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Self-Care For Your Spine

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So many of the aches and pains I see come through our doors are a result of the patients’ daily routines.  Our bodies are designed for a lot of different kinds of movements, however if we aren’t conscious of our activities we tend to move very little and in the same way each day.  We walk, sit, stand and maybe bend a few times.  Adding new movements and positions for your body can make a big impact on your health.

One of my favorite self-care tips to give my patients is a simple position to take the day’s stresses off of your spine.  If you are one of the many people that sit or stand in one place for a majority of their work day this is perfect for you.  At the end of the day (and in the middle if possible at work) lie on your stomach propped up on your elbows.  I often refer to this position as lying like a little kid watching TV.  That’s it, just lie down like that relaxed for about 15 minutes.  If you tend to get a sore low back it can be tough to get up if you are lying in this position for too long so 15 minutes is the rule.  This simple trick creates an arch throughout your spine to counteract the forward or slouching stresses you put on the spine throughout the day.  Another benefit of adding this position to your daily routine is that it will help to hold your chiropractic adjustments longer by improving the flexibility of your spine.

Start to become more aware of your movements.  If you are more daring you can try something like yoga to introduce new positions.  Yoga captures such a variety of movements it is the perfect exercise to make sure you are keeping your body flexible and balanced among other its benefits.  But while you are deciding which yoga class to take, lie down on your stomach and destress for a while!

-Dr. Jaclyn Purcell, Saratoga Chiropractic