Achieve a Healthier Spine in Huntington

Achieve a Healthier Spine in Huntington

chiropractic care for a healthy spine

How many times daily do you stop and think about your spine? If you are like a lot of us in Huntington that number sits a solid “zero”. As long as we can carry on daily we simply assume everything is just fine, that is unless you suffer from back pain. Those suffering from chronic back pain or back injury have a difficult time getting it off their mind, whether it is the pain itself or coupled with the chain reaction of events that are caused due to it. Back pain is not without cost, monetarily and emotionally.

While most of us do not think of our spinal health on a daily basis, statistics have shown that nearly 80-90% of the population will be affected by spinal issues and back pain at any point during a lifetime. Accident victims aside, those who run the highest risk are smokers, the overweight and heavy lifters. With such a high likelihood there is a solid argument in favor of leading a healthy lifestyle, and in turn, striving for a healthy spine.

Below are some proven strategies for a healthy spine/back:

Healthy Diet and Exercise

  • Know your ideal body weight and stay within 10 pounds of that weight. Common sense supports the biomechanical logic that carrying around unnecessary body weight will put stress on all areas of the human frame, including the spine.
  • Strengthen your core muscles. Lack of muscle in this area can pull your entire body out of alignment, starting with your lower back.
  • Work diligently on eating a reasonably portioned and healthy diet. Couple this diet with a consistent exercise program that fits into your schedule, and you will see results not only in your weight, but in your overall health and confidence.
  • Always stretch before and after your workout.
  • Consult with your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. There may be issues specific to your health conditions that warrant professional guidance.

Smoking Cessation

In terms of physical healing, smokers are far worse off than non-smokers. Blood flow is severely restricted throughout the body by the more-than 4000 chemicals in cigarettes. This restriction slows the healing process to all parts of the body, and the spine is no exception.

Sleeping Habits

  • Try to support your body as you sleep. Pain at any time is not normal, and if you are feeling pain while you are trying to sleep, find a position that alleviates the pain.
  • Back sleepers on average place nearly 50 pounds of additional pressure on the spine that can be reduced by nearly half if a supportive pillow is placed under the knees.
  • Side sleepers can reduce pressure on the spine by placing a pillow between the knees.

Standing

  • Standing with the knees locked places pressure on the lower back. Relax your stance by placing one foot in front of the other, slightly bending the knees.
  • Avoid standing bent at the waist for any period of time, this places undue stress on the spine as well.

Lifting

  • Always engage your legs when lifting. Do not lift solely with your back muscles.
  • Avoid twisting when lifting anything.
  • If pushing or pulling an item is an option, choose it. Always choose pushing before pulling, and engage your leg muscles to lessen the strain on the back.
  • Ask for help.
  • If carrying the object after lifting, keep it close to the body and spread the weight evenly between both hands.

Sitting

  • Avoid slumping in your chair. Keep the shoulders back and the spine straight. Do not let your shoulders become rounded or allow your lower back lose its natural curve.
  • Knees should be slightly higher than the hips.
  • Keep the head up and looking straight forward.

Bending/Reaching

  • Bend the legs to pick up items below waist level. Do not bend at the waist.
  • If reaching for an item higher than shoulder height, use a stool. Straining to reach something above the head can cause injury to the neck, shoulders, and mid-back.
  • Place your body as close to the object as you reasonably can to further reduce any potential strain.
  • Like anything in life, there are no guarantees you will avoid back pain, but employing these simple, commonsense strategies certainly increase your chances of leading a pain free, healthy life!

If you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact our Huntington team at Balance Chiropractic and Wellness Center today.

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Balance Chiropractic and Wellness Center
198 New York Avenue #1
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 470-9670

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"I only have good things to say about Balance Chiropractic! I was originally so terrified of chiropractic care but I felt very safe and comfortable here and am so glad I became a patient. I truly believe it helped me conceive my daughter and stay comfortable and healthy throughout my pregnance and after. I love how relaxing and peaceful the office and treatment rooms are. Dr. Deb and Dr. Paul are wonderful! They are so caring and supportive! We moved about an hour away and I still try and go when I can because it's worth the drive!"

Mary L.

"Last 2 weeks of December 2017 I was introduced to Balance Chiropractic. I was in a lot of pain in my neck both sides. As I met Dr. Paul he sat down with me and explained to me the different therapy that I may need for my pain. As the weeks went on the pain started to decrease from my neck."

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"I have been going to Balance for a little over a month now and I've seen a major improvement in my posture as well as a decrease in my shoulder pain. Dr. Paul is extremely thorough and made sure I completely understood the treatment plan he wanted to implement."

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"Let me start out by saying that about a year ago I had been seeing a different chiropractor for months without any pain relief. Dr. Deb Genin is fantastic. She created a treatment plan and reviewed my insurance to map out my coverage. For once, I am optimistic about the prospect of improving my posture, spine health and overall quality of life."

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"After several months of care at Balance Chiropractic the improvement has been so helpful. Being a pregnant patient, Dr. Paul and Dr. Deb have been thorough yet cautious with my care, always asking and adjusting their method if need be. Their approach has been holistic and I have been so grateful for the personal help and attention during my pregnancy."

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"Life changing! I was getting headaches every single day. My headaches are extremely infrequent now and under much better control. I struggled with back and neck pain for years and it is finally feeling so much better now. It's an amazing thing to finally feel better! Everyone at Balance Chiropractic is wonderful!!"

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"I wish I could give more than 5 stars! Balance Chiropractic and Wellness has truly changed my life. I have gone from having 20-30 (yes really) migraines a month since the age of 12 to maybe 1-2 depending on weather activity. Since going to Balance Chiropractic I have become a new person."

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