spine health. Muscles that maintain core stabilization include the transverse abdominus, obliques, and multifidus. Common core strengthening exercises such as sit ups do not isolate these muscles. The proper exercises to strengthen these muscles can be shown to you as a component of chiropractic care.
Maintain a healthy weight
Additional weight can put pressure on your spine and discs, resulting in posture problems and nerve pain. Excess weight is particularly difficult if you have arthritis in your spine, specifically osteoarthritis. Dropping a few pounds can make a big impacts on the load put on your spine and can reduce the symptoms associated with spine and disc problems.
Improve your posture
Poor posture will put your spine in positions that will increase pain and nerve compression. Actively maintaining the correct posture of your spine is important for spine health. You can improve your posture when sitting or standing by adjusting the height of your chair or standing at your computer. Learning the basics of proper ergonomics is a smart way to improve your posture.
Use proper body mechanics
Your spine might be feeling healthy but when you try to lift something or bend over you experience pain. This is a sign you are using poor body mechanics. Lifting and bending over improperly can put added stress on your spine so it is important for you spine health to learn the proper body mechanics. For example, simply bending at the knees with lifting and avoiding twisting can make a big impact.
Position your body properly when sleeping
Most people spend an average of 8 hours a night sleeping, so proper positioning for spine health is vital. Positioning a pillow under the knees for back sleepers will place the spine in a more comfortable position. Likewise, a pillow between the knees can improve sleep posture for side sleepers. The pillow under your head should be the right size to support the natural curve your your cervical spine. There are also specific sleep positions that can benefit various spine ailments.