The 5 best ways to prevent a slipped disc
Most of the time a visit to the doctor occurs because something went wrong – you came down with a cold or you‘re injured. But what if you could prevent an injury from happening in the first place? Preventive care is unfortunately overlooked far too often.
In this case, what’s overlooked may be proper care for your spine. Read on to learn five easy ways to prevent a slipped disc. Trust us – it’s worth it to read these tips.
Knowledge is power. First, you should know that a slipped disc occurs when the gel-like interior of a disc is pushed into the harder, exterior lining of the disc. Also referred to as a prolapsed or bulging disc, this condition can happen as the result of an acute injury, or it can slowly occur over time. A slipped disc is typically the undetected precursor to worse problems – such as the disc fully rupturing and leading to immediate and intense pain. The goal is to adjust your habits so the latter doesn’t happen to you.
Flexibility is key. Over time it becomes harder for the body to maintain consistent levels of flexibility and movement. This is why regular, low-impact exercise is so essential. Walking, yoga or flexible strength classes at your local gym can help your joints stay lubricated and strong, thus fighting the negative effects of aging. Continue drinking water frequently throughout your daily routine as well – your body needs to be hydrated to function at its best.
Maintain correct posture. To avoid an injury, be aware of how you move and position yourself on a regular basis. A slipped disc can occur gradually as bad habits go unchecked, so be aware of how your body is affected by your everyday actions. If you have a desk job, consider adjusting your seating arrangement to keep pressure off your lower back. For more active jobs, be careful to lift properly and avoid unnecessary strain on your lower back.
Lift carefully. Nothing puts more unnecessary strain on your lower back than rushing to lift something too quickly, or worse, lifting something that’s too heavy for you. A painful injury is not worth the few minutes you think you might save by not taking proper precautions. Learn your limitations, lift with a partner and spare your back the aggravation.
Be health conscious. It may seem obvious, but it bears repeating – your spine is the foundation of your whole body, so avoid overloading it. Regular exercise and proper nutrition can help you maintain a healthy weight and take pressure off your lower back. Loads of fried, fatty or sugary foods can also rob your body of essential nutrients – ones that could keep your joints healthy, functioning and happy.
When it comes to your health and enjoying life, preventive care is priceless!