Prevention of Back & Neck Conditions
We recommend lifestyle changes as your best bet for prevention of spinal problems. These positive changes may help you slow down the natural degenerative process that comes with aging.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Our body is strained every day from involuntary and daily activities. If you are overweight, the extra weight and strain on your spine could speed up the degenerative process as your vertebrae and discs work harder to support your body.
- Exercise regularly and practice proper posture.
- These are highly beneficial to your overall spinal health. Certain exercise can strengthen the core muscles that help stabilize and support the spine. Proper posture keeps your back straight and aligned.
- Use proper body mechanics.
- Proper body mechanics may help you prevent pain and back injury. For example, when lifting heavy objects, you can reduce the pressure on your spine if you bend at the knees and make your legs do most of the work.
- Quit smoking.
- Smoking negatively impacts your bone health, and may accelerate the degenerative process.
- Try not to sit for long periods of time.
- If you must work at a computer or drive for long periods, take frequent breaks to stretch and walk around.
Additionally, sleeping on a firm mattress, using chairs with firm back support, and keeping both feet flat on the floor while sitting are good general suggestions for back health.