In part one of this blog series, ClinTech gave you a few quick tips on how to maintain proper spinal health. Today, we’ll cover a few more. The health of your spine is more important than you may realize. Having a healthy spine allows you a higher quality of living, one that is free from aches and pain and limited mobility. If you currently have a healthy spine and want to keep it that way, read this blog to learn more.
Take A Load Off
This common phrase means to take a seat, but in this case, we mean the opposite. Sitting can actually have a major impact on our spine if we sit for too long or don’t sit with good posture. The discs in your lower spine carry three times more weight than they do while you’re standing. This means that sitting for long periods of time can cause back pain, or make an existing condition more severe. Slouching and hunching while sitting can also aggravate your lumbar discs as well. To avoid these issues, we suggest getting up from your chair, be it at work or home, every 20 to 30 minutes and stretch or walk for a few minutes. When sitting in your chair, sit with good posture, and sit on a chair that is comfortable and supports your spine.
Enjoy A Massage Every Now And Then
A massage is a great way to relieve the physical and mental stresses of the day. Properly carried out, a massage releases endorphins into the bloodstream. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. The increased blood flow in the massaged area can also help to speed up the healing process, as the increased blood flow brings helpful nutrients to the site. For a more targeted treatment, you can visit a massage therapist or chiropractor. They can gently massage your spine back into place and can relieve the pressure created by some spinal issues like a herniated disc.
This bit of advice is used by almost every health professional out there. Exercise is a great way to maintain a healthy spine, as well as a way to access a whole host of other health benefits. Certain exercises are also designed to help rehabilitate your injured spine. You don’t need to already be an expert athlete to take advantage of the benefits exercise brings. Focus on stretching and strengthening the back and abdominals. This, like massage, helps to distribute healing nutrients to the painful places in your back and neck. Regular exercise will also make your joints, muscles, and discs stronger, ensuring that you are more resilient to future injury and recover more quickly in the future.