Your back is a complex and miraculous structure composed of bones, muscles, nerves, and other tissues that work hard to keep your body standing up straight and sending information from your nervous system to your brain. Unfortunately, this amazing structure is also extremely vulnerable to chronic pain.
Once you develop chronic back pain, it’s very likely that you will go on to suffer from it for the rest of your life. Chronic back pain can cause problems beyond the obvious agony it inflicts. It can cost you in terms of your financial well-being from the time missed at work; it can lead to personality changes that can affect your personal relationships with family and friends; it can even lead to disability or addiction as you try to stave off the pain. The key to avoiding this future is to learn how to care for your back now, before trouble ever begins.
Caring For Your Whole Body
Fortunately, the same steps that you take for back health will impact other parts of your body as well. Keeping your back healthy involves the same basic work that’s required to keep the rest of your body strong, supple and active. Here are a few of the ways you can give your spine the love it deserves:
- Talk with your chiropractor about developing a regular exercise plan. Regular workouts will relieve the pressure from your back, strengthen the muscles that support it and keep your weight in check.
- Practice good posture. It doesn’t matter if you’re standing, sitting or sleeping- there’s a right and a wrong way to arrange your body. Try to keep your spine in its natural “S” shape and avoid hunching forward.
- Quit smoking. Smoking reduces the oxygen levels in your body that are necessary for keeping your muscles and bones healthy. It also does a number on every organ in your body and makes you look and feel older.
- Stretch regularly. If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or driving, you should incorporate stretching exercises that you can safely do while attending to your work. If it’s at all possible, try to take frequent breaks to stretch your body.
- Try to relax. Tension accentuates all of the minor aches and pains that you normally feel and makes them hurt even more. It also has a bad influence on your posture and the healthy living choices that you make.
- Don’t ever ignore pain in your back. Visit your chiropractic team on a regular basis and keep them informed of any changes that you feel. If you have sudden, severe back pain or minor back pain that lasts longer than a few days, call your chiropractor for an appointment.
If you have questions about how you can care for your back, or any other part of your body, don’t hesitate to call your chiropractor. He or she can teach you about exercise and proper nutrition that will keep your entire body running effectively for years to come.
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