Most of us may not realize just how important the spine really is but awareness sets in quickly when back or neck pain make everyday routines a challenge.
If you just have a few twinges here and there, consider yourself lucky, and do everything that you can to keep your spine happy.
The American Chiropractic Association tells us about 80 percent of the population encounters spinal pain at some point in life.
Smoking, carrying extra weight and lifting heavy objects without taking precautions, accounts for many of the spinal pain cases.
Keeping Your Spine Happy
If you would rather take the high road and keep your spine happy, a good first step might be a visit to your local chiropractor, The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint spinal health is a prime focus.
Starting with a spinal adjustment to evaluate your spine and correct any misalignments, licensed chiropractors will be working to help you maintain spinal health and relieve pain without pain medications or surgery. Along with the adjustment, your chiropractor will want to hear about your daily activities, medical history and any current pain. From there the two of you can work out a plan to solve any pain that you have and work to keep the spine healthy in the future.
Your chiropractor might also suggest using tips like these from ACA to keep your spine happy.
- Standing – Keep one foot slightly in front of the other, with knees slightly bent. This takes the pressure off of your low back. Never stand bent forward at the waist. The muscles in the lower back lose their effectiveness and could trigger pain.
- Sitting – Keep your knees slightly higher than your hips. Avoid slouching and try to maintain the natural curve in your lower back.
- Lifting – Do not bend over at the waist to pick up things. Kneel on one knee as close to the item as possible, keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Or bend at the knee and lift with your legs, not your back. Always keep the item as close to the body as possible.
- Carrying – Keep heavy objects close to your body and distribute the weight whenever possible. Always make sure totes are no more than 10 percent of a person’s body weight with weight supported by both shoulders.
If you would like to firm up an overall approach to your spinal health, your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic can help. The Joint makes it simple with no insurance hassle and flexible weekday, weekend and evening hours. Stop in soon and find out about the affordable care plan. Walk-in visits are welcome.
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