There are several causes of back pain. It can be a spinal stenosis, herniated disc, strained muscles, an injury from an accident, or poor posture. Whatever the cause is, the pain and discomfort will create an unwelcome disturbance in your life. It can also limit your mobility and give you a hard time sleeping or relaxing.
To prevent back pain, any reliable chiropractor will tell you to keep your spine healthy. There are several ways to do it, and some of them you can do on your own.
Support Your Spine When Sleeping
Your body heals during sleep. This means that it’s the best time to let your spine rest after a tiring day at work. You can do this by providing firm and comfortable support to your back using the right mattress and pillows.
When choosing your pillows and mattress, consider your usual sleeping position and existing neck or back problems. That way, you can sleep in a way that gives your spine a much-needed breather.
Strengthen Your Core Muscles
The muscles in your lower back and abdomen aren’t used frequently during everyday activities. However, they are essential in supporting your spine and keeping it healthy. Otherwise, you may experience lower back pain.
To strengthen your core muscles, you need to exercise to strengthen them. Allot some 20 to 30 minutes every day to stretch out those muscles and strengthen them through specific exercises a chiropractor will choose for you.
Wear Proper Shoes
The types of shoes you wear can also affect the health of your spine. A healthy spine is capable of providing a supportive base for both your spine and body. It keeps everything perfectly aligned. A pair of shoes that is snug at the back of the heels is a good fit. Too much tightness, on the other hand, doesn’t help prevent excessive supination or pronation. If you have balance and support issues, you might as well look for shoe orthotics or inserts.
It’s not only accidents that can affect the health of your spine. Your daily activities and habits can have big impact on it as well. That’s why it’s important to observe proper movement and posture, as well as to exercise regularly. If you feel pain that doesn’t go away and if it starts affecting the quality of your life, consult a chiropractor to see how their treatments can help you find relief without the use of painkillers.
5 Ways to Keep Your Spine Healthy and Happy, Spinehealth.com
Protecting Your Spine, Nof.org