By Jeff Sheppard 21 Aug 2023 no comment 211 Views

Did you know that there are good habits that can help to keep your back healthy?

There are also bad habits that can cause wear on your body long-term.

It’s time to cultivate the good habits and break the bad habits!

8 tips to help you avoid bad habits—and start healthy habits

Maintain good posture.  Slumping, slouching and prolonged leaning place stresses on your body that accumulate over time.

Sleep on your back or side, not on your stomach.  Good posture is just as important asleep as awake.

Get enough calcium from your food.  Dark green vegetables like broccoli, kale, bok choy, okra and watercress are packed with calcium.  For those who can’t or don’t eat dairy products, these vegetables are essentials—and they’re good for everyone else, too!  Calcium nourishes bones and helps lower the risk of joint and muscle related injuries.

Don’t overload your messenger bag, purse, or backpack.  Overloaded bags place strain on your back.  Therefore, stop carting around heavy stuff you don’t need.  Wear backpacks properly, using both straps, also centering the weight.

Warm up and cool down before and after physical activity.  Stretching and warming up prepare your body for exercise.

Mind your vitamins and minerals.  Our bodies need vitamins and minerals to function and, particularly in children, to grow.  It’s hard to eat a perfectly balanced diet every day, so consider a high-quality multivitamin. But ensure it’s high-quality.  You’ll know because it won’t include junk fillers such as talc.

Stay hydrated.  The discs in your back lose their “springiness” when you haven’t had enough water.

Have regular spinal checkups.  Your chiropractor can support your body through regular wear and tear by making sure your spine is in alignment and your musculo-skeletal system is the healthiest it can be.  Follow your chiropractor’s recommendation for maintenance care.

If you’re due for maintenance care and you don’t have your next appointment scheduled, contact Sheppard Chiropractic Centre at (506) 635-8182 or (506) 847-7172 today.

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