Tens of millions of people suffer from chronic back pain and they spend over 50 billion dollars on pain meds per year. That should give you some idea of how important it is for good spine health.
The number of people experiencing back pain, back injuries and back surgeries has grown to astronomical levels. Helping people with back problems is big business these days, between Chiropractors, Spine Surgeons, Spine Centers and Specialists, Acupuncture and Massage.
When you are younger, you don’t even think about it. Body-wise you often feel somewhat invincible. But it is not uncommon that injuries (both minor and major injuries) which occur when you are younger cause wear and tear on the connective tissue, discs and brain and are often paid for sorely later in life.
There has been quite a bit of news about the long-term effects from sports injuries. Concussions that can cause long-term brain damage as well as other spinal and neurological disorders can cause disabilities that one may have to live with for the rest of their lives.
Be smart about it – take good care of your spine and prevent what could otherwise end up as very painful situations later. Here are some basic tips:
* When lifting heavy things, keep your back straight and use your legs and arm muscles to lift.
* Avoid brutal sports that are more prone to serious damage to your spine, connective tissue, brain and nervous system.
* Practice good posture – don’t hump over a computer for long hours – keep your back and neck straight as much as possible.
* Exercise and strengthen your back and core muscles with safe exercises done at least 3 times per week. I will post some of the best back exercises that you can do on the HealthKick website.
Whether you are young, old or somewhere in between – this is important for everyone. Your spine is fairly delicate and the entire nervous system for the body runs through the spine. Take good care of it so it can perform well and last you a full lifetime.