Your spine is one of the most important parts of your body. In addition to connecting your upper and lower body, your spine is responsible for protecting your spinal cord, which is your central nervous system’s superhighway. Unfortunately, lower back pain is extremely common in the U.S., and makes life very uncomfortable for millions of people. Still, you can prevent or reduce back pain by following these spine-strengthening tips from Brandon Regional Hospital.
Maintain Good Posture
Keeping a good posture can provide a number of great health benefits, including strengthening your spine. Try to remember to align your ears with your shoulders and force your shoulders back. If you spend a lot of your time at a desk, invest in an ergonomic workstation that makes it easy for you to maintain a good posture.
Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule
A full night of sleep every night (six to eight hours) is essential for your health. However, you must pay special attention to how you sleep. Sleeping on your side is the ideal position for reducing pressure on your spine.
Watch What You Eat
The food you eat directly affects your whole system—including your spine. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help strengthen the muscles that support your spine. You can further boost your spine’s health by adding multivitamins, Omega-3s, and other supplements to your diet.
Do Regular Spine Exercises and Stretches
Regularly participating in yoga is a great way to strengthen your whole spine. However, you don’t need to commit to yoga to reap the benefits of stretching—simple bending stretches can help improve your flexibility. 10 minutes of stretching every day can do wonders for the health of your spine.
If you suspect that something is wrong with your spine or back, let the doctors and nurses at Brandon Regional Hospital’s Spine Center take a look. Call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (888) 327-2636 if you have any healthcare questions.