The ball might have dropped to ring in the New Year, but make sure you don’t drop the ball on your health! Below are tips to improve your spinal health.
Here are your chiropractic resolutions for a healthy spine:
Regular stretching can improve posture, reduce stress, decrease pain, and increase flexibility. Be sure to use proper form, hold for 30 seconds, and avoid bouncing.
Maintaining a healthy weight reduces stress on the spine. A balanced diet full of fruit, veggies, and antioxidants can reduce inflammation and support a healthy spine.
Exercise Your Core
Your core muscles, located in your lower back and abdomen, need to be strong and supple in order to support your spine and take pressure off your lower back.
Improve Sleep Posture
Analyze your sleeping position. Most people sleep on their sides. If you do, try placing a small pillow between your knees to help align your spine to reduce strain.
Drink More Water
When you are not properly hydrated, your body cannot replenish the water naturally contained in your spinal discs. This causes your discs to remain compressed. This leads to lack of mobility and pain. Hydration is directly related to spinal health, so be sure to stay hydrated.
Pain is your body’s way of tell you that something is wrong. While you can temporarily relieve symptoms, a chiropractor can determine the root cause of your pain. Look out for headaches, persistent aches, or patterns of pain after regular activities.
Exercise is essential when it comes to maintaining a healthy spine. A simple exercise program that focuses on stretching and strengthening your core can go a long way. A brisk walk each morning is a great way to start.
Lifting heavy items without supporting your spine can lead to painful muscle strains. Use your legs to push upward, lead with the hips instead of the shoulders, and keep your chest forward. If an item is excessively heavy or awkwardly shaped, lift with a partner to avoid injury.