Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tips For Good Spine Health

By Jerome Hoffman

Approximately 80 percent of people in this country will complain about back pain at some point in their lives. Of those, many will "tough it out", hoping that their back will eventually feel better.Others will seek relief/treatment to identify the cause of the pain so the back pain does not re-occur or re-occur as often. Here are some ways to keep back pain at bay - tips for your Spine Health:

1. Good posture is key!: The starting point of many problems of the back starts with bad posture. For instance, people who hunch over a computer keyboard at work, or slouch when they walk, are putting themselves at risk for back problems sooner rather than later. Standing upright when you walk, keeping you back rested when you sit, and avoid slouching over while sitting or walking will go a LONG way to maintaining a healthy back.

2. Core Strength: Your core is a complex series of muscles, extending far beyond your abs, including everything besides your arms and legs. The core muscles are involved in almost every movement of the human body. These muscles help support your spine and having strong core muscles can vastly improve most people's back pain.

3. Face Down. Sleeping on your stomach can put a lot of strain on the neck (since you'll have to face one side or the other). Also, because the curve of the spine is not supported, sleeping face down can eventually lead to back pain. Not recommended.

4. Need another reason to stop smoking? -your back!: Studies show that spinal discs degenerate quicker with people who smoke versus those that don't. Also important to note is that if you have a disorder like spinal stenosis or sciatic nerve pain and are in treatment, healing from that treatment will take much longer for smokers than for people who don't smoke.

5. Lastly, pay attention to any warning signs: Although back pain is common every once in a while for most of us, don't ignore spine pain or problems. Severe, or re-occurring, back pain may be a sign of something more serious, which, if left untreated, can lead to serious spine problems. Rather than risking it or self-medicating, seek a spine specialist to learn more and, if necessary, get the treatment you need.

If you find that your back pain is occurring more regularly or is severe, please contact SpineOne's Denver Back Pain specialists for a diagnosis of your condition and treatment plan to get you back on the road to recovery.

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