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Spine Tips


The following tips can help you take better care of your spine:

1) Make sure you have a firm mattress that keeps the spine aligned and supports the spine's natural curve. The best sleeping positions are on your back or side.

2) When standing for extended periods, rest one foot on a small stool to maintain spinal curvature and relieve pressure. The knees should be bent when bending forward. Low-heeled shoes may help by maintaining spinal curvatures and cushioning your weight.

3) Use chairs that promote good posture and support your back. Placing a lumbar support in the lower portion of your back may help support your spine's natural curve. Readjust the seat of your car so that your knees are level with your hips.

4) When bending forward, bend at the knees and hips, but keep your back straight. This will help to keep your spine's curvature in proper alignment. When lifting, keep your spine straight, while using your legs to do most of the work. Hold the objects being lifted close to your body to keep the weight on your spine to a minimum.

5) Stretch your back and legs daily for 10 minutes. Pilates and yoga are some of the best exercises for a healthy and pain free back. Do tummy and lower back exercises 4-5 days per week. Dr. Phillips can show you how!