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5 Tips For A Healthy Spine

Each year back pain effects millions of people in the United States. As a result, many people see their quality of life diminish. Hobbies cannot be enjoyed, workdays are missed, and sports and leisure activities hindered.

However, there is good news too! By taking several simple steps now, we can all improve the health of our back and neck, and diminish our chances of developing spine problems later in life.

Our medical team is committed to helping our patients become healthy! As a result, our medical team will not just focus on your spinal condition, but we'll also suggest steps you can take to improve your spine's overall health.

We invite you to review the following five tips for a healthy spine, and hope that you'll build them into your daily life. You'll never regret making these changes!

Tip #1: "Lift light and lift right"
We all put immense stresses on our spine daily. Whether you are reaching into your car to pick-up a child, loading grocery bags into your trunk, or digging weeds in your yard, your back endures a daily assault-course. Each time we lift too much, or lift in an awkward way, we risk injury to our spine. To minimize your chances of injury from lifting, follow these easy steps:

Tip #2: Stand tall Good posture helps your spine!
However, poor posture can damage the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments. A hunched stance places abnormal stress on muscles and ligaments, causes backache and fatigue, and can even cause the spine to become fixed in an abnormal position.

So, if you want your spine to feel healthier, and you want to look better, follow these two simple pointers for good posture:

Tip # 3: Work smart
Many of us spend hours each day working at a computer terminal. Poorly designed workspaces can wreak havoc on your back and neck. If you're ending your days at work with headaches or backache, check the following guidelines for a "back healthy" work environment.

Tip # 4: Start moving
Exercise is critical for keeping your back healthy. Even a few minutes of exercise each day can greatly help your back and neck. Under the direction of a physician or exercise expert, build an exercise routine that combines stretching, strengthening and aerobic activity. Our medical staff is always pleased to help patients develop safe and worthwhile exercise plans.

Tip # 5: And so to bed
Most people spend one third of their life in bed! A bad mattress, or an unhealthy sleeping position can be a significant cause of back pain. Here are some guidelines for sleeping in a way that will help your back and neck: