The spine has a vital role in your body, it protects your spinal cord, nerve roots, internal organs, keeps your balance, provides structural support and gives you full flexible motion. If you find yourself with aches and pains, could it be as simple as doing the following?
Know Your Ergonomics
Did you know that lower spinal discs are under a lot more pressure when you sit? If you spend the majority of your day sitting (and possibly slouching), then just making a few simple changes can benefit your spine.
1. Take breaks and walk or move around often, ideally every 20 minutes but no more than 1 hour.
2. Have an ergonomic chair and computer setup. Check out our website for further information.
3. Consider whether you need to be sitting to do an activity, if not consider other options such as standing (eg chopping up food, sorting paperwork, folding the laundry or ironing etc).
Your spine receives its support from your abdominal (stomach) muscles and lower back. If these muscles are weak, your spine suffers. If you need some advice on appropriate beneficial and target exercises to strengthen these muscles, please get in contact.
Wear Quality Footwear
Whether you are going for a jog, walk or your pacing around the office, make sure your shoes are benefiting your spine. Different shoes suit different people, so make sure you get the right advice. We all love thongs, but they offer little support, they are best left for a short stroll to the beach.
After a full day of keeping you upright, your spine needs some rest. For that you need a good supporting mattress on your bed and good pillow that supports your neck. If you are sleeping “funny”or waking up with a sore back, consider if it could be your mattress. Your mattress should enable favorable sleeping positions (not on your stomach). The best pillow and mattress is often a personal choice, but both, should allow your spine and neck to rest in a neutral position. We stock contoured memory foam adjustable pillows.
See a Qualified Practitioner
Your spine is not something you should take for granted. If your struggling with back pain or spinal discomfort, consult a qualified professional. Our chiropractors can identify any problems and recommend a tailored treatment program which may include adjustment, soft tissue, acupuncture, dry needling, taping, rehabilitation and exercise programs.