Your spine is, quite literally, the backbone of your body. It affects your ability to move, sleep and function properly. It is designed to protect the spinal cord, provide structural support and balance to stay upright and enables flexible motion. Looking after your spine is a key factor in your physical health.
With half of Australians not sufficiently physically active, we are encouraging you to ‘Get Spine Active’ and take control of your spinal health this World Spine Day. Celebrated each year on 16 October, people from around the world come together to raise awareness about spinal disorders and empower others to take charge of their spinal health.
Being physically active can greatly help your spinal health by strengthening your muscles and easing the pressure on your spine.
World Spine Day is a perfect opportunity to ask yourself, ‘am I making the right choices for my spinal health?’ If not, then it’s time to make those changes and if needed seek professional help to get you started.
It’s really important, no matter your age or ability, to find ways to get spine active that suits your lifestyle. It is simply about forming good, healthy habits that can be implemented every day. There are so many activities that you can do to be spine active! Any regular exercise not only strengthens your spine and improves your physical health but can be extremely beneficial to a number of other health factors including energy levels, sleeping patterns, metabolism and so much more.
Getting out and active has many benefits for your spine including:
- Relieving spinal stress
- Increasing spinal fluid within the spinal discs
- Strengthening spinal muscles
- It can also help improve your overall health and wellbeing including improved sleeping patterns, metabolism and overall strength and stamina.
Here are a few ideas to help you get spine active:
Running and fast walking: may actually strengthen your spine through an increase in spinal fluid resulting in healthier spines.
Weightlifting: can tone your muscles and boost metabolism, as well as help improve posture and stabilise your spine. (Please ensure you learn the correct techniques by seeking the help of a professional before embarking on strenuous activities.)
Cycling: can help improve posture and flexibility and is an aerobic activity, meaning your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout.
Walking: just 30 minutes everyday can help improve circulation, mobility, core strength and even boosts energy levels.
Stretching: Ensuring you are stretching correctly may help with the maintenance of your spinal health.
It’s never too late to start looking after your spine. Chiropractors are well placed to assess and manage disorders of the musculoskeletal system and offer solutions and advice regarding your existing spinal health issues or how to improve your overall spinal health. If you would like to know more about how Body Mind Central can help you look after your spine, book an appointment online or call us on 02 9518 0096 or book an appointment online.