Having a healthy spine doesn’t just mean periodically seeing your chiropractor. It also means making changes to your lifestyle that protect and support the health of your spine, while at the same time improving your posture. Here are some lifestyle changes you can make to keep healthy between visits to your chiropractor.
Your body was made to move. It’s a good rule of thumb not to sit without getting up and moving around for more than 45 minutes at a time. You may have heard that some research over the past couple of years has pointed to sitting too much as being as detrimental to your health as smoking. An increasingly sedentary life is literally killing people.
Think about your daily routine. Do you sit for long periods? Maybe you think your exercise routine will counteract some of the bad effects of so much sitting, but that’s not exactly true. Research has found that when you sit for more than 45 minutes your brain recognizes that position as one to hold. This causes your muscles to shorten and if that posture becomes “locked” it can make the alignment of your whole body shit to a crooked one when you stand. That will equal pain. So, set a time on your phone and get up and move around once an hour!
Get a better chair for your office. Ergonomic models are available that will be healthier for your back. They can be expensive, but it’s a small price to pay for a healthier spine. Standing desks are also coming into fashion right now. You can also find models that sit on top of your normal desk, so you can adjust them from sitting to standing to get yourself moving throughout the day.
Sleep On Your Back
The position you sleep in is very important to the health of your back. Unless otherwise indicated, such as during pregnancy, you should strive to sleep on your back. It provides the most support for your spine and helps to maintain a healthy alignment while you sleep. It also helps to put a pillow under your knees and relax your arms by your sides or on your stomach. It can take some getting used to, but practice makes perfect!
Your mind can have an impact on your back. When you are stressed, it can cause you to tighten parts of your body. If you’ve been having problems with your back and been having a lot of anxiety in your life, it may be worth finding some ways to relieve stress in your life.
If you have any questions about changes you can make to your lifestyle that will benefit your spine, talk to you chiropractor. They are a great source of information about how to best treat your back and spine!
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