You get one spine. Thats it! And while most people usually do ok for a decade or two by the time most of us are getting into our 30’s we definitely start to notice that our backs can’t seem to take the beating they once did without paying for it dearly.
There’s a reason for this dear reader. It’s that over time if not properly cared for the spine wears out. Thankfully all it takes to reduce the speed of this process and in many cases render it almost moot is a few chiropractic adjustments a month. But what are the WORST things we do for our backs? Well, being a chiropractor I thought I’d share my top 3 dumb things people do to wreck their backs!
1) Lifting while Twisting: Hands down the worst motion for spine of all time. Think shoveling snow, lifting a heavy and awkward box or scooping up a laundry basket. Whenever you lift with the low back and twist while doing so you are basically begging for a bone to slip out of place and give you days of agonizing low back pain. Just don’t do it. Please.
2) Sitting Excessively: Whenever you sit there is anywhere from 60-80% more pressure on your spine and vertebral discs than when you are standing. Thus driving, sitting at a computer or a desk and any other form of sitting tends to really stress the back. Especially the lower back. If you sit all day just know you probably need at least one adjustment a week to undue the damage caused by sitting so darn much.
3) Cracking Your Own Back: Making your back pop on your own and getting adjusted are not even close to the same thing. Adjustments are specific, precise movement correcting a specific problem. Snapping your own neck? Well, its just not. And it’s a good way to hurt yourself. Not only that but it strains the ligaments holding the spine in place so the more you do it, the more likely you are to need a chiropractor to fix it.
Taking care of your spine is important from the day you are born until old, old age. If your not seeing a chiropractor at least once a month now is the time start. The longer you wait the longer correcting your initial problem will take and the further behind you’ll be. We want you nice and healthy so lets get after it!