Although chiropractors love to see their patients, they love it even more when their patients are healthy and out living their happy, active lives.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, “the spine is quite good at dealing with back injuries. Minor injuries usually heal within a day or two. Some pain, however, continues. What makes it last longer is not entirely understood, but researchers suspect that stress, mood changes and the fear of further injury may prevent patients from being active and exacerbate the pain.”
Back pain is the most common reason patients visit their chiropractors, but there are some easy steps you can take to keep your back health and pain-free before a visit to the chiropractor is necessary.
First, maintain a healthy weight. The less unnecessary weight and pressure you put on your bones, the better.
And to help you maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy diet!
When lifting heavy objects, lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
Stay active and avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
Before you’re active, though, make sure you properly stretch and prepare your body for activity.
As pretty as your favorite high-heeled shoes may be, they’re not very good for your back. Find yourself some pretty – and sensible – lower-heeled shoes to wear on a regular basis.
When it’s time to get home and get into bed, make sure you’re sleeping on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
Over the coming weeks, we’re going to take a closer look at some of these steps to keep you and your back as healthy as possible!