Your spine is what keeps your body together, so it’s crucial that you take care of it no matter how old you are.
Although the spine experiences some decline in both flexibility and function as the intervertebral discs and bones start to deteriorate over time, there are still various things you can do to help maintain your spine’s comfort as you age.
#8 – Brushing your teeth
Did you know that the pressure on your spine is way stronger when standing than when you’re walking? If you stand for many hours on a daily basis, you should certainly find a way to reduce the harmful impact on your spine. So, here’s what you can do about it:
– Don’t stand tall while you’re brushing your teeth! You should rather lean on the sink or wall to lower the daily pressure on your precious spine.
#7 – Washing up
If you pay attention to your standing position when you’re doing the dishes, you’ll notice that you’re often standing in a half-bent position while your arms are strained. This position can make the intervertebral discs of the thoracic section wear out faster, resulting in sharp pain between the shoulder blades.
To avoid all this damage, simply place a chair under your knee when you’re washing up to reduce the pressure.
#6 – Changing the car wheel
If you’re a car owner who got to change the car wheel at least once, then you know how this mission can leave you with annoying back pain for the rest of the day.
To avoid the unnecessary aches and keep your spine healthy, never bend over to the wheel. Instead, sit on the ground while keeping your eyes on the the fender of your car.
#5 – Carrying bags from the supermarket
Regardless of the fact that supermarkets make millions of dollars every year out of selling disposable bags, you should always take an extra bag. Those additional cents can actually save your spine from the harmful pressure.
To protect your spine health, remember to never lift any heavy object (over 5 kg for men and over 2 kg for women) without slightly bending your knees first. Also, make sure distribute the bags’ weight evenly in both hands while carrying them.
#4 – Washing the floor
While some of us clean up the house every day, most of us do it at least once a week, and of course, we all know very well how much pain it causes our spines, from weight lifting to strained legs and back.
To maintain a healthy spine and avoid the pain, never wash the floor with your hands, instead, use a brush or mop.
#3 – Lacing up your shoes
Anything you do while bending your body is harmful to your intervertebral discs due to the pressure. So you need to pay close attention to every sensation in your back throughout the day and avoid bent postures.
To protect your spine, never lace up your shoes while you’re standing and bending over or crouched on the floor. You should sit and pull your leg up instead.
#2 – Carrying a backpack
Backpacks are a great way to carry plenty of things in a little space, but the heavy weight and wrong way of carrying can easily damage your spine. To avoid hurting your spine, make sure to carry your backpack using both of the straps to evenly distribute the load on your shoulders.
Also, opt for backpacks that have soft and wide straps as they don’t put too much pressure on your spine and neck, as well as they offer better shock absorption.
#1 – Taking heavy objects from above
Your spine stretches when you pull your arms to reach up for a certain object. So try to picture the terrible impact on your spinal discs when all the weight of an object (no matter how light or heavy it is) collapses on them at once. Although the discs won’t explode, they will seriously suffer from great damage if you keep repeating such move.
To maintain optimal spine health, make sure the weight is at the level of your chest and use a chair when taking an object from above. You can also use a chair to minimize the pressure.