5 TIPS FOR A HEALTHY SPINE AND HAPPY BACK
For many people, part of ageing means a sore lower back after waking up. Your spine is a pretty important part of your body, so years of bad posture or neglect can start to take their toll. It isn’t just age, however. Anyone can experience a sore back that can be painful and uncomfortable, no matter the age.
Below are five helpful tips for a healthy spine and a happy back:
SLEEP WELL, BUT DON’T NEGLECT TO LET YOUR SPINE REST
Our previous article discussed healthy sleeping positions, so that’s a great place to start in order to get a good night’s sleep for your back health. Don’t forget about your spine, however, and ensure that you’re fully supported whether you sleep on your back or on your side.
If you sleep on your back, try placing a small pillow underneath your knees to alleviate much of the stress placed on your lower back. If you sleep on your side, try placing a pillow between your thighs and knees to encourage a more balanced and natural spinal position whilst sleeping.
WEAR COMFY SHOES
Essential shoes are a must, and most of our mothers have probably rattled this to us as younguns ourselves. Great shoes get noticed, but they’re quite obviously important for their function, too. Shoes that fit snugly, but not too tightly, help maintain proper posture whilst standing, walking, and sitting.
Make sure that the shoe fits properly first and foremost, but also ensure that the heel is tight enough too without being too tight. The improper posture from the heels can lead to pronation or supination which could have a negative impact on your spine.
DO CORE EXERCISES THAT STRENGTHEN YOUR BACK
It is possible to improve your back’s health at the gym, but of course you don’t want to do any lifting with the back itself directly as this can have catastrophic effects. Core muscle exercises and ab exercises help keep a strong body which can support the spine by relieving pressure on the lower back.
SIT COMFORTABLY AND IN AN ERGONOMIC MANNER
As with purchasing good quality shoes, your back stands to benefit from a great, ergonomic office chair for the daily grind. It’s all too normal to slouch over and to work in positions that aggravate back pain or that lead to lower back problems, so correct it with good habits and a comfortable office chair that maintains your proper posture and that provides you with a comfortable viewing/typing angle to your keyboard and mouse.
GET CHIROPRACTIC ASSISTANCE AND RESTORE MOBILITY
Get in touch with us at Better Backs if you’re experiencing acute back pain or suffer from chronic back pain and our team of professionals will endeavour to alleviate and treat your back pain to get you back in action.