A healthy spine is often overlooked and is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Approximately 80-90% of the population suffers from spinal pain at some point in their lives. Because so many of us suffer from spine pain, it’s important for you to try to keep your spine as healthy as possible. The American Chiropractic Association recommends the following spinal health tips for you to do at home:
~Do not stand bent forward at the waist for prolonged periods of time. The muscles in your low back become deconditioned in this position, which may lead to pain.
~Avoid twisting while lifting. Twisting is one of the most dangerous movements for your spine. If you must lift a heavy item, get someone to help you.
~Do NOT bend over at the waist to pick up items. Instead, kneel down on one knee, with the other foot flat on the floor, then pick up the item. You can also squat down and pick it up with an extended arm.
~Lying on your side with a pillow between your knees may reduce the pressure on your back while sleeping. Never sleep in a position that causes a portion of your spine to hurt. Sleeping on your stomach can cause a lot of rotation in your neck which can cause misalignments and pain.
~Spinal adjustments are a great way to prevent any future pain or misalignments and can help subside any current pain you are having. Chiropractic care, while mostly used for acute care, can also be used as a preventative care!