The Big Thaw: Getting Your Spine Ready For Spring
Finally, spring is right around the corner! After months of cold and indoor activities, most of us can’t wait to spend our days and evenings soaking up the mild spring air outdoors. Whether this means days spent gardening or brisk walks at night, spine care specialist, Dr. Grigory Goldberg, urges everyone to mind their spine and prepare their bodies for the increase in activities before spring officially blooms. Dr. Goldberg offers helpful tips for what we refer to as “The Big Thaw.” Read on to learn what you should be doing to prepare your back for the change of seasons.
Tips For Preparing Your Spine For Spring:
- Opt For Foot Support Over Foot Fashion: Strappy sandals look great but offer minimal support for your feet. Spine health starts with supportive footwear. The less support your feet have, the harder your spine has to work. Sandals have negative effects on the shins and calves, and these effects can travel upwards and cause spine instability. Whether you’re spending the day planting flowers or are strolling the boardwalk with friends, opt for sandal options that offer adequate, full-body support.
- Warm Up: Take a hint from the weather and warm up your body before any activity. The fastest way to damage your spine is to engage in strenuous physical activity without properly preparing your ligaments and muscles. Most of us decrease our physical activity level in the colder months. Start taking a little time each day to warm your muscles up in preparation for the increase in movement as the weather warms.
- Don’t Neglect The Core: Working your ab muscles is about more than just looking good on the beach. It is critical for gaining the strength needed to support your lower back. A solid core allows your spine to easily support the weight of your body. A weak core means your lower back has to overwork itself to support your body during your activities. As you’re preparing for the warm weather, spend a few minutes each day strengthening your abs.
Get ready for spring by strengthening your whole body. It takes no more than a few minutes each day and can mean the difference between a season of fun in the sun and a season spent recovering from a spinal injury. If part of your preparation for spring means finally calling to request an appointment with a Spine Care NJ specialist, call us today.