Helpful Tips for a Healthy Spine

October 17, 2014

Believe it or not, back pain will effect up to 90 percent of the population at some point in time. Ranging from mild to severe, back pain can result in lost days at work, costly medical bills and withdrawal from activities people commonly enjoy. Luckily, there are some things you can do to keep your spine healthy, while reducing your chances of experiencing back pain.

Healthy Spine

Maintain Good Health

  • Keep active and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Work on getting within 10 pounds of your ideal weight.
  • Perform stretches to keep flexible and strengthen muscles.
  • Visit your chiropractor regularly to keep your spine free of subluxations.

Proper Lifting

  • Never twist or jerk your body when lifting.
  • If an object, such as a box, is heavy, use your legs to push the item rather pulling.
  • Bend at the knees and use your legs rather than your back when lifting.
  • Hold heavy objects close to your body to avoid adding stress to your spine.

Sitting Well

  • If you keep your knees slightly higher than your hips you will provide support for your lower back.
  • Keep your spine straight and avoid slouching.
  • Keep your head up and avoid extended periods of bending at the neck.

Stand Tall

  • Take pressure off your lower back by standing with one foot slightly ahead of the other and with your knees slightly bent.
  • Avoid bending at the waist for extended periods as this can weaken your lower back muscles.
  • Align your shoulders with your hips to keep your spine straight.

In addition to the above, you should visit your chiropractor to have an assessment performed. Your chiropractor will develop a care plan to remove any subluxations in your spine that are causing nerve interference and interfering with your life’s activities.

The bottom line in chiropractic is this — having a healthy spine free of subluxations is the key to living a healthy, pain-free life. Chiropractic Lifecare of America can help you save up to 50 percent on chiropractic care. Call 800.775.7900 or contact us online today.

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