Are Your Health Habits Impacting Your Spine for the Better or Worse?
Everyone will experience back pain at some point in their life. Some of it could be temporary discomfort resulting from a particular action, while others will have to deal with long term back pain. When it comes to your spine health, your daily actions could be impacting the spine negatively or positively. If you’ve been battling any sort of back discomfort over the past few weeks, months or years, here are some of the health habits you may want to consider taking a close look at and reevaluating.
Lack of Exercise
Exercising regularly is important for many health factors, including your spine health. Not exercising enough can lead to weak abdominal muscles, poor posture and long term back pain. Doing exercises like Pilates is beneficial, but simply walking or jogging for several minutes every day can help protect the spine and improve your flexibility. However, it can be argued that exercising too much or lifting too heavy of weights can also have a negative impact on your spine.
Vitamin D and calcium are essential nutrients to help strengthen your bones, including the spine. Not getting enough of these nutrients can lead to soft bones and more pressure points in the spine. If you have nutritional deficiencies that prevent you from eating foods high in calcium, consult with your medical professional to determine if there is a supplement to take to boost your intake.
The negative impact of smoking on your overall health is widely known. However, many people who smoke aren’t aware of the negative impact it has on their spine health. Smoking can reduce the amount of calcium the body absorbs, as well as prevents the growth of new bones. These results can lead to brittle bones and longer healing times in the event of a bone injury.
Impact of Being Overweight
The heavier you are, the more force you’re putting on your spine. Keeping your weight in the ideal range for your body type can prevent long term back pain and lead to other health benefits. Taking small steps every day, like eating healthier and exercising a little more, can put you on the right path to managing your weight and not experiencing back pain.
DBC Active Spine Care® is more than just another spine and orthopedic center. While we want you to be pain free as quickly as possible when you have back pain, we also look at the long-term situation regarding your spine health and take steps to ensure future pain doesn’t occur. With our innovative spine care program, we will use natural techniques to restore function to your spine in order to provide the most stability. To learn more about our program and how we can help you create healthy habits to benefit your spine, contact us at any time.