Is spinal health a priority in your lifestyle?
How lazy are we? Spinal health is a good measuring tool. We are all aware of what a sitting-heavy, movement-lacking lifestyle can do to our spines. Even then, few of us take the initiative to care for our spines seriously until something is wrong: a crick in the neck, a stiff and sore lower back, a painful pinched nerve; these are the wake up signals that prompt us to take action in defense of our spine. But what if you never had to reach that point to begin with? If you are lucky enough to have a pain-free spine right now, don’t take it for granted! Realize how lucky you are, and then realize that it won’t stay that way unless you take proactive measures to keep it in a state of strength and balance.
Three moves for spinal health that fit in with a busy lifestyle
No matter how busy you are, we are guessing you can carve out a ten minute window for your spine. It might mean one less scroll through the Instagram, or a break from the constant stream of news and alerts coming in through your apps. But the upside is too valuable to ignore. Here are three moves that can be performed in succession within ten minutes to give your spine a much needed boost during a hectic day:
- Plank it out: get into a push-up position, then move on to your forearms. Keeping your back straight, and your core muscles engaged, hold your body still for 20-30 seconds. Relax then repeat 2 more times.
- Now go supine: lay down on your back but keep your knees raised. Slowly lift your hips up until you form a straight line between knees and shoulders. Hold 5 seconds, then gently return to normal. Repeat 10 times.
- Finish with a comforting stretch: child’s pose is spinal relaxation. Start in a table formation on your hands and knees, with your back straight. Gently lower your backside until your glutes rest on your heels and keep your arms extended forward. Relax and breathe deeply for as long as feels good.
These three moves all target the soft tissues in the back that contribute to spinal balance. They are clinically proven to reduce back pain and increase feelings of comfort when your spine is suffering from lost range of motion and subluxation.
Making more time for your spine starts with an appointment at your Ramsey chiropractor
At Family Chiropractic and Spinal Health Care Center, we have nothing but time for your spine! In fact, we have dedicated our lives to prioritizing the spinal health of everyone we treat. Our hands-on modalities facilitate better nervous system functioning, more range of motion in the spinal joints and less back pain. By boosting comfort and mitigating pain, we put your body in a state conducive to the kind of exercises listed above. If you want to start making spinal health a priority, give our office in Ramsey a call to schedule an appointment today.