The weather may soon be turning icy cold, but that doesn’t mean your health has to too! As autumn fades to winter, here are some top tips from our Fareham chiropractor to warm up your back health:
1. Let your spine rest while you’re sleeping
While you’re asleep, the structures in your spine that have worked hard all day finally have a chance to relax and rejuvenate! This is why it’s important that you invest in a good mattress and pillows that support your spine in the most comfortable way.
2.Strengthen your abs and back muscles
Your core muscles need to be strong in order to support your spine and ease the pressure off your lower back. If you don’t exercise your core muscles, talk to a healthcare professional or exercise coach on the best way to start. Your spine will thank you for it, trust us!
3. Wear good shoes
Whether you’re walking for exercise or just strolling around the shops, the shoes you wear play an important role in helping to keep your back healthy. A decent pair of shoes should provide a supportive base that helps to maintain the alignment of your spine and body. When buying new shoes, you should make sure the area of the shoe that fits the back of your heels is secure, but not overly tight. A good fit in the heel area prevents over pronation or supination—or too much rolling of the foot.
4. See a chiropractor
Did you know that chiropractic care has a number of therapeutic benefits in addition to manipulation relief? Chiropractic treatment can help to increase endorphins—the body’s natural painkiller—in your bloodstream. It can also encourage blood flow, which helps to bring healing nutrients to the affected area.
5. Reduce your sitting time
The discs in your lower spine are under 3 times more pressure while sitting than standing. That’s why long periods of sitting can worsen, or even cause, a painful back condition. There’s also the natural tendency to slouch and lean forward when sitting at a desk and/or looking at a screen, which can stress the lumbar discs even more. Make an effort to stand more and sit less; one of the simplest yet effective things you can do to improve the health of your spine.
Take these tips on board now and you may not only enjoy a season of good spine health, but a lifetime of it!