• Spinal Wellness Tips for patients in Collinsville, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Granite City, Maryville & the entire Metro-East Area

    When it comes to our spinal health, many times, we don’t even know what we’re doing to cause the problems that we have. Due to this, we’ve created a list of spinal wellness tips that can help you keep your spine in better condition in-between visits. As a general rule, it’s best to be cautious when it comes to lifting or other physical activity, but spine problems can arise from any number of things that aren’t physical activity. Read these helpful spinal tips and feel free to call or contact our staff with questions if you need more information!

  • Spinal Wellness Tips

    Standing – Simple standing can cause back problems. If you know that you’re going to be standing for an extended period of time, be sure to wear comfortable shoes that will provide arch and back support. If you have to be on your feet at a formal event for a long period, it’s smart to use orthotic inserts that will provide the support that you need.

  • Sitting at a Desk – If you work at a desk, it’s important that you pay attention to your posture as you sit. Many workers develop a slouch due to office chairs with improper support. Additionally, stand up and walk around at least once every 30 minutes to prevent problems associated with sitting in chairs for long periods.

  • Lifting – Lifting heavy objects is one of the most common ways that people injure themselves. This is due to a couple of things. Either they are lifting something that is too heavy, or they are lifting it incorrectly. Never lift something that you’re struggling with – this means that it’s too heavy and you could injure yourself. Also, always lift with your legs to save your back.

  • Exercising/Physical Activity – When getting ready to exercise or participate in a sporting event, it’s vital that you warm up with proper stretches to prevent muscle pulls, sprains and tears. Even light activity could cause pain and other problems if you’re not warmed up appropriately.

  • Talking on the Phone – When talking on the phone for long periods, don’t cradle the phone between your neck and shoulder. This could cause serious spinal pain and other problems. Instead, use speakerphone or hold the phone to your ear.

    Resting or Sleeping – Having proper support is important for prevent injuries caused by awkward sleeping positions. Make sure your pillow and mattress provide sufficient support. If you’re waking up with stiffness or pain, it’s time to evaluate your sleeping situation.