The back is one of the major muscles in the human body. While it can bear much weight and is known to keep the body aligned and upright, it is also prone to pain, tears, and strain.
Whether you’re young or old, the back is important, and good health regarding the back is something all should be mindful of. Being sure to take steps to better care for the back and keeping the spine in the proper alignment is vital.
Why is Back Health Important?
As we know it, the spine is the bones within the back holding it all together. The spine must be properly aligned in order for the rest of the body to have the necessary balance.
A misaligned spine has been proven to cause greater issues within the body, strongly affecting the immune system as a whole.
Because the spinal cord is directly connected to the nervous system and the brain, it’s vital to know when the spine needs extra care. The direct correlation between those parts of the body can many times be the cause of one not being able to properly function, the nerves being cut off and not flowing through the body as they should, and misalignment can also be responsible for circulation, cognitive and emotional problems in the body.
How Can a Chiropractor Help With Back Health?
Most chiropractors specialize in the care of the spinal cord. Whether you’ve injured your back due to an accident, maybe you’re aging or maybe your lack of nutrition within the body has caused a breakdown to the discs within the back, a chiropractor can help.
They are trained to recognize issues beneath the spine and beyond the spine that may be causing strain and/or pain to the body.
A chiropractor is trained to treat the spine whether that be manipulating it or manually adjusting it, being sure it’s in the proper alignment is always the goal. Surgery and medication aren’t always the first choice, that’s where chiropractic care comes in.
Aging takes a toll on the joints, ligaments, muscles and many times brings about pains that one doesn’t always know how to control or escape. Seeing a chiropractor can help keep a better handle on those pains that are inevitable.
As you age it’s important to get the proper care for the body being sure anything serious is addressed before it worsens, and it’s important to know what steps need to be taken being sure your back is in the best health.
Seeing a chiropractor to ensure great back health is a decision all should consider making. Not only will it help with the health of your back, but it will also help with your mobility, helping you to better get around. The more relaxed the back and the more it’s adjusted on a regular, keeping it in its rightful position, the more freely you’ll be able to move about.
Do I Have To Visit a Chiropractor?
While it’s quite beneficial to visit a chiropractor near your area, it’s not something all choose to do. Whether alongside chiropractic care or standing alone, there are other options one can take to be sure the back is remaining in good health.
Exercising is a great tool whether young or old, it’s a great way to keep the heart in top shape and while working on the heart there are specific exercises that target the back. Not only do those exercises help with the back but while working on the back they also assist with the mobility of the body.
Living as a senior many times can bring trouble regarding mobility, therefore it’s important to do what you can to keep that at a minimum.
Two Exercises to Perform For Good Back Health:
Back extensions and hip extensions are two exercises that you can perform each day helping with your mobility and leaving the back less stiff and strain-free.
1. Back extensions:
To perform a back extension you’ll want to first consider whether you want to perform it on the floor, using a machine in the gym or perform it using weights/dumbbells generally performed on a machine.
As a beginner it’s best to begin doing this exercise on an exercise mat or a towel, only using your body. First, you’ll want to lay down on your stomach with your legs straight out behind you. Placing your hands by your side with your elbows bent and facing the back, being sure your hands are in alignment with your chest on each side, push your body up until you feel the stretch in your lower back. Your upper back should be up while your lower half is pressing into the floor. Hold that position for a minimum of 30 seconds and release. It’s safe to perform this exercise for a maximum of 3 sets.
Back extensions will help with posture whether standing or sitting, and posture plays a major role in mobility and helps to prevent excessive pressures in the back.
2. Hip extensions:
While this seems to be an exercise for the lower half, it greatly assists with the hips and when the hips are balanced and relaxed, it helps with the back and it’s mobility as well. This exercise can be done at the gym on a machine also, or resistance bands can be used to do this exercise on the floor.
While on your hands and knees with hands under the shoulders and knees under hips, lift and push out one leg and foot at a time. You should feel the tightening of your glutes when performing this stretch. Think of it as kicking back. Hold the exercise for a brief moment and switch sides, performing that set for a minimum of 10 to 12 times.
When performing these exercises it’s important to breathe correctly. Exhaling on the release helps in performing the exercise in the most efficient way.
How Will These Exercises Help?
Performing lower back exercises, hip exercises and some leg exercises are vital in the strengthening of the back and helping to increase mobility.
A strong back helps with mobility, and a strong back helps with posture, and great posture keeps the spine in the proper alignment, which correlates with the health of the rest of the body.
Guest post by Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. is the founder of Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab and has been a chiropractor for over 20 years. His practice has treated thousands of patients using various services designed to help give you long-lasting relief from different health problems, such as professional physical rehab therapy in the city Anchorage, chiropractic care, and massage therapy.
Dr. Wells is also the author of over 700 online health articles that have been featured on sites such as Dr. Axe and Lifehack. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians. And he continues his education to remain active and updated in all studies related to neurology, physical rehab, biomechanics, spine conditions, brain injury trauma, and more.