Your body is an interconnected network; at the center of it are the spine and central nervous system.
They relay sensory signals from the brain to the rest of the body and control your movements and musculoskeletal reflexes, so it’s very important to keep them healthy. To avoid back/neck pain and other ailments, here are some simple everyday steps you can take to ensure your spinal health.
Light Exercise, More Often
You don’t need to train to be Mr. Universe to improve your spinal health. Simple stretches every morning and basic back and core workouts even just for 15 or 20 minutes per day will put you ahead of the game. The key is often and consistent activity, not short, intense bursts. Go for walks more often. Walking is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body, strengthening your core and leg muscles as well as improving your flexibility. So, if you need a few small supplies from the store down the street, walk there instead of driving. Or when you’re taking the dog around the block, go one block extra. Your spine will thank you!
Examine Your Posture
Invest in ergonomic chairs with spinal support. If you have an office job or lead a sedentary lifestyle, get up and walk around every hour (or more frequently if possible). Do some basic stretches at work and move around more often to stay limber. Consider getting a standing desk to stretch the legs and stand upright.
New Mattress and Pillows
How often do you replace your mattress? Experts say mattresses need replacing about every 7 years — sooner, if you sleep poorly. You (should) be spending 6–8 hours every night laying down in your bed. That’s almost 1/3 of your time, so it needs to be physically supportive. There are plenty of outlets to find well-designed beds, so find what’s right for you. Additionally, be sure to sleep in a proper position — either on your back or on your side with your legs stretched.
See A Chiropractor
Seeing a chiropractor regularly — even if you don’t have pain issues currently — ensures consistent evaluation and spinal maintenance in order to strengthen the spine, prevent pain and keep you limber and flexible. We, as chiropractors, are well-trained in musculoskeletal health and will be able to detect current problems and prevent future ones. Chiropractic is effective for people of all ages, from all walks of life. Schedule an evaluation today to get started on the road to a better you.