Do any of your immediate family members experience back pain, caused by vertebral disc break down or similar? If so then you are four times more likely to experience it yourself.
But rather than wait for degenerative disc conditions to crop up, let’s look at what you can do to limit the effect.
Gentle exercise is necessary to maintain a healthy spine, keeping your discs hydrated and happy.
While it would be best to seek out a physical therapist to help develop a plan for you, really any simple program that focuses on stretching and strengthening your core can really benefit you. It does so by helping you to distribute nutrients to your spinal discs, reducing inflammation and keeping the surrounding tissue healthy.
If you know that you’re predisposed to damaged or degenerative discs then it’s crucial that you limit additional pressure being placed on them. You can do this by following the below cues:
- Stand up straight.
- Keep your shoulders back.
- Pull your stomach in.
- Keep your head level.
- Let your arms hang down and keep your feet shoulder width apart.
There are also options that a medical professional can put in place for you to help maintain spine and disc health. These would include treatments like chiropractic adjustments, limiting abnormalities from developing in your spine, or non-surgical spinal decompression which helps stretch your discs. This allows for the space between them to flood with nutrient dense fluid that encourages health.
Regardless of the action you take, it’s important that you do consider the long term health of your spine if back pain runs in your family. Speak to one of our experts today, and we can develop a custom plan for you and your needs.