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Slouching may look cool, but it's one of the biggest factors that leads to spine pain and other issues. The good news is that there are a few simple changes that you can make to your daily routine to alleviate back pain and even go so far as to prevent the need for back surgery. The following list includes five great tips to strengthen your spine.
Good posture is one of the key aspects of healthy spine. When you have good posture, your shoulders are aligned with your ears and the shoulder blades are retracted. There are many other health and wellness benefits of good posture including prevention of depression and weight gain.
Use simple, targeted exercises.
You only have to do spine-strengthening exercises for ten minutes per day to see a big difference in your spine. There are a number of neck stretches that are beneficial including extension and bending range-of-motion exercises in which you move your neck up and down, side to side and from the ear to the shoulder.
Practice deep breathing.
Put your hands on your abdomen and pay attention to how your belly moves as you inhale and exhale. Repeat this regiment multiple times every day. Deep breathing allows the spinal nerves to move around within the spinal channels, decreasing pain and bringing about a sense of well-being.
Watch your diet.
Believe it or not, diet plays an important role in spine health. The ideal diet for a lean body and muscles that provide ample support for the spine primarily consists of lots of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
Sunlight energizes the entire body, including the spine. Additionally, sunlight contains vitamin D, which is essential for strong bones. The spinal column is no exception.
About the Author
Dr. Michael Berry, D.C. is the Director of Katella Chiropractic and Laser Center, a leading chiropractic wellness center in Orange County California. Katella Chiropractic and Laser Center successfully treats patients with sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, and back and neck pain using spinal adjustments, chiropractic massages and more. As a chiropractor in Orange County, Dr. Michael Berry and his team also use chiropractic laser therapy, which improves tissue repair and reduces pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied.