6 Ways to Naturally Strengthen Your Spine

Posted on July 7th, 2017 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

We all know the importance of taking care of our organs and muscles, but when was the last time you thought about your spine? Though the spine is (literally) the backbone of our health, its health is all too often ignored. This summer, do your spine (and overall health) a favor by making these simple lifestyle changes.

6 Ways to Naturally Strengthen Your Spine OSG

Rejuvenate your posture.

Poor posture is one of the main reasons for poor spine health. If you work at a job that requires you to sit a lot, invest in a chair with good lumbar support, or a supportive back pillow. You should also get up once an hour and take a short walk. If you spend most of your day on your feet, wear comfortable, supportive shoes.

Soothe back pain with heat therapy.

If you feel minor back pain, don’t ignore it and hope it goes away. Applying heat to your back will help improve blood flow to your muscles and spine.

Choose spine healthy foods.

Processed foods are a big no-no when it comes to spine health. Instead of frozen or prepackaged foods, shop for foods that are normally found in nature, like fruits, vegetables, meats, and whole grains. Foods and drinks that are high in calcium are also great picks because they can help defend against osteoporosis.

Strengthen even as you sleep.

While we all love sliding into a soft and comfortable bed at the end of a long day, your bed and pillow play a major role in your spine’s health. The next time you’re in need of a mattress, choose one that’s a bit more firm. You should also look for pillows that support the natural curve of your neck.

Move your exercises into the pool.

Whether it’s swimming laps, water aerobics, or water cycling, water sports are low impact and have a low risk of injury — making them great for your spine and joints.

Put down the cigarettes.

While most people know that smoking is bad for your teeth, heart, and lungs, it also puts you at a greater risk for degenerative spinal disorders and back pain.

If you suffer from back pain, schedule an appointment with one of the qualified physicians at Orthopaedic Specialty Group. As southern Connecticut’s largest and most experienced orthopedic practice, our team of spine specialists offer a variety of comprehensive, individualized treatment plans. If you live in Fairfield County, call us to schedule an appointment at (203) 337-2600.