Tips for maintaining a Healthy Spine
Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for the health of your spine. It is advised that engaging in physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day. This involves engaging in moderately to vigorous activity, such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming, lawn mowing, aerobic dance, strength training, or rock climbing. This will enhance not just the health of your spine but also your general health.
Be Conscious of Your Posture
A major cause of recurring back and spinal disorders is poor posture. Many back and neck problems can be avoided by sitting up straight whether watching television, working at a desk, or eating at a table. It could initially feel weird or even painful, but that’s only because your body is used to slouching. If you work at a desk, you should also stand up and stretch at least once every hour. You’ll be able to keep your posture better as a result.
Reach and Bend with Care.
When bending down to pick something up off the ground or reaching up high, be mindful. When reaching up to a high shelf, avoid arching your back excessively. Instead, use a solid stool or stepladder. Instead of attempting to step down with the object in your arms, especially if it is heavy, ask someone to take it from you. Always bend at the knees, not the back, while picking up objects off the floor, especially if they are heavy. As you pull the thing back up, try to maintain a straight back and a solid foundation by using your core. Never twist when lifting something heavy, and always ask for assistance if you need it
Your lower back and spine are greatly strained especially if you stand all day. You release the tension by choosing certain postures to stand in instead of others. Try standing with your knees bent and one foot slightly in front of the other. You can also switch your weight from your left foot to your right foot or from your toes to your heels. Make sure to maintain a level head so that your earlobes and shoulders are in line. Engage your abs and use those strong core muscles to support your spine even more.
In conclusion, maintaining a healthy spine is essential for overall well-being. Regular exercise, conscious posture, and careful bending and reaching can help prevent back and spinal problems. Kenzie Wellness Centre offers a range of services, including chiropractic care, massage therapy, and naturopathic medicine, that can help you maintain a healthy spine and prevent spinal injuries. Our team of experts can work with you to create a personalized plan to keep your spine healthy and functioning optimally. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start your journey towards a healthier spine.
By: Fargol Sattarian,
Personal Trainer & Kinesiologist