One of the most frequent complaints we receive from patients is pain in their back and neck.
Dealing with pain interferes with our everyday life.
Nagging pain prevents us from enjoying the things we love to do. If not correctly dealt with, it can lead to chronic pain or even disability. No one wants that in their lives.
If you find yourself suffering from acute or chronic back or neck pain, we suggest the following lifestyle improvements.
Here are five principles you can adopt immediately to have a better, stronger and healthier back and neck.
1. Do Something Active Everyday
Increasing daily activity is one of the most important ways to improve your health. A lack of regular movement leads to more pain in our joints in daily life.
Active Americans have significantly less back and neck pain than those who live a more sedentary lifestyle.
Is there something you can do to increase your heart rate and move every day?
Before you begin new, please talk to the chiropractor or doctor to check if there are any limits to what you should do.
We suggest that you begin slowly. Once you've built a schedule, increase the exercise strength and duration steadily.
2. Pay attention to your posture
Having great posture is essential to your health. Whether you're standing, seated, resting, or working at a desk.
A spine that is not maintained as it should be creates several back and neck problems. To prevent tension in the back you should remember to keep your spine neutral. You ought to do your best to eliminate heavy or multiple pillows to reduce the upper pressure of the back and neck during sleep. Do your best to keep your stomach from sleeping.
Are you working from home these days? For advice on setting up an ergonomic workstation the right way, we recommend downloading this infographic.
3. Maintain A Healthy Diet
Another main component of good health is a balanced diet. You'll put extra pressure on the back by carrying any extra weight. It is wise to attempt to consume less red meat and processed foods like sugar and white flour. You should also listen to the advice of your children and increase your intake of veggies and fruits.
Opt for "healthy" oils such as olive or canola and select water instead of beverages with high sugar and calorie content.
You will find that your body looks so much happier when you lose the pounds.
4. Stretch Everyday
Stretching is the best protection against pain in the back and spine. Any day, 10-15 minutes of stretching will significantly influence how you relax and how your body performs.
Try this simple Bruegger Relief stretch that can be performed from just about anywhere.
5. Schedule An Appointment with Us
Just as your teeth need the dentist, your back and neck need an assessment to assess movement. We suggest an appointment with our team to see how you are doing. Come and visit us for an evaluation. Our doctors take the time to assess how you're doing to make sure your health is the highest possible.
When you take the right care of your body you'll find yourself looking younger, feeling better and having a different perspective on life. It just takes a few small adjustments to your lifestyle.
Imagine how wonderful it will feel to wake up with a strong and healthy neck and back every day.