4 Ways to a Healthier Backby Dr. Nona Djavid
Many people have back problems, or problems that stem from a weak back or poor posture. Here are some things to consider when thinking about back health.
1. Lose the Extra Pounds
Did you know that being overweight is a contributing factor to back pain? It is true. The spine is designed to carry the body’s weight and distribute the loads encountered during rest and activity. When excess weight is carried, the spine is forced to assimilate the burden, which will lead to structural compromise and damage.
2. Get Fit & Strong
Your increased strength and fitness will keep your joints well-lubricated and prevent your body from tightening up, as well as minimize the chances of debilitating injuries.
3. Sit Straight
Your posture has a direct correlation to your overall health. Poor posture can cause insomnia, general fatigue, headaches, neck pain, tightness in the shoulder blades, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, as well as a wide range of other issues. By becoming more conscious of your posture and by strengthening your core, you can prevent back problems from developing altogether.
4. Schedule a Checkup
As mentioned earlier, your spine is essential to the overall health of your vital organs because it holds your nervous system. It is highly recommended that anyone who would like to get on the path to a healthy back, to first schedule a complete spine checkup by a specialist to determine if there are any structural issues that need to be addressed first. Schedule a one-on-one consultation and examination to discuss your health concerns and address any core issues prior to starting a strengthening and fitness program. Without a complete checkup, any sudden fitness programs or strengthening exercises could exacerbate your current condition.