PTRehab_Having a Healthy Spine Prevents Back Pain

AUGUST 2018 The Therapy Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body PHYSICAL THERAPY & REHAB SPECIALISTS CAN HELP YOU IMPROVE! A HEALTHY SPINE PREVENTS BACK PAIN

How can you improve your spinal health? You think about eating right, exercising and having a healthy heart, but what about your back? Your spine is what gives you the ability to move around, protects your spinal cord and allows you to breathe properly. In fact, almost every function in your body is directly connected to the health of your spine. Therefore, it stands to reason that you should care for your back like you do your heart. Anybody with back pain can tell you that it interferes with your life, but with the right help, back pain can be a thing of the past. Look inside for tips on how to improve your spinal health.

Do you find your back aching and nagging you when you first get up in the morning or after sitting in a chair? You may even notice your back start to bother you while standing for more than 10 minutes or having to walk distances. Back pain can come in different sensations from dull aches, to sharp stabbing pains, or even radiating pain into the legs. The bottom line is with a healthy spine, back pain can be prevented and even reversed. Is your spine healthy? Compare yourself with the ideal healthy spine below to see if your spine has the following: • Good posture and spinal curves • Strong abdominal & core muscles • Strong spinal and gluteus muscles • Good flexibility & balance with side-bending & rotation • Good nutrition & rested well at night

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