October 16, 2014 was World Spine Day, and to celebrate the event, chiropractors all over the world encouraged people to take ‘spine selfies’ and post them online. According to the Irish news website TheJournal.ie, the selfie campaign was launched to raise awareness of the reality of spine disorders and the importance of healthy spine habits.
The Importance of Healthy Spine Habits
Some of Ireland’s leading chiropractors gave a few examples of the latter:
“Stand up when on the phone, take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator and use your lunch or coffee break to get outside and go for a short walk.”
“It is also important to sit correctly at your desk – ensure your back is well supported, hips, elbows and knees are close to 90 degrees, thighs are parallel to the floor and recline slightly to ease lower back pressure, whilst maintaining good ergonomics of your work station to reduce repetitive strain injuries from prolonged hours in front of the computer.”
Considering that the U.S. has about 7,800 cases of back and spinal injuries every year, these tips certainly apply stateside. At the forefront of the efforts to help people overcome their spine problems are experienced chiropractors in Rocklin, CA from leading chiropractic care providers like New Life Chiropractic. These professionals combine the latest chiropractic technologies with proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices, thus ensuring their patients have the most holistic and effective spinal care possible.
The Role of Healthy Food in Maintaining a Healthy Spine
That’s right: healthy food plays a huge role in maintaining a healthy spine. Aside from Calcium that strengthens bones, essential nutrients like Vitamin A (to repair damaged bone tissues), D (for proper bone development) and B12 (for healthy bone marrows) must also be present I one’s diet. A nutrition plan, such as the one provided by a trusted chiropractor in Roseville, contains instructions on the best ways to prepare nutritious meals.
Staying hydrated is also a good habit to have since it maintains the elasticity of soft tissues and joints, making them less susceptible to damage. In fact, many spinal disc injuries are partly caused by fluid loss and/or dehydration. Aside from staying hydrated during the day, it also helps to observe proper sleeping posture. For instance, one should avoid lying on the stomach to relieve pressure on the spine.
If these dietary and lifestyle choices are unable to fully prevent spinal injuries, chiropractors can prescribe state-of-the-art chiropractic methods like the Pettibon Weighting System to restore proper posture. With these services and methods, people can protect their spinal health even if World Spine Day is over, people still have the means to protect their spinal health.
(Source: How’s your spine looking? Good enough for a selfie?, TheJournal.ie, October 16, 2014)