In between your visits to our office, there are lots
of things you can do to keep your body healthy:
- Sit up straight.
Develop the habit of good posture. It makes a world of difference
in the way your back feels. This includes how you sit at work. Make sure your work-station is comfortable as well
as functional. Ask Dr. Hengel if you have questions about proper work-station set-up.
- Eat your vegetables.
A good diet is important
to your overall health. Nutrients help your body repair itself. You are what you eat. And, you want to keep
your weight down. Carrying extra weight puts extra strain on the back. A snack is fine every now and then. Remember,
moderation is they key to everything.
- Turn off the TV.
Get up and move. Go for a walk. Add exercise to your regular
routine. And when you have to sit for long periods, stretch regularly.
- Put that down.
Don't lift things that
are too heavy for you. (And if you have to, you know what they say-lift with your legs, not your back.) Don't carry around
a backpack stuffed full of books (especially not on one shoulder) or a heavy bag if you can avoid it. The key is to minimize.
Only take what you really need.
- Go to sleep.
Sleep is essential for your well-being. Do you feel rested in the
morning? If not, you probably need more sleep. However, don't sleep on your stomach, which can strain the
muscles in your neck and back. Practice sleeping on your side or back.