5 Everyday Habits to
Improve Your Spinal Health
You might think getting back in shape and staying healthy is all about going to the gym. But it turns out that simply changing your everyday habits can have a tremendous impact on your health. Exercise is important, too, but taking care of your body is a full-time job. In fact, changing your habits may be enough to affect profound change, such as alleviating chronic back or neck pain.
The team at Symmetry Health Center in Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda, CA want to be your partners when it comes to getting and staying healthy. To us, that starts with ensuring you have proper spinal alignment and good spinal health. Take a look at 5 simple ways you can improve your spinal health by changing up your routine:
- Break up prolonged periods of sitting by standing and walking: Experts say that sitting for long periods of time causes many of the back and neck pain problems people experience. In fact, it’s recommended to get up and walk around every ten minutes. This is great, moderate exercise you can work into your day. Make sure you’re walking properly with your head held high and your shoulders back. Walking with bad form won’t help spinal health!
- Stop sleeping on your stomach: A full night’s sleep is good for your health. But sleeping on your stomach can be the root cause of back and neck pain. Avoid this by sleeping on your side, allowing the spine to be in a neutral position. Make sure that you have a firm, supportive mattress as well.
- Be aware of your posture while sitting and standing: We all know that good posture is important. Don’t slouch or hunch over while sitting or standing. Make sure that your head is up with your shoulders back for both sitting and standing. While sitting, make sure that your feet both touch the floor.
- Drink water more frequently: Hydration is crucial to every aspect of your health. Drinking water is necessary for your spine to function well. This is especially important at night, when the disks in your spine rehydrate. When your spine doesn’t function well, your entire central nervous system is affected.
- Stretch and stay active: While standing, try stretching to the sides every once in a while. Some moderate, gentle exercise like yoga can be helpful too. Positions such as cat/cow – in which you are on your hands and knees with your neck arched – are particularly helpful. Lying down and bringing each knee to your chest will also be beneficial.
If you have back and neck problems, you can do something about it. Spinal adjustments combined with lifestyle changes have proved effective for many patients. The expert team at Symmetry Health Center in Berkeley, Alameda, and Oakland, CA know how to help restore your health. That’s why we use Chiropractic BioPhysics, a program designed to deliver results for every patient’s unique problems. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.