Taking care of my spine

Taking care of spine

As we now know, as we age, our spines changes :

Our discs dry out and provide less vertebrae cushioning. They also become more vulnerable to herniation.

The ligaments and muscles in our spine become less flexible.

Our spine joints lose fluid and cartilage, contributing to spinal osteoarthritis.

Our vertebrae lose mineral density and become thinner.

Although no living thing on earth gets any younger, there are a few things we can do to help lessen or, at least, postpone and maybe prevent these normal ageing changes:

The best tips I can give is the following:

  1. Stretch and strengthen the back.

Gentle stretches of the lower back, hips, and buttocks are always good at maintaining flexibility.  Aquatics, yoga, and Pilates are all very good forms of exercise for the spine.


  1. Maintain a healthy weight.

Any excess weight puts stress on all our joints, especially the lower back.


  1. Use proper body-mechanics.

This means that there is a right way and a wrong way of using our backs daily. With activities like lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, picking up and cleaning, there is a certain alignment and movement pattern that we need to use to take care of our backs.


  1. Keep moving.

In our day-to-day living, we may not be moving like our bodies like to. We sit at desks, use computers, laptops and cell phones. When home, we watch TV… Our spines like movement. Prolonged sedentary positions weaken our muscles and make us prone to injury.


  1. Improve your postural alignment.

This is of the utmost importance for a healthy spine. Standing or sitting crookedly, especially in a work environment, aggravates tension in certain areas and can strain joints.


Regarding all these things mentioned – we can help you! If you need any education. Advice and assistance – call your physio. We want to work with you to take care of your spine.

Call us 07 4053 6222 for an appointment to let us teach you how to take care of your spine.