How to Protect Your Spine From Aging

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As you age, you may have noticed that the years are starting to take a toll on your body. Maybe your eyesight is not as pristine as it used to be, or your energy levels seem to plummet earlier in the day, or maybe it is your back and spine that is giving you trouble. While you can take great care of your spine by exercising, eating right, and seeking treatment for issues as they arise, at times age can win.

No matter how great of care you take of your body, at times there are factors that are out of your control. Certain things, such as spinal deterioration, are just nature’s way of slowing you down. After all, your spine has been holding you erect and serving as your nerve center for your entire life — it’s bound to get tired.

4 Tips to Protect Your Spine From Aging

While heredity plays a big part in how well you age, there are a few steps you can take to minimize the effects of aging, especially when it comes to your spinal health.

1. Increase Your Calcium

Talk to your spinal doctor at EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region about taking a calcium supplement to enhance your spinal health. As an alternative or in addition to a calcium supplement, eating foods that are high in calcium also prove beneficial. Try adding a variety of these high calcium foods to your diet.

  • Broccoli and kale
  • Almonds
  • Tofu
  • Canned salmon
  • Sardines
  • Dairy products

2. Exercise

Becoming a bodybuilder is not required, but by incorporating lifting weights and other weight-bearing exercises in your daily workout routine, you can strengthen your muscles and bones. This strengthening helps slow down spinal aging and its consequences. Try the exercises below to protect your spine from aging:

  • Jogging
  • Tennis
  • Walking
  • Climbing stairs
  • Weight-lifting

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is important for your overall health, as well as your spine health. It’s vital that you are comfortable at night so you get the sleep you need to protect your spine from aging. What you sleep on, such as the kind of mattress and pillow you use, is an important factor in how you sleep. When you have the right mattress, you awake rested and pain-free in the morning. Invest in a bed that provides such benefits as:

  • Firmness that supports your back all along its natural curves
  • Soft enough to be flexible at your hips and shoulders

4. Practice Good Posture

If your parents were always telling you sit up straight, they may have been on to something. You should always lift, stand, sit, reach and bend correctly to avoid injury. Take a little extra time if you need it; despite getting older, there’s no need to rush.

Contact EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region For Your Spine Care Needs

If you are suffering from back or spine pain, you may benefit from a visit with the physicians at the EmergoOrtho: Foothills Region Spine & Pain Clinic, formerly Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists. Our providers are experts in spinal conditions that are age related, and will help you achieve a pain free life. Protect your spine from aging, visit us today.