Now that summer has arrived in Australia, the weather is encouraging people to head outside to have some fun in the sun. However, as people age, the body becomes less enthusiastic about strenuous fun. As someone who may have noticed their back is becoming more painful as time passes, you know that you need to do something about your back health sooner rather than later. Making an appointment with your local chiropractor is one thing you can do to address back health. But if you have to wait until the new year to get an appointment, there are three things you can do now to reduce the impact of ageing on your spine.
Begin Each Day With A Stretch
As you age, your spine loses its elasticity, and that is one reason why you feel back pain after you've been asleep overnight. To limber up your back and spine for the day ahead, start each morning with a stretch. Stretching loosens up the muscles around the spine, which in turns allows you to move with more flexibility. While you could look up stretching exercises online, it is better to have a consultation with a chiropractor to discuss this. A chiropractor will not only recommend the best stretches for your particular situation, but they will also teach you how to stretch properly.
Once you have stretched, it is time to get active.
Choose Low-Impact Exercise
Exercise is important as a person ages. A healthy weight means less pressure on your body's joints at a time when arthritis commonly starts to take hold. However, while you are living with back pain, the best type of exercise is one with low impact. You cannot get more low impact than walking. If you don't want to walk outside because it's too hot or the only time you can walk is when the sky is dark, then fire up a walking workout on YouTube. These workouts can be done in the privacy of your lounge.
Stand Tall And Straight
Daily stretching and exercise help to warm up your spine, but your posture throughout the rest of the day impacts your back pain levels too. Make a conscious effort to stand up straight rather than slouching. Pull your shoulders back and push your chest out every time you stand up to move around. If you need help to correct back posture habits, talk to your chiropractor.
These three tips help reduce the impact of back and spinal pain, and it's never too late to start using them on a daily basis.