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Healthy Spine Tips From Your Mother

We know you can still hear it like it was just yesterday – your mom advising (not nagging) you to do certain things while you were growing up. If you don’t eat your vegetables, no dessert! No coffee – it will stunt your growth. If you keep making that face it will get frozen like that.

Well, your mother probably had some great advice for a healthy spine, so we hope you were paying attention. We’re almost certain everyone has heard these two pieces of advice at least once in their life. The good news is they can genuinely help you maintain a healthy spine.

So, this blog goes out to all of the moms out there. Thank you for caring enough to let us know what’s good for us.

Stop slouching!

We’re sure you’ve heard various versions of this throughout your life, from stop slouching to sit up straight. It turns out your mother was just trying to teach you correct posture.

You may be thinking that good posture isn’t very important. Why does it matter if you aren’t sitting up straight all of the time? This may surprise you but when it comes to maintaining good health, good posture is right up there with eating well, regular exercise, and getting enough sleep.

Since posture is a learned behavior, it’s important to focus on it early in life. Children with poor posture are more likely to develop back pain and other conditions of the spine as they age. Children with poor posture are more likely to develop back pain as they age. Click To Tweet

Drink your milk!

Was milk a staple at your table while you were growing up? We sure hope so. Turns out your mom knew what she was talking about – children do need calcium to build strong bones.

Below is the recommended daily intake of calcium for children of all ages.

  • 1 to 3 years old — 700 milligrams of calcium daily
  • 4 to 8 years old — 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily
  • 9 to 18 years old — 1,300 milligrams of calcium daily

If children consistently don’t get their recommended daily intake of calcium, they are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis as they age because calcium is vital to developing bone mass. Children need calcium to develop bone mass. Click To Tweet
If you received these healthy spine tips while you were growing up, it looks like you have another reason to thank your mother for this Mother’s Day. So, among all of the other things you have to thank your mom for this weekend, don’t forget to thank her for caring about your spine health before you even knew you had to.

Good Posture: Easy As 123

Throughout your entire life, you have been taught that good posture is essential to your health. How many times have you had someone tell you to stand or sit up straight? Probably too many to count.

Good posture has many benefits to your overall health. It can help relieve, or even prevent, neck and back pain. Good posture also greatly minimizes the likelihood of needing spine surgery. In short, it enables you to live a happier, healthier life.

The problem is, the general population doesn’t know what good posture feels like. Often people are so stuck in their poor posture habits, they don’t even realize they are doing it. Admit it, you probably aren’t sitting properly as you read this blog post. You’re probably slouching or your shoulders are slumping. Did you realize it before it was mentioned?

By following the steps below, you will be able to experience what good posture really feels like.

  1. Stand up straight with your hands at your sides. Slowly begin to arch your back, causing your stomach muscles to elongate. Gently focus on drawing your belly button into your spine. You should feel like your lower back, upper torso, and shoulders are all in alignment over your heels.
  2. Now, rotate your shoulders so that your thumbs are facing away from your body while simultaneously drawing your shoulder blades together.
  3. Relax the muscles in your neck and look up until your ears align with your shoulders. It is important to be sure to relax your jaw and breathe deeply through your mouth and nose.

How do you feel? Let us boil down the feeling of good posture to a snippet you will be able to remember: With your stomach and lower back muscles elongated, you can feel the strong muscles between your shoulder blades and their supporting neck muscles.

If this feeling is familiar, congratulations you have been practicing great posture for a while now! If not, you may want to run through this exercise several times a day to try to make good posture a habit. You know what they say, it takes 21 days to form a habit. Just three weeks of practicing good posture and you will be well on your way to a healthier life.

While good posture cannot prevent all ailments, it can go a long way in keeping your spine happy. If you have any questions regarding good posture or any spinal condition, please feel free to contact us.