While one of our primary goals for all of our Rochester chiropractic patients is to give you the best musculoskeletal health possible, the reality is that we can only do so much in the few minutes a week that we see you. This means that a bulk of the responsibility becomes a partnership of our treatment for patients and then relying on a patient to follow through.
Understanding the behaviors for patients to avoid as well as promote is a huge help toward gaining and keeping a healthy back and spine!
What types of behaviors?
- Pay attention to your posture.When you walk, stand, or sit with poor posture, you’re not only fatiguing your muscles as they work to keep you upright, but you also limit your mobility as your discs and joints fall out of line. One way to break this habit is to put a sticky note someplace where you will see it often, reminding you to sit up straight.
- Taking your vitamins.Certain vitamins and minerals can help improve the strength and stability of your spine. These include vitamin D and calcium, the two nutrients that Harvard Medical School calls the “keys to strong bones.”
- Drinking enough water.When you’re born, your spinal discs are comprised of 80 percent water. This enables them to function as they should. Therefore, in order to keep them operating at their peak, you want to make sure you drink enough water.
- Getting more active.If you tend to spend a lot of time sitting, you may notice the effects in your back due to the inactivity. Of course, the way to remedy this is to simply get more physical activity. Even if it’s not a standard exercise program, anything you can do to move around more can help.
- Letting go of your ego. Sometimes it’s easier to do things yourself versus asking for However, if you lift things that are too heavy or awkward for you, then you risk injuring your back, potentially setting you up for massive problems both immediately and later in life. Ask for help when you need it. It may keep you from being in pain, making it more than worth it.
All of these things, in addition to regular chiropractic treatments, can help you improve the health of your back. If you want more ideas, just ask us the next time you’re in our office! We’d love to help you get and stay back pain-free!