Improve your Spinal Health in the New Year
With the New Year just beginning we at Herts & Beds Chiropractic centre suggest it’s now the time to start thinking about how you can make meaningful changes to your life for better health. Here are six steps to improve your spinal health and overall wellness.
1.Exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Not only will you decrease your risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease but you may also experience a reduction in aches and pains in the body. Exercise also releases our ‘happy hormones’ so get out and take a walk today.
2. Eat a balanced and healthy diet and lose weight. Carrying extra weight increases the pressure onto joints and spine making you more susceptible to symptoms especially in the low back, hips, knees, ankles and osteoarthritic symptoms. Ensure that you are getting your vitamins and minerals from fresh healthy vegetables.
3. Stop smoking. Cigarette smoking increases your risk of spinal conditions and arthritic changes. New research shows that smokers who attempt to quit in January are more successful because of the extra motivation the New Year provides.
4.Reduce stress levels. Use deep breathing techniques, meditation, going on walks, and take breaks throughout the day can all aid in stress reduction. Lowering your stress can make your immune system more resilient and decrease the tightness in your body that can occur when we are stressed leading to pain and dysfunction.
5.Laugh and be happy. Laughter doesn’t just relieve mental stress; it also fires off a cascade of physical reactions that benefit your health. Studies show that laughing can stimulate the heart, muscles, and lungs— not to mention the flurry of endorphins that are released after a good giggling session.
6.See a chiropractor. The spine plays an important role in your overall health by ensuring that your nervous system is functioning smoothly. Chiropractors do not only relieve pain from spinal conditions, they can also assist in improving your overall health.
See your chiropractor for ways to have a healthier, happier new year.