Valentine’s Day has come and gone, it’s not too late to show a little love… to
your spine. It may sound like a silly thought, but spinal health is absolutely
crucial to your overall health and wellbeing. With a few simple steps, you can
take better care of this invaluable part of your body and reap the reward for
years to come. Here’s how:
Get some sleep!
understand that life gets busy, and sleep often takes a backseat to caring for
children, working, cleaning, and yes, scrolling social media. Besides striving
for eight hours of slumber, do the following:
- Sleep on your side
- Try not to sleep on your stomach (this
puts too much pressure on your spine)
- Invest in a supportive mattress
- Look for a pillow that properly aligns
Get active and
maintain a healthy weight.
you focus on maintaining a healthy weight through exercise, you’re
accomplishing two very important components of spinal health. Excess body
weight and a sedentary lifestyle can cause low back pain. The best exercises
focus on three key elements: cardiovascular, stretching, and strengthening.
Tackle both issues, and you’ll be in good shape… literally!
Work towards a healthy
workplace can be a spinal danger zone. If you’re sitting for long periods of
time at a desk, proper ergonomics are key. Here’s an sure fire shortlist to
ensure your spine stays comfortable at work:
a chair with lower back support (put a small supportive pillow on your lower
back if needed)
knees at a 90 degree angle with the floor (adjust your chair if needed)
your desk is at the right height
breaks to get up and walk around every hour
cradle the phone between your ear and shoulder for long periods of time
Listen to your body!
This is the most important
tip. If something feels off, it probably is. Don’t ignore warning signs. Give
Momentum a call if you feel spinal pain coming on. We can work with you to stop
serious pain before it starts.