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Tips for a Healthy Back

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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!

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Comments (7)

  1. I like that you said that the less unnecessary weight and pressure you put on your bones, the better. It might be a good idea to speak with a professional about weight loss and chiropractic needs. If I was having problems with my back I would want to know that I was going to be able to contact a professional as soon as I needed them.

  2. I like that you mention staying active. My dad is looking to hire a chiropractor but needs other tips. I’ll be sure to talk to him about staying active.

  3. Alexandria Martinez - Reply

    My fiance was feeling some back pain the other day. He has been thinking about going into chiropractic care to have someone professionally trained check him out. On top of this, I will suggest he get active and avoid prolonged inactivity.

  4. Thanks for going over some tips for having a healthy back. I actually didn’t know that you should try to avoid bed rest and be active. It sounds like something you need to make a habit of, especially if you have a desk job.

  5. I like what you said about preparing your body for activity. I recently hurt myself while at the gym and overexerting myself while keeping a bad posture. I’m thinking I should go see a chiropractor soon that can help me figure out what I can do so that I don’t injure myself next time.

  6. It got my attention when you mentioned that lower heeled shoes are better because the frequent use of high heeled shoes is not good for the back. If that is the case, then I think I need to visit the chiropractor instead, for now, because I am required to wear high-heeled shoes for my job. Though I will try to appeal to my boss because my back is getting a little bit sore because of my posture. Thank you for pointing this out.

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