What can I do to keep my spine healthy?

There are a number of things you can do to keep your spine healthy.
  • Exercise regularly. Healthy muscles support proper alignment.
  • Eat healthily. Proper nutrition promotes healthy bones and joints.
  • Be aware of your posture and avoid slouching.
  • Raise your computer screen to eye level.
  • Text with your head straight, not looking down.
  • Change your pillow once a year. Pillows lose supportive qualities.
  • A supportive mattress is important for spinal alignment.
  • Backpacks: Do not carry over 15% of your body weight in the pack.
  • Computers and phones. Do not stay in the same position for a very long time. Reverse the position of your head and neck periodically by bringing your head back and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat every 15 minutes while on the computer.
  • Sleep on your back or side, not your stomach.
  • Don't wear shoes that are worn out.
  • Don't become overweight.
  • If you have symptoms like pain, fatigue, inability to focus, irritability, depression, etc., focus on the cause of the problem.
  • Drink lots of water. Even mild dehydration affects your overall health.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Learn to relax. Relaxation techniques like deep, relaxed breathing and visualization (positive thoughts) can promote good muscle and posture balance.

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