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 keeps us from enjoying the stuff that we love to do. It can lead to chronic pain or even disability when it's not dealt with properly. In their lives, nobody wants that.
There is, thankfully, a way back to health. If you find yourself suffering from acute or chronic back or neck pain, we suggest the following lifestyle improvements.
To have a better, stronger, and healthier back and neck, here are five principles you can adopt right away.
1. Do Something Active Everyday
One of the most critical ways of improving your well-being is by increasing daily activity. A lack of motion leads to more pain in our joints in daily life.
There is considerably less back and neck pain in regularly active individuals than in people who live a sedentary lifestyle.
What can you for a few minutes every day to increase your heart rate and get moving?
Make sure to talk to the chiropractor or doctor first to check if there are any limits to what you should do during a workout if you're starting new.
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. You should be mindful of holding your spine in a neutral position to prevent tension in your back. To reduce upper back and neck pressure while sleeping, you should do your best to eliminate heavy or multiple pillows. Do your best to avoid sleeping on your stomach.
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 ingredient for good health is a balanced diet. Extra pressure on the back will be caused by carrying any surplus 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 like your teeth need to see the dentist, your back and neck could use an evaluation to see how they are moving. To see how you are doing, we suggest scheduling an appointment with our team. Come for an assessment and visit us. Our doctors always take the time to evaluate how you're doing and help you get back to your overall health.
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.