Back problems can happen to you no matter what your vocation is. Stay at home Dad, Soccer Mom, Young and Bustling Professional, Carpenter -- back problems are the great equalizer. The Good Body asserts that 8 out of 10 people in the US will have a back problem at some point in their lives. We'd like to help our patients and readership avoid this fate.
Practice some of these tips below to increase back strength and promote spine health.
You don't really have to drop a bunch of coin on yoga classes every month. If you can fit that into budget, we highly recommend. But there's also a plethora of videos online. Yoga with Adriene is a fantastic resource. She has videos for both seasoned vets and pure beginners. Even if you decide to opt out of yoga, you should incorporate a back-friendly stretch routine into your mornings and evenings.
Tucking in your belly button helps promote great posture while you're sitting at the desk or in the lotus position. If you incorporate deep belly breathing, this helps improve posture and enables nerves in the spine to move through spinal channels. This will cut down on back pain and increase your overall sense of well-being.
Exercising is fine, just make sure you're practicing good form. Push-ups and pull-ups are great for the upper body and help strengthen your back as well. Any time you can get a workout using your body weight, we support that.
Lastly, meditation, cutting down on caffeine, and committing yourself to sticking to a solid sleep routine will all help promote mental clarity, and you'll give your body the time it needs to recharge for the next day.
If your body is feeling anything less than 100%, contact Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc. at (303) 229-5374. We're committed to getting you back on your feet and active again.
It’s likely that if you live in the West, you’ve been snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, or have taken part in some such form of recreation. You’ve even likely taken part personally in some sort of winter activity that is being exhibited in the 2018 Olympic Games (or XXIII Olympic Winter Games, or the more commonly known PyeongChang 2018).
Even if you haven’t, you can fall victim to back pain in the winter. It can happen with something as simple as shoveling snow.
Your muscles stiffen in the cold weather. You might be more likely to sleep in during the winter, which means you might shirk your morning routine and head quickly out the door, off to work. Even in those moments you can experience a back injury that curbs you from being productive.
One way to get your body ready for an activity, or even to start the day, is to take an extra 10-20 minutes to stretch your body. Try to incorporate some yoga-style moves into your mix and you’ll quickly find that it can often be a mini-workout.
If you’re Netflixing a bunch, make sure to get up every episode or two to move positions, maybe to throw a couple of stretch moves. Your friend, roommate, or partner might look at you weird, but so what?
Figure out an at-home exercise routine that works for you, if you don’t feel like sweating it out at the neighborhood gym. Gyms are good for their versatility -- many gyms have pools, yoga and spin classes, basketball courts, and all sorts of variety into your routine. Either way, staying active and engaging your core really helps your back stay in tip-top shape.
Hope some of this helps! But if you need to get straightened out, contact Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center. Our purpose is to help and heal our patients. We treat everyone in your family like they’re family.