People nowadays are becoming more vigilant about taking good care of their bodies and overall health. Perhaps you’ve been exercising regularly and eating healthy… but have you ever given a thought to whether your spine is healthy or not? Even after doing proper exercises, you always feel a slight pain in the back or in the neck. These are some of the signs that indicate that your spine is not healthy. Slight pain in the neck or back can indicate that you might be suffering from spinal stenosis, a herniated disc, or strained muscles These are some underlying problems that people generally ignore if the pain is not severe. Meanwhile, the functioning of your spine might also deteriorate with age.
Is Your Spine Healthy?
- If you have a problem moving your neck properly and experience stiffness, you might have a joint misalignment and a reduction in your range of motion.
- If you observe that your foot flares out while you are walking then it is a possible sign that your upper neck, spine, hips, and ankles are not aligned properly or your spine is not healthy.
- If you get exhausted or experience fatigue easily, then it means that your spine might not be healthy– it can be having a negative impact on your nervous system as you feel a loss of energy too often.
- If you are suffering from frequent headaches, sore muscles, or joint pain, then it is likely that your spine is misaligned and not in a healthy state.
If your spine is not healthy you should consult a chiropractor before the problem(s) aggravates and other serious issues develop.
What Will The Chiropractor Do?
Well-trained and experienced chiropractors examine your body and ask you to undergo some physical tests. These tests and your medical history help them to know the root cause of your problems. You should then receive customized treatment in order to feel better.
How Can You Keep Your Spine Healthy?
#1 Provide Proper Rest For Your Spine While Sleeping:
When you sleep or lay down, you allow all the parts of the spine that have worked hard all day to just rest. During this time, your spine gets the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate. To ensure that your spine gets proper rest, you need a proper pillow and mattress. These items support your spine and keep it aligned in a healthy way. So when you wake up, you should feel fresh, active, and… not exhausted.
If you are a back sleeper, then you should place a pillow beneath the knees to reduce stress on the lower back. This will help in relieving stress and also keep your hips in a balanced position. You can even use a neck pillow to provide support and comfort to the cervical spine.
#2 Exercise To Strengthen Your Muscles:
You need to perform exercises that strengthen your core muscles, which include your lower back and abdominal muscles. Core exercises help keep your spine healthy and increase its functional efficiency.
#3 Get Regular Massage:
Experienced chiropractors can provide you with therapeutic massage. With massage, you can increase the flow of blood in your body, loosen tight muscles, and provide strength to the connective tissues (ligaments, tendons). Make sure your massage is relaxing (and not too vigorous). Massage offers relief from stress and anxiety and helps keep your spine healthy.
People often focus on improving their overall health but miss out on the small things that can actually cause issues in the future. Back pain or neck pain are problems that do not appear very serious in the beginning, but, with time and age, problems increase. So, to avoid such problems in the first place, you need to ensure that your spine is healthy. Visiting the chiropractor regularly helps ensure your spine is in good alignment and healthy.