A Healthy Spine
We all know that the upkeep of our spine is really important. Genuinely, how many of us feel a little bit of back pain because of our environments and lifestyles? It is better to have some insight into why your back may ache from sitting at your desk for too long or from a long drive and what you can do about it to help you keep your back strong as well as healthy.
Our backs are designed to move from our core. So, unless we consciously work with our core there is a possibility that we can lose our core strength over time. Have you ever thought what tends to happen if we don’t work with our core consciously and will the other back muscles compensate? Here is where the injury, pain, and strains can come from.
Role of Spinal Cord In Our Body
You need your spine for everything, yes! Literally everything!
Your spinal cord gives you the ability to twist and bend. When your spine is injured, your mobility will be limited. If you accidentally injure it, have repeated bad posture, or wear it out over time, you could have difficulty with things like sitting up straight, picking things up, bending over, walking, moving your neck or twisting your spine.
Your Neurological integrity
The nervous system runs electrical impulses up and down the spine to the areas that feel sensation. And a damaged spine can disrupt neural responses, thus, it will result in disabling sensations in the parts of your body.
When you swallow water and food, it travels down your throat into your esophagus, and to your stomach. So, your esophagus is parallel with your spine. By any chance, if you accidentally injure your spine, then it can press against your esophagus, puncture it or obstruct it. A surgery would be necessary to prevent further damage as well as to fix the punctured or obstructed esophagus.
Your Hard Work Leads To Back Pain
Any incorrect movement, bad posture, and intense exercises can add unnecessary pressure to your spine, which over time can lead to degenerative diseases. The abnormal movements and the improper stance can also cause wear and tear to your spinal structure, which may to injuries that require surgery and it can permanently damage your spinal discs as well as joints.
Without your spine working properly, even your quality of life is at stake. You won’t be able to enjoy plenty of activities that you love. Not only can your mobility be hindered, but also stress on your spine alone is awfully painful.
The natural curve of the spinal cord in adults and the intervertebral discs create a spring system that allows us to walk as well as run without damaging ourselves immediately. As we age and lose the elasticity of our discs but if we lose our natural spinal curves through any poor posture or suffer degenerative disc disease or too much sitting we are likely to find ourselves in the need of spine care.
Our core underpins everything we do. Here is a list to get you thinking of where you use your spine muscles:
- Everyday acts- e.g. bending to put on your shoes
- A healthy back – having a strong core reduces lower back pain
- On-the-job tasks where you may or may not notice you use your core
- Sports and other pleasurable activities
- Balance and stability
- Housework, fix-it work, and gardening
- Good posture
It is also important to do whatever you can to avoid standing or sitting for long periods if you don’t want to get back pain as a gift. Get up to walk and stretch around every 20 to 30 minutes. If possible try working at a standup desk for at least sometimes of the day, or wise get up and pace around while talking on the phone. Our spine is meant to move to stay healthy, and the movement fuels our spine with healthy nutrients.
Whatever we discussed till now here are simple ways to help support your spine as well as the overall back health. Even when you are in serious pain and you are undergoing any extensive medical treatments, we encourage you to try and remember the simple things you can do for your back. Because even small changes can help with your healing process over time.