Keeping Your Spine Healthy

Written by Pliro
Aug 23, 2018 Last updated: Aug 19, 2018

Why is spine important?

The spine is more than just bones. Supporting the head and providing a scaffold for several other important body structures is one of its main features. However, one of the main parts of the central nervous system is closely associated to the spine and is prone to suffer when the spine becomes injured or deformed. The bone marrow present within the spine is especially important. It holds the stem cells responsible for the development of blood cells (white and red). From a mobility standpoint, the spine is absolutely necessary for twisting and turning.

Spinal injuries are very well known and somewhat feared even within the medical community. Many different systems can become compromise due to these injuries and any kind of medical intervention there is very delicate.

In general, the spine is a place where many of the most important systems of your body meet and it should be protected from sudden and chronic stress.

Major issues

Many things can put pressure on the spine and discs. The first signs of spinal problems can begin during your late twenties, people with lifestyles more active and involving a lot of physical stress may experience them sooner.

Your posture while sleeping, walking, standing and exercising is important. However, over 50% of the human adult population spends up to 6 hours of each day sitting down at work, in cars or waiting, making your posture while sitting one very important factor that (if incorrect) can cause spinal problems.

Now, there are many different types of spinal problems, they vary in intensity and cause. However, a good example of a very common type of problem that many people face is “lower back pain”, a condition frequently caused by (among other things), mild spinal deformation and/or inflammation that leads to intense pain in the lower half of an individual’s back. This condition can be chronic if no actions are taken and the pain itself can last a very long time if a damaged disk in involved (they don’t heal in the same way muscle does).

How to keep it healthy

We know that is very difficult to avoid sitting down for a large part of the day and the international community understands this too, therefore, some basic guidelines have been provided to improve posture at almost every moment of your day.

Here are some general tips

  • Aerobics, flexion and extension stretches should be a part of your routine.
  • Practice proper posture.
  • Don’t lift objects heavier than ¼ of your own weight.
  • A diet rich in vitamin D will keep your bones strong.
  • Avoid/ quit smoking.
  • Buy a firm and supportive mattress.
  • If you suffer from recurring and debilitating back pain, seek professional help.
  • Any kind of exercise you choose needs to avoid repetitive motions and excessive effort.
  • Avoid bad neck posture while using handheld devices.

Spinal problems can be painful and expensive in the long run. Preventing them with simple low-impact exercises and some lifestyle adjustments is cheap and simple.