Our back and spine are the foundation for the rest of our body. Not only does our back protect the spinal cord, but it also supports nearly our whole weight along its length. As we age, this can wear down our strength and flexibility. This does not even include how much stress is placed on the back during everyday activities.
With how important the back and spine are to living a healthy and pain-free life, it is essential to take great care in its protection and strength. This may not completely prevent the signs of aging but can delay when they begin to impact our life negatively.
In general, back-care can be looked at in two categories – flexibility and strength. Although they are very closely linked and have a significant effect on one another, it is essential to address both when taking action to care for your back.
Flexibility is perhaps one of the most overlooked areas of spinal care. Your back needs to have enough flexibility to allow ease of movement without placing undue strain on the primary and supporting muscles. However, it also needs to be stable enough to keep everything in line and not rely on pushing forces to the point of fatigue to make up for the excessive flexibility.
One of the best ways to help gain and keep stability in your back is by living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight. Strength, on the other hand, is not as straightforward. Although exercise and directly strengthening the primary and supporting muscles in the back are crucial, excessive weight will quickly cause fatigue from just the static support of the back.
Lastly, being mindful of how the spine and back move and are used during activities can significantly improve back health. The less stress that can be placed along the back and the more the strong muscles can take up in the legs, the less likely strains or injuries will appear and cause pain.
If you have chronic back pain and want to learn more about treatment and prevention options, contact Nova Interventional Pain and Spine in Lansdowne, VA, at 571-510-3815 or visit www.novainterventionalpain.com to schedule a consultation today.