Correcting Spinal Alignment: Our Guide
Correcting spinal alignment is extremely important for the overall wellbeing of your entire body. When your spine is out of alignment, it typically causes other conditions to arise. While some of these conditions may be on the more tolerable side, where they do not interfere with day-to-day life, some of the conditions which transpire from poor spinal alignment may become something where a great deal of intervention is eventually required. Read on to learn more about the importance of correcting spinal alignment and how we at neurosurgery & Spine Consultants can help!
The Importance of Correcting Spinal Alignment
As stated above, the importance of correcting spinal alignment cannot be overstated enough. The spine is one of the most important parts of the human body. Without proper alignment and functionality of your spine, you run the risk of developing unwanted conditions which could affect your quality of life. Below, we’ll explore various methods on how one may go about correcting their spinal alignment over time.
How to Correct Spinal Alignment
We’re glad you asked! There are multiple methods when choosing to correct the spinal alignment within our backs. Some are simple, some are complex. Let’s explore some of the most common ways to correct spinal alignment.
Maintain Good Posture
The number one way to start off with proper spinal alignment is maintaining good posture from a young age. If you’re maintaining good posture as you grow through your developing years, you’ll most likely stick with the habit throughout your adult life. It’s similar to when you choose to maintain proper dental hygiene as a child. Those same habits will likely stay with you throughout your entire adult life, as they;’re so ingrained by the time you reach adulthood, they’re an afterthought. If you did not maintain the best posture growing up, it’s still important to maintain the best posture you can starting now. This means attempting to stand up straight, head held high, and shoulders pushed back. You’ll not only feel the mechanical benefits over time of maintaining good posture, you’ll likely feel more confident as well due to the simple act of standing with a newfound vantage point on life.
Strengthen Your Back & Core Muscles
Strengthening your back and core muscles will do wonders for your entire body, yet it will ultimately improve your posture naturally over time. The muscles in your core area support your spine’s stability. Without a strong core, you’re more likely to have a weaker stability factor when it comes to your back, neck, and spine. Abdominal muscles may look good, but it’s really all about the true, underlying strength of your abdominal muscles. Don’t fret if you’re not rocking 6-pack abs, just focus on the true strength behind your abdominal muscles and slowly but surely build your endurance, stamina, and strength over time.
Support Your Spine While Sleeping
Supporting your spouse while sleeping with a high-quality, supportive mattress, and high-quality, comfortable pillows will help you have a better night’s rest, better recovery to allow the body to heal, and less stress on your neck, back, and spine. A quality mattress and pillow can be a gamechanger for not just your spine, but your overall lifestyle. Waking up feeling well rested and ready to take on the day will allow you to focus on improving yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, etc… each and every day.
Avoid Smoking, Recreational Drugs, & Alcohol
Smoking, recreational drugs, and alcohol all cause extreme inflammatory responses in the human body. Avoiding these vices will help your body heal at a faster rate and will likely reduce the chance of accidents occurring which could injure your spine. Living life with a clear, healthy body and mind will allow you to be your best self each and every day.
Wear the Right Footwear
Wearing the right footwear which is comfortable, supportive, and provides the right level of stability for the wearer will help you maintain a better spinal alignment than if you were to wear uncomfortable heels, or maybe even a stylish pair of shoes which may look in fashion, yet are horrible for your posture and spinal alignment. Oftentimes, it’s better to keep footwear simple and supportive, rather than complicated and fashionable for your neck, back, and spine.
Visit Our Physical Therapy Center
Our physical therapy center is dedicated to providing you with some of the best preoperative and postoperative care you can receive. We’re also happy to treat you if surgery is not even on the table as an option. Our physical therapists are well-trained in treating spinal conditions of all kinds through non-invasive, strength-building techniques which may significantly improve your quality of life.
Consult With Our Surgeons to Determine if Surgery is Necessary
If surgery is deemed to be a possibility, you’ll be able to consult with our team of surgeons to understand what your next steps may be. We always treat surgery as the last resort option for our patients, and we understand the anxiety and stress which may come with spinal surgery. You can rest assured you’re in great hands here at Neurosurgery & Spine Consultants. We treat our patients as family and we look forward to working with you to improve your health and stop your pain.
Contact Us at Neurosurgery & Spine Consultants
If you’re seeking out different ways to correct your spinal alignment, you’ll want to reach out to us using the form below. We’ll be sure to respond to your message as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you soon and we’re eager to help you on your journey towards a healthy life once again!