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Ways to Improve Your Spine Health in the New Year

Ways to Improve Your Spine Health in the New Year

Keep Your Spine in Optimal Health in 2023

As we head into the new year, we must be mindful of our spine health. From improper posture and overexertion to long hours sitting at a desk or even minor injuries, many common issues can cause lifelong discomfort if not treated properly. Here are some tips for taking care of your spine in 2023:

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise is essential for good back health. Choose activities like walking, swimming, and yoga to help maintain strength and flexibility in your back muscles. This can help prevent strains and other injury-related problems from developing over time.

Know the Risk of Lumbar & Spinal Issues

Awareness of the risks and symptoms associated with lumbar and spinal issues is important. Lower back pain is a common symptom, but disc herniations, fractures, and more can all cause lasting damage if not treated properly. Make sure to get regular checkups from your doctor in order to catch any developing issues early on.

Manage Stress Levels

Unmanaged stress has been linked to various kinds of pain in the body, including back pain. Try to incorporate relaxation techniques like deep breathing and meditation into your daily routine. Additionally, you can try activities like yoga or tai chi to reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.

Practice Good Posture

Poor posture can lead to strain on the spine. Sit upright when working or studying, and get up and move every hour or so during long periods of sitting. You can also try standing desks to stay active and reduce strain.

Get Enough Sleep

Did you know that there is a connection between sleep and the spine? In fact, a lack of good quality sleep can lead to tightness in the back muscles and joints, leading to pain. Getting enough restful sleep is essential for overall health, but it's significant for your spine health. Aim for at least 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night!

Stretch, Stretch, Stretch!

Stretching your back muscles can help reduce pain, improve posture and flexibility, and even help reduce tension in the spine. Try to include stretching into your daily routine, so you're not just focusing on strengthening exercises.

A few great ways to ensure your back and spine are adequately stretched include yoga, pilates, and foam rolling. The best thing about all of these stretches is you can do them from the comfort of your own home — and many free classes are even available on YouTube.

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Invest in Ergonomic Furniture

If you're sitting at a desk all day, it's essential to ensure your furniture is ergonomically designed. This can help reduce strain on the spine and improve your posture while you're working. Look for adjustable chairs and desks to make sure they suit your body type perfectly.

Seek Professional Care When Necessary

If you are experiencing persistent pain in your back or feel something is wrong, don't hesitate to reach out to a professional. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent long-term pain or disability. So make sure you get regular checkups, and if something seems wrong, feel free to seek professional help.

Our experienced and knowledgeable team at Inspired Spine is dedicated to providing the best spine management year-round. From providing top-of-the-line spinal advice and recommendations to minimally invasive surgeries, you can rest assured that you are in the best hands.

If you have any questions or concerns about your spine health and would like to schedule an appointment, call (952) 225-5266 or fill out our online form today!