Caring For Your Spine

 In Physical Therapy

Your body relies on your spine for movement. Without your spine connecting your brain to the rest of your body, organs quit their functions, nerves fail to alert various parts of your body to move and bladder control fails.

Simple activities work to keep your spine healthy:

  • Sleep on a mattress that works with your spine. During REM sleep your body relaxes completely. If the mattress you’re sleeping on doesn’t provide enough support for your spine, the muscles heal in the wrong formation. This results in pain, tenderness and tightness in the upper or lower back the next morning. Throughout the day the body works to correct itself by cracking the bones, resulting in further damaging the spine and causing irreparable breakage to the nervous system.
  • Wear proper shoes. Poorly made shoes work against the natural alignment of your spine by allowing the soles of your feet to turn inwards and absorb more shock during activity than they should. Shoes that offer support work with gravity to absorb the movement of the spine during walking or running. They prevent the sole of the foot from rolling, which protects the vertebrae of the spine from bending outside of a healthy formation.
  • Workout your core: By strengthening your abs and back muscles, you ensure that your spine has all the tools it needs to stay healthy and regain composure during times of pain or intensity. Working out these muscles 20 minutes a day  guarantees pressure and stress relief.
  • Avoid sitting on the job: When sitting at the office or at home, make sure to keep your back straight. Leaning forward stresses lumbar disks in the spine. However, your back has curves, so let your back relax into its natural shape when needed. Avoid sitting for 30 or more minutes straight, as the spine needs movement and activity to stay healthy and alert.

Following these simple activities and tasks protects your spine against the wear and tear of aging, vigorous activity and physical limitations.

For more information on caring for your spine from the experts at Owens Physical Therapy Specialists, please contact us here or call us directly at 616.956.0400.

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