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The key to a healthy Spine!

The key to a healthy Spine!

Most of us will experience back or neck pain at some point in our lives. If you suffer from the occasional ache or have chronic low back or neck pain, the goal is to relieve the pain without the need for surgery. The best way to avoid the need for spine surgery is to improve the health of your spine and chiropractic plays a key role in making that happen.

Why does my neck or back hurt?

One thing to understand about neck and back pain is that it is mechanical. Just like a car can have problems with moving parts, so can your spine. The daily barrage of strain on our backs with sitting, lifting improperly and poor nutrition can wreak havoc on our spines. Most spine pain comes from the following 4 trouble areas:

  • Poor posture and alignment
  • Lack of knowledge on how to bend, lift, sit, sleep
  • Lack of muscle strength
  • Poor flexibility and muscle coordination

The good news is that your body is adaptable and you can always improve what you have. With the right treatment and training, your back or neck can usually make a full recovery.


Try These 5 Keys to a Healthy Spine

Watch your sitting

Sitting is the position that puts the most pressure on the low back. It is important to break up your sitting time throughout the day and take frequent breaks. If you have the opportunity to do standing or walking tasks during your workday, try to work them into various times throughout the day, limiting your sitting to about 30 minutes at a time.

Protect your spine with better posture

How you sit, stand, stretch, lift all play a role in the pressures in your spine. We all know to bend with our knees, not our back when lifting, but do you really do it? Really bend down deep with your knees to pick up objects off low shelves, such as in the refrigerator or shoes off the floor. When standing, walking and sitting, imagine a string pulling you up through the top of your head. This brings your neck, shoulders and back into better alignment.

Get your spine moving

Your body was made to move, especially your spine. It is common for areas of your spine to tighten up, placing too much strain on other areas. These areas, then become irritated and painful. Restore the flexibility in your spine with gentle, specialized hands-on therapy as well as specific exercises. Participate in Yoga and Pilates to improve your stability, strength and spinal balance.

Tighten your core muscles

Your core muscles are made up of your abdominal muscles, spinal muscles and pelvic/hip muscles. It is very common for these muscles to become weak with prolonged sitting, pre/postpartum, after surgeries and injuries. Strengthening your abdominal and hip muscles can go a long way to providing the necessary muscle support to your spine. Speak with one of our experts on what exercises are right for you.

Improve your nutrition

Your body is a machine and it needs the right fuel to run. Since you use your body all day long, it needs to rebuild itself constantly. The ligaments, tendons, muscles and discs in your spine need the right nutrition to stay healthy. Make sure to eat dark green leafy vegetables, lean protein and stay hydrated. Avoid smoking and fried foods, which actually harm your tissues and make the pain more prevalent.

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