Advanced Wellness: 5 Keys To A Healthy Spine

Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring For Your Body

Vol 2. Ed. 8

Don’t Let Back Pain Slow You Down This Summer! 5 KEYS TO A HEALTHY SPINE

1. Give your lower back a break. Sitting is the position that puts the most pressure on your lower back. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you are limiting your sitting to about 30 minutes at a time. Take frequent breaks and try to incorporate standing and walking into your routine – your lumbar spine will thank you for it! 2. Protect your spine with better posture. How you sit, stand, stretch, and lift all play a role in the pressure you put on your spine. We all know to bend with our knees – not our back – when lifting, but how often do we really do it? When picking up items from the floor or low shelves, make sure you are really bending down deep with your knees to avoid putting stress on your spine. When walking and sitting, imagine a string pulling you up straight from the top of your head. This brings your neck, shoulders, and back into better alignment. 3. Tighten your core muscles. Your core muscles are made up of your abdominal muscles, spinal muscles, and pelvic/hip muscles. It’s very common for these muscles to weaken with prolonged sitting, before/after pregnancy, and after surgeries or injuries. Strengthening your core muscles can go a long way in providing the necessary muscular support to your spine. Make sure to consult a Physical Therapist to discuss which exercises work best for your personal needs. (continued inside)

Inside:

• 5 Keys To A Healthy Spine • Clinician Spotlight • Patient Testimonials • Physical Therapy Can Save You From The Cost & Pain Of Surgery

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