This guest post was written by Efraim Landa
Roughly between 80 and 90 percent of the general population suffer from some sort of spinal pain. As a general rule, those who suffer from back pain are usually less healthy than people who do not. There are great financial costs associated with various conditions that arise each year and along with this is the lost time by many who cannot work because of poor spine health. There are many deficits that accrue due to taking time off for various types of spine procedures. Keeping your spine healthy is part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are many things that individuals can do to ensure spine health. Following some simple health rules concerning proper posture, lifting and basic healthy habits can help keep your back and spine in optimal condition. Adhering to the following guidelines does not guarantee that you will never have any back pain but they can help reduce the risks of developing pain. Here are some simple guidelines that can help you maintain a healthy spine and avoid many types of spine procedures.
The way we sit can have an enormous effect on our spine health. While you are seated, make sure your knees are situated just a little higher than the hips. Remember to hold your head up and keep your back straight. Slouching should be totally avoided.
Standing incorrectly, especially for long periods of time, can have an adverse effect on spine health. While you are standing simply keep one foot out a little bit in front of the other one and keep your knees bent slightly. Standing properly can help remove pressure off the lower back area. When standing for a long period of time do not bend forward at the waist. Standing bent at the waist can cause the lower back muscles to become de-conditioned and this can lead to much back pain.
Lifting and Carrying
Twisting should be completely avoided while lifting any amount of weight. Twisting in general can be one of the most hazardous movements for the spine but this is especially true when lifting. For items that are too heavy to lift, try pushing it instead of pulling on it. Push heavy items using your legs rather than your upper body or your back. For very heavy items always get someone to help you. When you do have to carry an object, especially if it is heavy, carry it as close to the body as you possibly can.
When you sleep on your back you put pressure on your spine; nearly 50 pounds of pressure. Other positions are easier on your back. Place a pillow under the knees when you lay on your back. This will relieve about half of this pressure. Try relieving pressure by lying on your side; remember to place a pillow between your knees. Any position that causes any section of the spine pain should be avoided. Usually, your body sends very clear messages as to what position is best for your spine health.
The Role of Healthy Diet and Exercise
Try to keep within a 10 pound range of your ideal weight to help ease strain on the back and to ensure proper spine health. The best way to achieve this goal is to eat a sensible diet and maintain a regular exercise regimen. Always talk to your physician before beginning any type of exercise program.
Efraim Landa is an entrepreneur and the CEO of Gluco Vista a company that makes non invasive glucose meters. Efraim has many years of experience in medical devices and has a wide degree of knowledge in the medical field.