Your spine is too important to neglect. Use these tips for optimal spinal health.
You have probably experienced back pain here and there. Occasional pain is common and often not serious. However, you can help avoid bouts of pain and keep your spine healthy with these habits and practices.
1. Lift items correctly
Knowing how to lift correctly will prevent immediate injury as well as keep your spine and back in good shape for years to come. When lifting any object, be sure the weight of the object is not more than your can handle. Once you determine that you can lift the item, lift by:
- Spreading your feet apart
- Bending at your knees, not your waist
- Slowly lift using the muscles in your hips and knees
- Avoid twisting or bending while lifting
2. Stretch it out
Frequent stretching exercises keep the muscles and ligaments of the spine limber for improved mobility.
3. Get some sleep
Insufficient sleep has been linked to increased neck and back problems. Adults should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Also, pay attention to how you sleep. Invest in a comfortable yet supportive mattress.
4. Drink water
Staying hydrated helps soft tissue retain elasticity and maintains fluidity in joints.
5. Move your body
Exercise will help improve posture, strengthen your back, improve flexibility and help you avoid falls.
6. Eat well
Consuming a diet rich in lean proteins, fruits and vegetable has two benefits. First, it will help you maintain a healthy weight, which will reduce strain on the spine. Second, eating well is needed to build a lean body with muscle mass to support the spine.
7. Don't slouch
Good posture is important for spinal health. It helps reduce stress on the ligaments that hold the spinal joints together.
If you suffer from back pain, the Spine Care Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has a staff of spine and vertebrate experts to diagnose your symptoms and design a treatment plan to manage and revolve orthopedic conditions using advance techniques. We offer year-round, free educational seminars regarding spinal health. To find out more about scheduled seminars, please call 1-888-741-5119.