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Treat Your Spine with Love

6451978 STaking care of your spine before any problems arise is the first line of defense against back and neck pain. Even for those who already suffer from back issues, the following suggestions can help to reduce symptoms.

Mind and Body

The first thing to remember is the connection between the mind and body. Doing some kind of mindfulness exercise, be it sitting meditation or yoga, keeps you present and reduces stress, which is as underlying factor in many illnesses. You can make almost any activity into a mindfulness meditation. Doing the dishes, cleaning, walking and running can all be forms of meditation. Massage therapy and acupuncture are a couple other ideas to consider for strengthening the mind and body.

Exercise

Your spine is meant to move the body, so getting regular exercise is very important. Walking, raking leaves, working out in the gym and swimming (which takes pressure off all the joints) are a few of the many ways you can get your daily exercise in. Developing an exercise routine is not only good for the spine but also for your overall health. Make time, whether it is an hour or a half hour per day to perform physical activity. It can be hard to start this routine, but it will quickly become a habit.

Sleep

To improve the health of your body and mind, at least seven hours of restful sleep is needed. Having a mattress and pillows that are comfortable and supportive is also important. Sleep with your spine straight, using pillows to support this position if you typically lay on your side.

Heat

Using a heating pad after a long day goes a long way to relaxing the spine. A nice hot shower or bath also helps.

Massage

Indulge yourself and your spine now and then with a massage. A massage can relieve stress and realign the spine while improving circulation, helping muscles recover, and releasing endorphins that make you feel good.

Lifting

Lifting should be done with the legs and hips; never with your back! Keep the chest forward, relax the shoulders and use your knees to prevent pain and damage to your body.

Smoking

Smoking is bad for so many systems and organs in the body, your back and spine among them. As smoking can damage the vascular structures of your joints and spinal disks, degenerative disorders of the spine and back pain can result.

These are just a few ways you can show your spine some love. If you are experiencing frequent and chronic pain, contact Anthony Medical & Chiropractic Center to set up an appointment. Call us at 254-899-2225 today!

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