If you take your overall health somewhat seriously, you know about the things you need to be doing in order to maitain or even improve it.
Eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of physical exercise, and taking care of your mental health are all important ways to keep the entire body healthy and strong.
However, even though most people know about these basic steps to staying healthy, many people don’t understand the importance of taking care of spinal health as well.
Your spine is crucial to the overall health and wellness of your entire body, in no small part due to its unique placement on the body and its important functions. Since the spinal column houses and protects the central nervous system, the spine is essentially where communication between the body and the brain is facilitated. As you can imagine, poor spinal health can lead to poor communication, which in turn can degrade the entire body’s functions. Fortunately, there are ways you can take care of your spinal health at home, mostly by slightly changing up your everyday routine in order to accomodate some spine-friendly habits.
There are at least two elements of your everyday life and routine that should be examined in order to maintain proper spinal health. As unrelated as they may sound, the shoes you wear and the bed you sleep in can play a very big role in determining the health of your spinal column, and therefore your entire body. As tempting as it may be to appear fashionable, you really do want to favor substance over style in the long run. Choose shoes that offer plenty of arch support and cushions, and be sure that they don’t fit too loose or too snug. If the feet are adequately supported, your spine will not have to strain so much to stay balanced. If you really can’t resist wearing heels, try to carry a pair of comfortable flats with you to change into whenever you’re seated at your desk or commuting to work in order to give your feet a break.
When it comes to your sleeping habits, make sure you sleep in a position and on a surface that isn’t harming your spine. Take the time to invest in a mattress and pillow that is truly comfortable for your unique body type, and avoid sleeping on your stomach to prevent unnecessary strain to your spine. Sleep is all about refreshing the body, not creating new stressors, so be sure your sleeping habits aren’t causing any back issues throughout the night.
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