Tips on Keeping Your Spine Happy

Without the spine, we wouldn’t be able to stand upright, walk, and partake in all sorts of activities. But, the spine is also vulnerable to injury. Whether due to overuse, wear, and tear, or a sudden accident, spinal pain can quickly derail your day. 

Follow these top tips to keep your spine happy and healthy, both now and in the future. 

Prioritize Good Posture. 

Maintaining a good posture while you stand, sit, and exercise keeps your spine in alignment and reduces the strain on crucial spinal structures. It’s all too easy to forget about your posture, but making it a priority throughout the day will pay off in the long run. 

To stand with good posture, stand straight with your shoulders back. Make sure that your head is level and in line with the rest of your body. Additionally, ensure that your feet are shoulder-width apart, and your abdomen is pulled in. 

To sit with good posture, make sure that your back is straight, and your shoulders are back. Scoot back so that your buttocks are touching the back of the chair. If your chair doesn’t provide adequate lower back support, position a small pillow or a rolled towel behind your lower back. 

Stay Active Throughout The Day. 

Exercising regularly (at least 30 minutes per day) can help keep your spine mobile and strengthen the muscles that support the spine. If you sit at a desk during the workday, make sure to stand up and walk around periodically to prevent muscle tension. 

Maintain a Healthy Weight. 

Even a few pounds of extra weight can significantly strain the spine. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight will help keep your spine healthy by reducing daily wear and tear. This tip can also help you avoid ongoing back pain. 

Florida Wellness Medical Group offers a range of treatment options to help you overcome spinal pain, including physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!