Healthy Habits to Reduce Neck and Back Pain
Around half of all working Americans report back pain symptoms each year. In fact, back and neck pain are some of the most common reasons for visits to the doctor’s office.
For those suffering chronic pain, making a few simple lifestyle changes can greatly reduce discomfort and promote spinal health.
Practice Good Posture
Some of the best advice we’re given as children (advice we often ignore) is to sit up straight, and don’t slouch! As adults, many of us spend great deals of time sedentary at desks, hunching over computers, and sitting in vehicles on our commute. This is often unavoidable, but there are ways to minimize discomfort. Firstly, remember to sit with your upper back and neck comfortably straight, and your shoulders relaxed. If your chair doesn’t support the curve in your lower back, consider placing a small pillow or even a rolled up towel behind you. Avoid sitting for long periods—every twenty minutes, try to get up and stretch or move around.
Finally, ensure your shoes are comfortable and provide the proper support to keep your body in alignment when standing and walking. Your spine will thank you!
One of the many benefits of a healthy diet is strengthening the muscles that support the spine. Eat plenty of lean proteins, fruit and vegetables, and healthy fats, and don’t forget to stay hydrated.
Cigarettes are surprisingly bad for your spine. Smoking decreases blood flow and prevents essential nutrients from reaching tissues, slowing healing. Avoid at all costs.
A bad night’s sleep can leave you feeling worse than when you went to bed. Ensure your mattress and pillow support your spine, and avoid sleeping on your stomach. Insufficient sleep can also exacerbate pain, so aim for a solid six to eight hours each night.
While following these tips can help reduce back and neck pain, persistent pain can negatively impact your quality of life. Stem cell therapy is an effective treatment option to relieve discomfort and regenerate damaged tissue. The treatment is minimally invasive, and helps your body to repair itself naturally.
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