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Everyday Tips to Protect Your Spine

The spine is commonly referred to as “the tree of life.” Picture the spine as the trunk of the tree, holding up your body and relaying information to your brain or its roots. Similarly, when there is damage done to the trunk of a tree, it affects how the tree grows and functions, much like the human body. Anyone who has experienced back pain before knows that it most definitely affects how they function when compression occurs to their spine

The American Chiropractic Association estimates that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives. Here are a few ways you can protect your “tree trunk” every day so it does not affect you.

Stretch

Stretching regularly is often a component to exercise that gets overlooked. However, well-stretched muscles are less prone to injury. The spine itself is more flexible than you think, and 120 muscles support it. If muscles are stiff and tight, it can restrict joint mobility and cause sprains and strains.

Like any exercise regimen, it is best to consult with your doctor before performing any stretches to target specific areas of pain.

Strengthen Core Muscles

When people hear the term “core,” they frequently think of their abdominal muscles. While they are a significant component of that, they aren’t the only ones.

Your core muscles can include your abs, obliques, latissimus dorsi (upper back), paraspinal, pelvic floor, and gluteus muscles.

Now, how does strengthening those protect your spine? Well, having weak core muscles can’t support the spine properly, leading to poor posture and potential injury.

Again, if you are looking for a strengthening routine, it is best to do so with expert supervision.

Postural Awareness

A large percentage of people work at a desk, and that number increased over the last year as people began to work from home more frequently. It’s very easy when working at a computer to have poor posture. People will slouch with their shoulders rolled forward and neck extended forward as well. In fact, you may even be straightening in your chair as you are reading this.

Poor desk posture can overwork your neck and back muscles, causing joint stiffness and a significant amount of pain. Being aware of your posture will improve your spinal support and prevent future injury.

Tools like ergonomic chairs are incredibly beneficial for posture and spinal support. It is also helpful to adjust your chair height so that your knees are level with your hips. You can also use a foot support if necessary.

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