Spinal Deformities do not happen overnight. Sometimes you don’t realize that your spine has become crooked until signs and symptoms are felt. More so, it can take some time to properly diagnose and treat the causes of back pain.
Sometimes you may not even notice when your spinal curvature becomes distorted due to a severe curve in the spine or scoliosis until there is discomfort in the lower back or neck area.
The longer this goes untreated, the more difficult it can be for chiropractors to successfully treat injuries from these conditions because they have been exacerbated by poor postures or other activities that add stress on already weakened vertebrae. In order for them to get better, there needs to be an ample amount of specialized maintenance work done with physical therapy exercises and therapeutic massages for these areas as well as good eating habits and plenty of restful sleep at night.
Spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and other spinal deformities; these are all common sources of back pain. The good news is that they are typically manageable with a little lifestyle change. You can take it slow and make changes gradually to ease the discomfort and prevent it from getting worse.
Here are 5 things you can do to help prevent spinal deformities.
Allow your spine to rest when sleeping
The quality of your sleep directly impacts the quality of your day. Make sure you are sleeping on a firm mattress that can fully support you, so you don’t end up with back issues.
As you sleep, keep your spine naturally aligned. Back sleepers can place a pillow under the knees to reduce stress on the lower back. Side sleepers on the other hand may place a pillow between their knees to balance their hips.
Conduct Core Exercises to Strengthen Abs and Back Muscles
The core muscles are often neglected and not used, which can have a negative effect on the spine. Just by engaging these muscles in everyday activities we can help to keep them strong enough to support our backs.
The core muscles are often neglected and not used, which can have a negative effect on the spine. However, just by engaging these muscles in everyday activities we can help to keep them strong enough to support our backs while we carry out every day tasks such as carrying groceries or housework.
Consult your health professional or a physical therapist to know more about exercises that can help strengthen your core.
Choose the Right Shoes
You should always wear shoes that help support your lower back, whether it’s for daily use, work or exercise. The right shoes provide a supportive base that helps to keep your spine and body in perfect alignment so you can move comfortably without injury and pain.
You should find shoes that fit the back of your heel snugly, but not too tightly. Right fitting shoes will help prevent your foot from rolling to the outside or inside of your shoe, which can lead to injury. For added support and stability, there are orthotics you can use in some shoes.
Enjoy Regular Body Massages
There are many benefits of getting a massage from time to time. Not only can it help reduce stress and body pain, but the process offers an opportunity for relaxation and enjoyment.
Massages have been known to relieve pain in various parts of the body, as well as promote relaxation and happiness.
Massages are great for your health. They increase blood flow, loosen tight muscles and tissues, boost soothing, and provide stress-relief. For this reason, you should make time to get a regular massage from your preferred therapist if possible. If not, invest in a massage chair so that you can still enjoy the benefits of a relaxing massage at home on your own schedule.
Limit Total Sitting Time and Practice Good Ergonomics While Sitting
When sitting or standing, the discs in the lower spine become more loaded. Thus, avoid long periods of sitting to ease the pressure and prevent your back condition from worsening. In most cases, people slouch and lean forward when working on a computer. This can stress the lumbar discs more. Therefore, investing in the right office chair and practicing good posture while seated is essential in achieving better support for your back’s natural curves. It is likewise important to stretch and walk around at least once every hour of sitting.
Spinal Deformities and Chiropractic Care
There are three common kinds of spinal deformities, namely:
The vertebrae in the spine were once thought to be a series of stacked blocks, with each block fitting nicely into its place. As time progresses, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore as people’s facet joints and discs start deteriorating. When these things happen, some of the bones will tilt off balance and become deformed from their resting position. This is called scoliosis – an abnormal curvature of the spine that can cause pain and/or affect mobility.
Kyphosis is an abnormal forward rounding of the spine. In the upper back, kyphosis is commonly due to osteoporotic compression fractures. It can also occur in the lower spine. The condition limits functionality and results in a common complaint among older people: “I can’t stand up straight.”
In some cases, a patient may have too much curvature in their spine. This can lead to problems such as chronic back pain and strains on the muscles of the back. These patients are often candidates for spinal fusion surgery. Another common scenario is a patient who has previously had one or more spine surgeries. These patients can develop what is called “flat back syndrome,” which means they have lost some of the natural lordosis (inward curvature) of their lower spine.
With so many potential health concerns to be aware of, it’s important that you understand the difference between lordosis and a simple back pain. Lordosis is when your spine curves significantly inward which causes the pelvis to tilt forward – this gives the appearance of an arch in your lower back. The main symptom of lordosis is chronic low-back pain because there is too much weight being put on one side of the spinal column. On the other hand, if you’re experiencing acute low-back pain and are unsure as to what could be causing it, then don’t panic! It might just be a minor muscle sprain or strain from overexertion.
The condition called “lordosis” has been around for centuries but it can sometimes go unnoticed until more advanced symptoms start showing up such as chronic low-back pain or even impaired breathing capacity due to a curvature in the lungs’ natural position.
For adults with spinal deformities such as scoliosis, non-drug and non-invasive chiropractic treatments can provide relief from pain by decreasing pressure on the body’s nervous system.
Chiropractors often recommend staying active without increasing the symptoms of this condition.
When it comes to your back problems, prevention and taking care of your spine is of utmost importance. You can make simple changes in the day you conduct your daily activities, exercises, and your sleeping positions. Also, take note of the things that can help support your spine and your back, such as a firm mattress and well-balanced footwear.