1. Be careful about warning signs like spinal pain. Although occasional back pain is common, it could be an indication of a more serious health issue and you should seek medical attention to correct the symptoms.
2. Sleep is important to your spinal column and to your overall health. Getting enough sleep and sleeping on your side or your back, and not stomach is imperative. Invest in a pillow and supportive mattress to promote proper alignment of the neck.
3. Stretching helps the neck and back. Keeping flexible will also maintain normal functioning of your joints and an excellent range of motion, while reducing chances of body injury. Most back pain problems arise from tight hamstrings. You can remedy this (and promote spinal health) by stretching out your body every so often.
4. Staying active helps maintain proper health and wellness. Swim, bike, walk, and visit the gym regularly. The best exercise regimen should combine aerobic activity, strengthening, and stretching.
5. Stay hydrated to maintain fluidity in the joints and soft tissue elasticity. The spinal discs are highly vulnerable to the loss of hydration. If they sink, you will be prone to painful disc conditions such as ruptures and bulging. Additionally, when the spine loses its protective padding, you will lose structural health.
6. Work smart to reduce stress on the upper and lower back. Stress leads to a recurrence of sciatica, carpal tunnel, stiff backs and headaches. Choose work spaces that are set up for your functionality and height. Your chair should also provide proper back support.
7. Be careful when lifting any object. It is easy to twist your body the wrong way and cause damage to your spine. If the item is too heavy, get help instead of trying to lift it on your own.
8.Quit Smoking. Smokers are more prone to have serious back pain. This is because nicotine restricts blood flow towards the discs along the spinal column that act as a cushion to your vertebrae.
9. While standing, ensure that one foot is placed before the other one as far as possible and bend the knees slightly to take pressure off the lower back.
10. Take regular breaks from computers and phones. Working on illuminated screens for extended periods will create strain on the neck, leading to neck pain.
To better health,
Dr. Ryan Overton
Life should be comfortable!
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