10 Ways to Maintain Spine Health (Part 2)

Nov 28, 2015

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Follow a Healthy Diet Your daily intake and overall diet can have a significant impact on your health.

Follow a Healthy Diet

Your daily intake and overall diet can have a significant impact on your health. This is true regarding back and neck pain prevention, too. A whole-food diet rich in natural fruits, vegetables, lean meats nuts, and legumes are a good start for better health. Cutting down on processed foods can reduce the acidity of your body, making your body more alkaline. To strengthen your bones and improve back health, implement foods that are high in calcium, potassium, and other nutrients and vitamins. Maintaining bone health is essential to preventing diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and more. A healthy diet can also help you maintain a healthy weight which is important in reducing pressure and weight off your back and frame.

Try Swimming

Aquatic exercises are especially great in reducing the impact of gravity on your joints and bones during exercise. This is highly beneficial to the spine as a result of the support and mild resistance that the water gives to your body during swimming or exercising. In-water exercises also have a reduced risk of injury and pain due to the low-impact environment. Cold water can provide inflammatory relief for joints during exercise, while hot water promotes blood circulation to stimulate healing for muscle sprains or strains.

Get a Massage

While some may view massages as unnecessary luxuries, they can actually provide relief for various types of back and neck pains and conditions. In addition to increasing blood flow and circulation to areas of sore muscles and tension, it can also help with relaxation. Massage can help relieve pain and reduce stress. If you don’t want to invest in professional massages, try seeking the help of a friend or partner.

Stop Smoking

If you’re a smoker, in addition to introducing a variety of hazards to your health, you are also making it more likely that you will experience back, spine, and neck pain. Smoking is especially harmful in its ability to damage the vascular structure of the spinal discs and joints, leading to back pain and degenerative spinal disorders.

Do you regularly experience back and neck pain? Garden State Pain Control is dedicated to helping you find pain relief. Contact us today for more information.