The health of your spine is directly related to your long-term wellness. Unfortunately, your daily habits and activities can directly impact the integrity of your spine. Learn which lifestyle changes can promote better spinal health with this overview.
Follow a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can significantly improve the health of your spine by giving your bones, intervertebral discs, muscles, and other spinal structures the vitamins and minerals they need to stay strong and enable natural body movements. Consider boosting your intake of vitamins A, B12, C, D, and K by incorporating more lean beef, non-fat dairy, green leafy vegetables, and colorful fruits into your diet. It is also important to incorporate foods that contain high levels of iron, magnesium, and calcium, as these nutrients are essential for proper spinal health.
Routine exercise is a great way to strengthen the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that support your spine. Participating in some type of moderate physical activity several times a week can also help increase your flexibility, improve range of motion, and even decrease back pain.
Maintain Proper Posture
One of the best ways to improve your overall spinal health is to practice proper posture. Reduce your risk of back and neck problems by following these steps:
- While sitting, keep your feet flat on the floor with a small gap between the front of your knees and the front of your chair. Keep your knees level to your hips while keeping your forearms parallel to the ground. You may also consider using a backrest or rolling up a towel to support your lower back.
- Stand with your knees slightly bent and your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your arms down at your sides and pull your shoulders slightly backwards.
Do you have further questions about your spinal health? Get the answers you need by contacting Peterson Chiropractic at (212) 242-3210. You can also set up an initial consultation with our East Side office by visiting our website.