You only get one spine, and that can be a sad fact of reality to some. But others who choose to be conscious of their bodies and take charge of their wellness can start taking an interest in their spine health at any stage in life.
Read on to learn a few ways that you can keep your spine healthy, because your spine is at the center of everything, in charge of support of your body as well as protection of your internal organs and central nervous system.
As promised, here are a few ways you can increase your spine health on a daily basis.
Let Your Spine Rest
When you sleep, make sure that all of your spine structures are in a comfortable (and supported) resting position. Choice of pillows and mattress is entirely up to your preference, but your body will tell you quickly what it likes and does not like. You want the right blend of comfort and support.
Engage That Core of Yours
It's important to work and engage your core muscles as they are rarely used in everyday activities. Try targeted exercises, many of which you can do at home, in the office, or outside during a lunch break. People might look at you weird, but who cares? This is your wellness we're talking here. Your core is your midsection; it involves all muscles in that area (including the traverse abdominis (TVA), the obliques, lower lats, and your erector spinae. Your core acts as a stabilizer for your entire body.
Wear Good Shoes
Many of us are guilty of going cheap when it comes to work shoes. However, the fact that many of us work 40-60 hour work weeks, this can be a bad idea. Make sure to spring for shoes that provide good lower back support. Having a good base keeps your spine in line. Consider orthotics or inserts if you need more balance and support.
Another great way to take care of your spine is to visit your experienced chiropractor near you. Barton Chiropractic Clinic provides chiropractic care treatments year-round, for patients of all fitness levels and from all walks of life.
It's a common misconception that only those who are more advanced in age seek chiropractic care. On the contrary, taking care of one's spine and nervous system is a lifelong pursuit that should be considered as early as possible.
Chiropractic care can prove especially beneficial during a person's developmental years.
Let's for a moment think of our central nervous systems (consisting of brain and spinal cord) like a big fuse box. Subluxations (blown fuses in the fuse box) can cause reactions like bed wetting, constipation, colic, ear infections, torticollis, sleeping problems, acid reflux, and more. Subluxations can happen due to trauma, stress, injury, even chemical stress from certain types of medication. Subluxations need to be corrected with safe and effective chiropractic adjustments just like they would with an older person.
Build Happy Little Trees
Think about a young person as a little tree growing. You love that tree, that's why you want it to grow nice and straight -- that way the tree is as strong and as sturdy as it can be. Helping that tree grow correctly from its early stages of growth seems like the right thing to do, right?
Chiropractors offer drug-free treatments, pain relief that lasts for the long haul. We're all about keeping our patients active and healthy at Barton Chiropractic Clinic, no matter the age.
Contact a Chiropractic Care Specialist in Homewood, IL
Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule your consultation or your child's consultation. We'll get you back to active in no time, no matter your age. We provide our services to a widely diverse patient base from our community.
Barton Chiropractic Clinic would like to go over some ways that our patients and readership can take care of their back and spine as a way to reduce or eliminate lower back pain, which is prevalent among both sexes and all ages.
Being concerned about your back and spine should be a lifelong pursuit. All too often people only start thinking about their spine health when they start to experienced more advanced age.
Below we'll go over some ways to reduce or eliminate back injury and lower back pain. However, if you have back, neck, or spine pain that persists beyond taking the following measures, contact us for a consultation and we'll get to the bottom of it.
Engage Your Core
We know, we say this all the time, but it's true! If you engage in exercises that work your core, you'll build strong muscles which are important for lower back support -- which will help you avoid injuries down the road. Low-impact cardio will also help increase blood flow to your spine -- as well as transport healing nutrients and hydration to lower back structures.
Use Good Posture
When you slouch, you're putting your spine in an unnatural position which can cause pressure and result in degenerated discs. Using an ergonomic chair is a really good idea -- see if your boss can spring for one. If you're the boss, go ahead and spring for one!
Life Correctly and With Caution
Don't be the hero and don't hold heavy objects away from your body. Instead, bring boxes and objects in close to lift. Lift with your legs -- not with your back.
If you have stubborn lower back pain that seems like it won't go away, contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today. We'll get you back to active in no time.
If you're a runner, a lifter, or a person who engages in any sort of strenuous activity, you've likely wondered if stretching is really necessary before, during, or after a workout.
The American College of Sports Medicine believes that it's a good idea to stretch each major muscle group 2x or more weekly for 60 seconds per exercise. The idea is to stay flexible as a way to improve performance and avoid injury.
Stretching Now Will Help Later
Regular stretching will help ensure that your hips and hamstrings stay flexible and pliable as you advance in age. If you sit in one position most of the day, stretching the opposite direction will help your spine and back.
To Stretch Before or After a Workout
The best time to stretch is when your muscles are warmed-up and pliable, maybe during a hot yoga class, or right after exercising, like a brisk walk or a run. It is believed that stretching strenuously before your workout can decrease explosiveness and reduce performance.
How Long do I Hold This?
Holding your stretches for 15-30 seconds is a good idea. Dynamic stretching -- like the cat-camel stretch -- can be used to move a muscle group through a fluid range of motion to add dimension to your stretching routine.
The perfect companion piece to your stretch routine is Barton Chiropractic Clinic. We offer chiropractic care treatments that will help you stay active for the long haul and avoid injuries down the road. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.
Barton Chiropractic Clinic treats a wide patient base, providing drug-free chiropractic care and wellness services that help our clients get active again while unlocking new potential in the mind and body. So much is riding on your spine -- it's connected to your body and your brain.
Getting an adjustment or other types of treatments will help correct misalignment (subluxations) found in a patient's vertebrae, subluxations which can end up disrupting your brain/body communication system. Chiropractic care can make a HUGE difference in anyone's overall health, especially as we advance in age, which is why chiropractic treatment might be the perfect gift for Dad this Father's Day. Here are a few reasons why.
Because He's Likely Neglecting Himself
Dad might be one of those old-school guys who will live and continue to work with an ache or an injury until it becomes a more serious issue. That's where you can step in and get him the treatment he needs but would never ask for.
Because Life Brings About Wear and Tear
It doesn't matter what you do, work and routine are bound to have an impact on your back and spine. Even those of us who sit for long periods of time are at risk for back and spine problems. Chiropractic treatment is not only a preventive treatment, but it also becomes necessary to maintain the body and stay active for patients of a certain age.
Because He's Earned It
Likely, Dad works hard. And, many times, he's not doing the work out of selfishness. It's never really about him. That's why on Father's Day, Barton Chiropractic Clinic's signature chiropractic treatments can be the perfect gift, where the focus on totally on Dad for a change. It's the gift he might not even know he wants. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.