From the desk of Dr. Kathie (Chiropractor)

Did you know that October 16th is World Spine Day? To help you have a healthier spine this World Spine Day, here are my top 10 tips to keep your spine healthy and pain free!

  1. Exercise Regularly– This doesn’t have to be anything overly strenuous. Something as simple as a daily walk can make a huge difference. Try downloading the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia’s Just Start Walking App at http://www.juststartwalking.com.au
  2. Eat A Healthy Diet– Proper nutrients allow the body to repair itself easier
  3. Maintain Good Posture– Are you sitting up straight as you read this?
  4. Stretch Your Spine Before And After Sports– This will also help to loosen up the surrounding muscles
  5. Don’t Overload Your Backpack Or Purse– Remember to carry it over both shoulders to balance the load (if possible).
  6. Stretch Your Legs And Back After Each Hour Of Sitting– Whether in a car or at a desk, stretching regularly will help to keep you from tightening up or injuring yourself further. If you get distracted and forget, this handy widget will remind you. Download it at http://whatsyourposture.com.au/sit-right/about-the-sit-right-widget/
  7. Never Cradle The Phone Between Your Neck And Shoulder
  8. Sleep On Your back Or Side, Not On Your Stomach– This helps to keep your spine in line and reduces the risk of hurting your neck while you sleep
  9. Invest In A Good Chair, Pillow And Mattress– When you think about the amount of time you use these things each day, it’s worth it.
  10. Have Regular Spinal Check-Ups– It’s much easier to prevent a problem than to correct one.

I hope these tips help you maintain a healthy spine! If you think you might need a postural check up, make sure you call the office to book (02) 9651 5559!