Taking Care of Your Spine: Part 1
Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Jason Williams, M.D.
Wake up, get ready for the day, go to work, come home, spend time with family, work out, yard maintenance, make dinner, housework, repeat. These are just a few things that consume our days but do you take the time to consider the effects that these daily activities have on your spine? Unless you practice proper body mechanics 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, strengthen your core daily and lucky enough to have amazing pain-free genetics, it is most likely that you will experience #pain in your spine in your lifetime.
The spinal column is the main support for your body. It allows you to stand upright and protects the #SpinalCord from injury. The #spine runs from the top of your #neck all the way down to the buttocks. Disruptions in any part of the spinal column such as bulging or #HerniatedDiscs, degeneration of discs and #BoneSpurs can cause pain. Although we cannot predict #injuries or #accidents, there are many ways to care for and protect the spine.
1) Practice good body mechanics. Many employers, especially labor-intensive jobs, require watching videos or provide handouts or even tools for proper #BodyMechanics while lifting, bending, twisting, crawling crouching, pulling, pushing, etc. Although these tools are helpful, practicing these techniques are imperative to ensure optimal spine safety and care.
2) Core strengthening. When you hear the term “core strengthening”, most people think of that they need to work toward achieving “six-pack abs”. In terms of caring for your spine, this is not the case. A few simple at-home #exercises, low-impact workout programs or a personalized regimen designed by a physical therapist can significantly improve the central part of the body. Adding a few minutes of movement 3-5 times per week will not only strengthen the #core muscles but increase #metabolism and #energy, lower risk of heart disease and #diabetes, and help you lose those few extra pounds.
3) Know your limits. There are many of us who have never experienced debilitating pain. As we get older, our bodies wear out. #Joints start to hurt randomly. We push ourselves to do as much work as we could while in our teens or twenties. Let’s face it, we aren’t getting any younger. Learn your limits. While doing any activity, if you start experiencing significant or lingering pain, stop and evaluate the situation. What may be causing the pain? Does pain occur when you twist, jump, bend, lift? Does it subside after taking Tylenol or applying a topical cream or does the pain linger? Is the pain extreme, constant, sharp, shooting, burning? Some pains can be resolved easily and quickly, but some require further treatments. Know when to stop and know when to ask for help from the medical professionals.
4) Healthy lifestyle. Every person should strive to live a #healthy, well-balanced #
lifestyle. From the foods you eat to incorporating exercise to managing work and finding time for relaxation, a well-balanced lifestyle is imperative to living an active, pain-free, happy life. Make sure to take time to improve and better yourself physically and mentally.
We aim to provide the most conservative treatment options for spine care. If you or a loved one is experiencing spine pain, no matter how little or intense the pain may be, give us a call and we are happy to help get you started towards a pain-free journey.