Create A Spine-Friendly House

Seeing your chiropractor for regular checkups and adjustments is a great way to ensure your spine remains healthy and strong, but did you know there are things you can do outside the chiropractor’s office to improve spinal health as well?

In the same way that you focus on improving other aspects of your physical health by adding certain habits into your daily routine, there are a few simple yet effective ways you can look out for the health of your spine at home. From upgrading certain pieces of furniture to slightly changing how you relax and unwind after a long day at work, here are just a few ways that you can turn your home into a place that supports spine health and safety. 

Sitting Surfaces

If you take a quick look around the rooms of your house, you’ll more than likely notice a lot of chairs and surfaces to sit on. These seats and cushions need to be ergonomically supportive of your spine if you want to avoid back pain and strain. Take the time to check out the seats you spend the most time in, whether it’s a chair at the dining room table or a seat in front of your desk at your home office. For each one, check to make sure that both your feet can touch the ground with ease. Your arms should ideally have some sort of support from armrests. Finally, if you are sitting in front of a screen, make sure it is at eye level, and you are not straining your neck or back in order to see the screen. Over time, straining like this can cause inflammation and even degrade the discs in your spine if left untreated.

Sleeping Surfaces

Your bed should also be supportive of your back and spine. One of the most important investments you can make in your house is to buy a high-quality mattress that is tailored to the right amount of firmness or softness you desire; the same goes for your pillow or pillows.

Have your bed be at a position that is only slightly above the floor, so when you wake up in the morning, you can easily swing out of bed and push yourself up without straining your lower back to do so.

Making these easy and simple changes to your house can provide a world of difference when it comes to improving your spine’s quality of life.

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