There’s no doubt about it: your spinal column is an extremely important part of your body. Your spinal column supports you, keeps you upright, and helps you move. That’s why it’s especially important to treat it right.
In the following article, we’ll learn some tips for keeping your spine healthy.
Some information about your spine
Your spinal column is the most important structure in your body with joints. It starts at the base of your skull and extends to the top of your hips. That means that it goes up and down your entire back. Your spine is divided into 5 regions:
- Cervical: seven vertebrae (C1 to C7)
- Thoracic: twelve vertebrae (T1 to T12)
- Lumbar: five vertebrae (L1 to L5)
- Sacral: five vertebrae (S1 to S5)
- Coccyx: four or five vertebrae
All of the areas in your spine have a particular job, but together they all keep you upright, mobile, and give you good posture. And if that’s not enough, your spine is the path your nervous system travels through.
How to have a healthy spine
If you want to have a healthy spine that doesn’t hurt and doesn’t cause any problems, here’s some practical advice:
Practice good posture.
Keep your back straight at all times. This may be when you’re at work, on the metro, on the sofa, or in class. By doing this, you can help keep your spine healthy.
Auto-correct your posture. Tighten and contract your stomach and align it with your abdomen. Imagine that the back of your head is attached to a string that is pulling you upwards, and your spine has to be straight because of this string.
There are many techniques for maintaining a good posture. They may involve using more cushions, using an ergonomic seat, putting a board on the back of your chair, using a girdle…the list goes on.
No matter what, your shoulders should be slightly pulled back. They should also be allowed to fall to your sides.
When we have bad posture, the nerves in our back can get “pinched.” This happens because the nerves go between the vertebrae. This not only causes pain, but also creates circulation problems and contributes to a loss of energy.
Because of this, you probably lack energy, are depressed, tired, or are in a bad mood if you tend to slouch.
Try to sit up straight every time you’re in front of your computer or at your desk. You can use a sticky note to remind yourself.
First of all, it’s important to note that not all exercises are good for your back. Your movements have to help keep your back and stomach muscles healthy, strong, and toned. After all, these are the muscles that support your spine.
Abdominal, lumbar, and low-impact exercises help you to tone your spinal column while relaxing it. You can also practice yoga, and the best exercise for overall back health is swimming.
Stretch for 10 minutes a few times (and at lease once) per day.
Here’s a good way to stretch your back: First, interlace your fingers. Then push the top of your chest forward. This should make your back look something like a “C”. Stretch your arms as far forward as you can. Repeat this exercise five times.
Avoid accumulating toxins.
There’s a big relationship between what you eat and how your back feels. This goes beyond both posture or exercise.
It’s important that you maintain a healthy diet that doesn’t include problem foods. These kinds of food include fatty, refined, sugary, fried, and fast foods.
All of these foods cause you to store toxins around your spine. The toxins can then create complications and various kinds of discomfort.
Make sure to include healthy foods in your diet. These foods include vegetable juices, dry fruits like almonds, fatty fish like salmon, raw fruits, and drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day. This helps you to get rid of any toxins you may have in your body.
Get rid of extra weight.
The majority of obese people have both back problems and back pains. This is because when you weigh more, your back has to do more work to support your body. This causes spinal tension and pain.
If you are very overweight, go on a diet to get rid of some pounds.
Get localized massages.
When a specific area of your back hurts, see a masseuse to treat the pain. However, keep in mind that you don’t need to wait until the pain is excruciating.
Some people have weekly preventative massage sessions. These sessions can help to tone the muscles in your back. They also relieve tension in your back even if it just appeared and is only small and light.
Shiatsu, bioenergetic, and relaxation massages are the three most recommended. They tone the muscles around your vertebrae, get rid of accumulated toxins, and get rid of spinal pressure.
Don’t carry heavy objects.
If your job requires carrying heavy objects, always use a weight belt. If you occasionally have to lift heavy objects at home, be careful how you do it.
The best technique is to bend your knees, bring your behind as close to the ground as possible, then grab what you have to lift in your arms as if you were hugging it.
Stretch your knees a little and return to a standing position.
Take natural supplements.
There are several supplements you can take to help your back. Among the most beneficial are magnesium, calcium, spirulina, brewer’s yest, linseed and vegetable oils.
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