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Many Americans today suffer from debilitating back problems that started with simple soreness and poor posture. Unfortunately, rather than correcting their posture with easy, effective chiropractic care options, they allow their back pains to grow worse and worse until they throw out their back!
But even if you're one of those people who have yet to discover lasting back relief after years of dysfunctional posture, it's never too late to begin strengthening your back and your other core muscles with specific chiropractic-approved routines. After all, it's in your central core muscles where the most bodily activity happens; whether it's bending over to lift something or jumping up to grab a rebound, our core muscles are involved with just about every movement we do.
Check out some simple tips for improving your posture and strengthening your core from Redondo Family Chiropractic Inc.in Federal Way, WA:
When lifting something, don't bend from your waist when standing upright. This can put extra stress on your back muscles, which raises your risk of throwing out your back later on. Instead, keep your back straight and crouch down so you're closer to eye level with the thing you're going to carry. This puts the stress on muscles like your arms and shoulders, which aren't used nearly as often as your back muscles and so can handle the stress when you lift.
Engage in exercises that strengthen your core. Specifically, abdominal and lower back exercises help improve both strength and mobility in your core muscles. Try doing workouts that involve flexing, extending, or rotating your spine in slow, controlled motions, like yoga and pilates.
Stretch early and often. Remembering to stretch before every workout-- or even on days absent of workouts - helps to release any pockets of stress or stiffness in your body that can have a direct impact on the way you carry yourself, both regarding your general posture and your demeanor. Stretching your core muscles often helps ensure that your posture is freed up from any bad habits you might be unknowingly falling into.
For more information about why having better posture can help save your back from future pains, give Andrew Winger, D.C., at Redondo Family Chiropractic Inc. in Federal Way, WA a call today at (253) 941-6977.
- Disc injury
- Joint injury
- Muscle injury
- Make sure you have a place to put the object you are lifting.
- If you need to turn while lifting the object, use your feet to pivot, not your back.
- Your leg muscles should be the ones providing the power during your motion to stand erect, not your back.
- Keep the object close to your body in order to maximize the use of your arms and shoulder muscles.
- Keep your chest forward and bend at your hips, or knees, not your lower back.
- When lifting, push your chest out, pointing forward. Avoid twisting or turning during your lift as this will cause injury.
- Lead with your hips, not your shoulders and keep your shoulders in line with your hips.
- Don’t lift any objects that are obviously too heavy.