Tips from an Allentown Chiropractor

Do you know that your – chiropractor wants you to have a healthy spine? Although chiropractors make a living by treating you, believe it or not, but they’d rather see you with a healthy spine living your best life rather than come to them because you’re in pain.

Many people do not appreciate their health until it’s taken from them. Like your spine, for example. A lot of people take their spine for granted without realizing that it’s responsible for making them move, jump, run, walk, and dance. When you don’t take good care of your spine, your risk of succumbing to spine-related injuries is high.

The good news is that even though you’re struggling today whether it’s back pain or neck pain just like the millions of Americans who do, your chiropractor is just a call away to help you. Seeing a chiropractor offers numerous benefits one of which is preventing problems even before they take place. Yes, it can be a form of preventive care. Aside from realigning your spine, chiropractors also provide helpful information to improve your health.

Regular Exercise Helps

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we are all encouraged to engage in physical activity every day for at least thirty minutes. Exercises can be moderate or intense depending on your strength and endurance. You may do brisk walking, swimming, aerobic dancing, jogging, Zumba, or do mountain or rock climbing. Regular exercise is not just good for your spine but it will positively impact your overall health.

Work on Your Core

Another important tip for a healthy spine is boiling a strong core when you exercise. Your core muscles are those found in your abdominal muscles as well as the muscles in your middle and lower back. When you have a strong core, there will be less strain and pressure on your spine. A strong core also helps improve your posture and reduce your risk of back pain as you grow older.

Check Your Posture

The leading cause of spinal problems is poor posture. It’s also the main reason behind chronic back pain. You should pay close attention to your posture. Like when you’re working at your desk, eating at the dinner table or restaurant, or watching a movie, sit up straight. This little sacrifice your making will reduce your risk of back and neck problems in the future.

It may feel uncomfortable at first but over time your body will be able to adapt to it. It’s also important to stretch every hour if you’re working.

Your Mattress Matters

Do you know that what you are sleeping on will affect your body particularly your spine? Make sure your mattress is sturdy enough to support your back. You’ll know if your mattress is problematic if you wake up with neck or back pain. Investing in a good-quality mattress will be beneficial for you both now and in the future.

Buy Good Shoes

Many of us make the mistake of choosing shoes based on color, design, or brand but do you know that it has to be strong enough to support both your feet and spine when you walk or run? This means a good, strong base is what’s more important than design to keep your spine in excellent shape.

Watch How You Stand

When your work requires you to stand all day it will place a great deal of strain on your spine and lower back. This pressure can be relieved if you change positions. You may stand with one foot ahead of the other or bend your knees. You can also shift your weight from your toes to your heels.

Spinal health should not be taken for granted. When you follow these tips, your spine will thank you and so will your body.

Dr. Paul Braadt
Dr. Paul Braadt
Dr. Paul Braadt is a 3rd generation chiropractor and a graduate of the prestigous Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has been treating patients for over 35 years in Allentown, PA.

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