Taking Care of Your Spinal Discs

discYou probably take time out of your day to take care of many things, such as your skin and your hair. Maybe you exercise to help take care of your heart and lungs and build muscle, but what about your spinal discs? Just because you don’t really notice them doesn’t mean they dont’ deserve the tender love and care that the rest of your body does. Here are some simple ways you can care for your spinal discs every day.

Quit Smoking

You already know that smoking is bad for your overall health, but here’s a tidbit of knowledge that isn’t so commonly understood – it’s bad for your spinal discs too. According to WebMD, people who smoke are 1.16 times more likely to suffer from back pain. Research has shown that smoking increases the rate of degeneration for the discs in your back.

Smoking can be tough, but it can also be done. If you need some advice on smoking cessation, talk to your chiropractor – they will be more than happy to help.

Lift with the Legs!

This is a really common mistake and you’re paying for it with your disc health! When you lift you should squat and never bend at the waist. Use the power of your legs and hips to lift the object and keep it as close to your body as you can. Improper lifting technique is a killer for your spinal discs and can lead to very painful conditions such as a herniated disc. Talk to your chiropractor if you need more instruction on proper lifting technique.

Try Some Yoga

Yoga is great for flexibility and strength, and it’s also great exercise for your spinal discs. Yoga is even recommended as a treatment for chronic back pain. As far as your spinal discs go, a study in the Journal of Back Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation reported that yoga is beneficial and safe for patients suffering from disc bulges and sciatic pain. So, if you’re looking for a way to manage your back pain and contribute to the health of your back, give yoga a shot.

Most people don’t think about caring for their spinal discs, but they are delicate structures that need you to care for them the right way. Incorporating these suggestions into your everyday life along with regular visits to your chiropractor may not guarantee you’ll never have disc problems, but you will know that you’re doing what you can to avoid them.

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