While many of us Spine Professionals spend our day helping others with back pain we thought this week we would offer some advice on how to care for your own back.
Taking care of your spine early on will promote spine health in the future. There are many ways to strengthen and preserve your spine so back pain will not overcome daily activities. Maintaining good posture no matter what activities you are doing will help keep your spine aligned. If you have good posture, you will be able to do other activities, like working out, without back pain.
Sleep can have negative effects on your spine health if done incorrectly. Everyone sleeps differently, but whether you are a back, side or stomach sleeper there are ways to improve. If you sleep on your back, you should sleep with a pillow underneath your knees and lower back. If you sleep on your side you should sleep with a pillow between your legs. Stomach sleepers have the most disadvantages because sleeping on your stomach is least fit way to improve spine health while you sleep, but if you are and avid stomach sleeper, you should snooze with a pillow under your stomach to help align your spine. The point is to keep your body in the straightest line possible even when you’re sleeping.
Exercising is great for your back health. Building muscle and improving your balance will help your spine stay aligned all on its own! Yoga is a great way to stretch your back muscles, improve posture, balance, and blood circulation. Have your doctor do a scoliosis check at yearly check-ups. Stretch when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed. All of these examples will help you promote your spine health in order to avoid chronic pain or surgeries in the future.