When thinking about being healthy, what’s the FIRST thing most people think about? It’s food and exercise, right? Not to say that those aren’t important, but if you’re NOT thinking about your spine you’re missing out on the foundational piece of building good health.
So how exactly can we promote good spinal health? Here are 3 things to remember that will help.
3 Tips For Building A Healthy Spine
#1 Pay Attention To Posture
Something that’s easy to overlook is how we’re sitting every single day. It’s a safe bet to say that most of us work sitting down behind a desk, or at least sitting down somewhere (shout out to the lucky few who get to work from the couch). Did you know that the average American spends 11 hours sitting per day? No wonder they say sitting is the new smoking! It’s easy for the spine and our posture to suffer when we’re not paying attention. Avoiding this sedentary type of lifestyle without physical exercise and activity will make a HUGE impact on your health.
Quick Tip: Set an alarm for every 30 minutes to an hour to get up and walk around. Your spine and your back will thank you.
#2 Stretch it Out
Stretching is an underrated exercise that ANYONE can do from ANYWHERE. You don’t have to go see a doctor or a chiropractor to take full advantage of this useful activity. Specific exercises can strengthen your core and muscles around your spine, supporting excellent spinal health. There are specific exercises you can do for lower back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, and even scoliosis. Building these muscles up around the spine is extremely important and will help with long-term health.
Quick Tip: You can do a quick search online for easy at-home stretches for specific lower back pain or core building exercises, or reach out to our team here and we’d love to help you out!
#3 Visit Your Local Chiropractor
Chiropractors are the experts when it comes to spinal structure and musculoskeletal structure, so this makes perfect sense. We get that some people have some apprehension when it comes to even hearing the word “chiropractor”, hey we get it. Let us ease your mind for a second though. We know that people have legitimate fears and questions about doctors and their treatments, but fear is the result of the unknown. We are in the business of helping people get pain relief from a variety of health conditions and this starts with simple, effective spinal adjustments. Removing interference within the spine is how we target the root cause of problems not just treat your symptoms. A healthy spine will create a healthy body and life and getting treated by a chiropractor will be the best decision you can make for yourself.
Quick Tip: The easiest way to get past any fear or skepticism is simply call and make an appointment. Experience for yourself how powerful this non-opioid and non-surgical treatment really is.
We’re pros when it comes to musculoskeletal health, so trust us when we say the spine is a big freaking deal. It has 24 vertebrae plus discs that act as shock absorbers, oh and it’s the super highway of communication for the entire nervous system, so yeah kind of important. And if there’s anything we know, traffic jams on major highways cause major delays, headaches, and a flat-out bad mood for the rest of the day. Translate this into traffic jams and interference of the nervous system and you’ve got the breakdown of systems and processes of the body plus pain and symptoms popping up all over the place. Not ideal.
Can we take it a step further? When these traffic jams don’t get fixed, the problems only get worse, building up on top of each other creating bigger complications on down the line. We’re talking stuff like high blood pressure, diabetes, sciatica, neuropathy, even cancer. Come on, where did you think sickness and disease came from?
Give our team a call and let’s start building a healthier life starting with your spine!