Back and neck pain can be the worst, leading to headaches, lack of sleep, and irritation among other things. Neglecting or leaving back and neck pain unchecked can in some cases even lead to chronic pain, joint pain in other areas of the body, migraines, and other worsening conditions, but the bottom line is that you only have one spine and it’s your responsibility to maintain its health and functionality. There are several tips for a healthy spine you can utilize to ensure you are treating your spine the way it deserves to be treated according to the American Chiropractic Association. By acknowledging and applying this information to your life, you too can reduce or be free from spinal pain and discomfort.
If you know you need to stand for any length of time, make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes and standing correctly with one foot just a little bit in front of the other and slightly bent knees to reduce any strain on the spine. Your head should remain as level as possible, with your earlobes and shoulders aligned. If you feel any pain from standing in one place for too long, sway from side to side or back and forth to redistribute your weight.
Lifting, Bending, and Reaching
Lifting can be one of the most dangerous activities for someone with a weak spine. Improper lifting or twisting can cause serious damage and injury, which is one of the reasons why it’s so important to always lift with your legs. If a box or item is too heavy for you to lift, try pushing it with your legs or upper body. Just never try to pull something heavy or the only thing you’ll end up pulling is a muscle in your back. The best thing you can do if you have someone available, is to get some help. Also, never reach for something heavy over your head and shoulders unless you have a stool, and never pick something up by bending over at the waist. Always lift with your legs!
Your spine has a natural curve, so it would makes sense that the best way to sit is in a way that follows that curve. Sit with your head up, your face forward, your spine straight, and your knees below your hips. Slouching is the culprit of most back pain and spinal deformities so it’s best to try and keep it to a minimum as much as possible, or spring for one of the many readily available posture assistance products.
If you’re in pain or hurting while your sleeping, you’re probably doing something wrong. Not all bad sleeping habits are easy to detect. In fact, sleeping on your back might feel the most comfortable, but it can also put excessive weight and pressure on your spine. The best thing to do is to use another pillow, placing it beneath or between your legs while you sleep to help align your spine properly.
As handheld devices become a greater part of our everyday lives, we can sometimes neglect our spinal health for the sake of convenience. The most important thing to remember is to sit up and keep your head straight. This means never holding the phone between your face and shoulder, looking down at your devices screen with your eyes not your neck, and bringing your cell phone up to your face as much as possible.
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