There are several things you can try in order to help your spine as healthy as possible as well as reduce complications from your back condition.
Tips For Keeping Your Spine Healthy
Rest your spine while sleeping – Once you are lying down, all the structures in your spine that worked all day can finally relax and rejuvenate. It is very important for you to use pillows and mattress to let your spine rest in a comfortable and supported way. Your choice of pillow and mattress is often based on personal preference, your specific neck or back problem, or your preferred sleep positions.
Find time to exercise your core in order to strengthen your back muscles and abs – Your core muscles (abdominal and lower back muscles) must be strong and supple to support your spine. It must be capable of taking the pressure off your lower back. Be reminded that most of the core muscles are rarely used on a daily basis. Hence, they must be toned via targeted exercises. These exercises are very simple and can only be done in 20-30 minutes every day.
Choose shoes that will support your spine – The kind of shoes you wear will have a huge impact in supporting your lower back. Good shoes will provide a supportive base that will help the body and spine remain in alignment. For instance, you need to make sure that the shoe will snugly fit the back of your heels. A good fit will prevent supination/pronation or too much rolling of the foot to the inside or outside.
Always practice good ergonomics whilst sitting – The discs in your lower spine are loaded thrice as much as when you are sitting as compared to when you are standing. Long periods of sitting will aggravate or create a painful back condition. If sitting at a desk, people usually slouch and lean forward. Doing this will stress your lumbar discs. It is indeed very important for you to choose the right office chair as well as practice good posture whilst seated. Most importantly, always avoid sitting for long periods by getting up to stretch and walk around every 20-30 minutes. For your spine to stay healthy, you need to move frequently. Movement will fuel the spine with healthy nutrients.
Reap the benefits of massage – A good massage helps boost endorphins in your bloodstream. Also, it can encourage blood flow that helps bring healing nutrients to the affected area and boost healing. Chiropractic treatments can also help.