ClinTech in Johnstown offers incredible treatment options for those suffering from chronic or extreme back and neck pain. Our orthopedic specialists are leaders in care and research. While we love seeing our patients and the progress they make, ideally we’d never see them at all! To keep yourself from having to schedule a visit with our spine surgeon, here are some quick tips for maintaining a healthy spine. If you follow these, we hope you’ll enjoy the quality of life you deserve, and that we’ll only have to see you if you’re suffering from terrible spine problems.
Give Your Spine A Rest
We all know about the restorative properties of sleep. Hundreds of studies have all affirmed what we already know, a good night’s sleep can do wonders for your mind and body. But you may not know that your sleeping position can have an effect on the health of your spine. Our regular activities and tasks throughout the day put pressure and stress on our spines. Sleeping provides us an opportunity to relieve that pressure. To do this effectively, you’ll want a mattress and pillows that best support your spine. Your orthopedic specialist can tell you which position is best to sleep in to meet the needs of your particular spinal health concern. This may require you to use pillows to prop up certain parts of your body.
Tone Your Abs
Healthy core muscles mean a healthy spine. Your core is made up of the muscles in the lower back and abdomen. These muscles should be strong and supple to support your spine, and relieve the pressure that can build in your lower back. Modern living doesn’t use these muscles often, so you’ll need to practice specific exercises that target your core muscles. These are typically simple exercises that can be completed in 20 to 30 minutes. For instance, crunches, and planks are easy to do at home, and you can use an exercise ball for extra resistance. You’ll enjoy a healthier back and some toned abs!
Shoes Should Look Good And Feel Good
The right pair of shoes can do wonders for your personal sense of style, but more importantly, they should make your help your spine feel its best. Shoes help to support your lower back as you walk and move throughout the day. In particular, pay attention to how your heel fits in the shoe. It should be snug without feeling tight. You’ll want to avoid having your heel shift from side to side and back and forth while you walk. This will prevent your spine from having to correct for this shifting of the heel. The next time you shop for shoes, try several pairs on and make sure your foot sits comfortably inside.