One of the best things you can do for yourself in order to truly have a healthy body and live an active lifestyle is to take care of the health of your spinal column. You may not be entirely sure what you need to do in order to accomplish this, but the truth is that there are just a few healthy habits that you need to start incorporating into your daily routine in order to really make a difference when it comes to improving overall spinal health.
Since one of the major causes of poor spinal health and resulting back and neck pain is bad posture, it should make sense that one of the absolute best things you can do to improve the strength and health of your spinal column is to work on improving your posture. When you think about your posture you probably take the way you sit and stand into consideration, but posture tends to encompass more than that, such as the position you sleep in and the way you sit when you drive your car. As I learned from a very helpful article by Mayfield Clinic Brain And Spine, here are the best postures for spine health when it comes to sitting, standing, driving, and sleeping.
To check your posture for standing, all you need to do is stand with your back against a wall. Make sure the backs of your feet are pressed against the wall, and take note of which parts of your body are touching the wall without any effort on your part. A person with good posture will have their feet, hips, shoulder blades, and the back of the head touching the wall. If you are experiencing anything different from this, you need to work on improving your posture. Be sure to keep your shoulder blades tucked back and prevent your chin from jutting forward for better posture while standing.
As for sitting, the back of your buttocks should be touching the back of your chair. Body weight should be evenly distributed between both hips, and your knees should not be higher than your hips. As for sitting while driving, be sure to move the seat as close to the steering wheel as you can comfortably be, since this will prevent too much strain from leaning forward to reach the wheel.
When it comes to sleeping, certain positions are better for you than others, depending on any health conditions you may have. At the very least, always make sure to provide your neck with some level of support in order to reduce strain while sleeping, and try your best to avoid sleeping on your stomach, as this actually causes tension to your back muscles.
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