It’s amazing to think of all the little things we do every day that can affect the health of our spines. From sitting too long or not moving enough, there are a number of factors that contribute to back pain and discomfort. But did you know that making a few small changes to your daily routine can lead to healthier, happier back? In our recent article, we began looking at simple steps you can take to improve the health of your spine, and essentially your whole-body health. From practicing good posture and staying active to walking your way to a healthy back, these are just some of the healthy habits that can reduce pain, improve nerve function, and increase mobility. Here are three more tips for you to consider to help you maintain a healthy spine. Be sure to give your Overland Park chiropractor a call to schedule an appointment for gentle chiropractic care to keep you feeling and moving better.

Three More Tips For A Healthy Spine

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Whether you’re working out or standing on your feet at work, wearing comfortable, supportive shoes can make for a happy back. There is a direct link between your foot health and your back health, and when your feet are sore, tired, and aching, you may also experience pain in your back and lower back as a result. Make sure to wear shoes that have strong arch supports, cushions for your heels and the balls of your feet, and support your ankles. This can reduce stress and tension in the muscles and joints of your feet, giving you a solid foundation to stand on to help you maintain a healthy posture in your back.

Sleep On A Good Mattress

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to your overall health, especially when your injured or fighting off an infection such as a cold. When your mattress is old, unsupportive, and lumpy, it can cause your body to lay in unusual positions that cause misalignments in your spine. As a result, you may experience neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, and hip pain. If you’ve had your mattress for longer than 10 years, it may be time to consider getting a new mattress that can support your resting spinal posture. If you aren’t able to purchase a new mattress but are in pain from sleeping in awkward positions, try placing a pillow under your knees when you sleep on your back, and between your knees when you sleep on your side. A pillow under the knees alleviates pressure from the lower back while a pillow between the knees can help maintain spinal and hip alignment.

Limit Consumption of Inflammatory Foods

Greasy, high-fat foods can affect your health in more ways than just contributing to weight gain, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Foods high in fat, sugar, and calories can also contribute to inflammation. Make as many smart choices as you can when it comes to what you eat. Rather than eating a handful of greasy, salty potato chips, enjoy a healthy handful of nuts that will satisfy your salt craving while giving your body healthy fats like omega-3s that fight inflammation. Limit your consumption of sugary soft drinks and sports drinks and opt instead for herbal teas and fruit-infused water.    

Visit Your Overland Park Chiropractor

Practicing these simple healthy habits in conjunction with your chiropractic care can keep your back feeling healthy and happy. If would like to arrange an appointment for gentle (no twist) chiropractic treatments or medical massage, call Adjust Your Health at (913) 681-7757. Combining chiropractic care with the healthy habits you practice on your own can have you feeling and moving better. Until next time, thank you for reading!

Dr. Christina 🙂