Aging is the number one cause of back pain for adults. As we get older, our bodies tend to see some degeneration of tissue that makes our regular movements less comfortable than we'd like. Your spinal health is a key player in the pain associated with aging and the things we do in our everyday life, like sitting at a desk 8+ hours a day, don't do much to keep our spines healthy. Let's talk about five easy ways to improve your spinal health and stay pain-free as you get older.
#1 Invest In High-Quality Shoes
Your feet take a beating throughout the day. They are, in fact, the one thing that always gets you where you need to go. Whether you're walking, running, or skipping from Point A to Point B, the shoes that you put on your feet play an essential role in your spinal health. You want to ensure that you're investing in high-quality shoes that support your body in the activities you do.
Supportive shoes are going to have a couple of standout features that set them apart from the rest. Look for a shoe that:
- A cushioned heel collar to protect your Achilles tendon and ankle
- A firm insole that supports your foot and arch
- Adjustable laces or velcro for a customized fit
- Gel, foam, or air midsole to reduce the impact upon foot strike
All of these qualities will help support your feet during your daily activities, which, in turn, keeps your back supported.
#2 Your Mattress Can Make Or Break Your Spinal Health
A mattress that is too soft can wreak havoc on your spinal health. You want a mattress that only supports your joints and ligaments but also lets you get a great night's sleep. A mattress that supports the natural curves of your spine will ultimately provide you with the most pain relief and prevention long term.
#3 Practice Good Posture
Your posture follows your eyes and your hands, so those of us who sit in front of a computer all day often see a decline in posture that leads to ongoing discomfort even when we're away from our desk. Try to consciously check your posture throughout the day to prevent slouching forward and compressing your disks. Another way to improve your spinal health at work is to invest in some more ergonomic office tools, like a sit-to-stand desk or a monitor arm that brings your computer to you, instead of the other way around.
#4 Get Up, Get Moving
More than just focusing on good posture, you should get in the habit of moving on a regular basis throughout the workday. Set a timer every hour or so to get up and walk around. You can also do some quick, easy stretches throughout the day to keep your joints and muscles mobile. Your spinal health will thank you for keeping the fluids moving throughout your body and keeping your joints lubricated.
#5 Take Care Of Yourself
Last, but not least, the best way to improve your spinal health is to give your spine all the care and attention it deserves. Whether it is regular massages, chiropractic appointments, meditation, or a combination of all three, caring your body will pay off in the long run.
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