Happy New Year! As we leave 2020 behind, many people are making resolutions for 2021. Fitness and health are often at the top of these lists. This is a good time to think about your back. Caring for your back isn't a one-and-done task: it's ongoing, and is crucial to your health and well-being. After all, your spine is your lifeline! Proper posture is key, but good back care doesn’t stop there. Here, a chiropractor lists some ways to keep your back healthy this year.
Did you know that sleeping poorly can cause or contribute to back problems? If you've been considering upgrading your mattress, this is the year to do it. An old or soft mattress that sags won’t provide the support needed for proper rest. You can also make small adjustments. For instance, if you sleep on your side, try putting a pillow between your knees.
There's only one rule that applies to almost everyone when it comes to exercise: everybody needs some. How much activity you need, and what type you need, will depend on a variety of factors, including your age, weight, health, and, of course, personal preferences. That said, a good exercise regimen will help strengthen the muscles that support your spine. Ask your doctor and chiropractor for specific recommendations.
Have you ever strained your back by trying to move or lift something? Even if you haven't, you likely know someone who did. Always use proper posture--and, if necessary, equipment--when moving things, regardless of how heavy they are.
Get Proper Footwear
Since your body balances on your feet, making sure that your weight is being supported is absolutely crucial. Poor-fitting shoes can cause you to roll your foot out or in, which can wreak havoc on your back.
Get Regular Massages
Massages not only help relax you, they ease muscle tension, improve mobility, and help with circulation, all of which in turn contribute to a healthy spine. Don’t consider them a luxury: they’re really good for you!
Don't Ignore Pain
It's very important to listen to your body. If you're feeling pain, tightness, or reduced mobility, address it immediately. Chiropractic care can help with many of these issues. Contact us for a consultation today!
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