Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk: A Healthy Spine. Posture is important for your life -- Part Two

A Healthy Spine. Posture is important for your life -- Part Two

This is a continuation to my post on a healthy spine.  Earlier in the year, I could barely walk by the time that I made it to the chiropractor....Chiropractor Virginia Beach VA- Dr Michael Vanella

• When standing, keep one foot slightly in front of the other, with your knees slightly bent. This position helps to take the pressure off your low back.

• Do not stand bent forward at the waist for prolonged periods of time. The muscles in your low back become deconditioned in this position, which may lead to pain.


coin lifting• At all times, avoid twisting while lifting. Twisting is one of the most dangerous movements for your ---spine, especially while lifting.

• If the item is too heavy to lift, pushing it is easier on your back than pulling it. Whenever possible, use your legs, not your back or upper body, to push the item.

• If you must lift a heavy item, get someone to help you.


• Keep your knees slightly higher than your hips, with your head up and back straight.

• Avoid rolling your shoulders forward (slouching).

• Try to maintain the natural curve in your low back.

Reaching and Bending

• When reaching for something above shoulder level, stand on a stool. Straining to reach such objects may not only hurt your mid-back and neck, but it can also

bring on shoulder problems.

• Do NOT bend over at the waist to pick up items from the floor or a table.

• Instead, kneel down on one knee, as close as possible to the item you are lifting, with the other foot flat on the floor and pick the item up.

• Or bend at the knees, keep the item close to your body, and lift with your legs, not your back.


• When carrying objects, particularly if they are heavy, keep them as close to your body as possible.                                           Family moving- Virginia Beach real estate moves

• Carrying two small objects—one in each hand—is often easier to handle than one large one.

Healthy Diet and Exercise

• While the proverbial jury is still out, we suspect that extra weight puts undue strain on your spine. Beer BellyKeep within 10 lbs. of your ideal weight for a healthier back.

• “Beer belly” is likely the worst culprit, as it puts unwanted pressure on the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your low back.

• The most efficient and effective way to reduce weight is by eating a sensible diet and exercising regularly.

• Consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program, particularly if you have a health condition.


• Sleeping on your back puts approximately 50 pounds of pressure on your spine. Other positions may be better.

• Placing a pillow under your knees while lying on your back cuts the pressure on your spine roughly in half.

• Lying on your side with a pillow between your --------knees may also reduce the pressure on your back.

• Never sleep in a position that causes a portion of ----your spine to hurt. Most often, your body will tell you what position is best.

Quit Smoking

Smokers have more spine pain than nonsmokers, and they also heal more slowly when they have an episode of back pain because the chemicals in tobacco smoke restrict the flow of blood to the tissues in and around your spine. Quit smokingWhile following these instructions is no guarantee that you’ll be free from back pain for your entire life, it can certainly reduce your risk of developing it. These simple steps will help you keep your spine in good shape, making you a healthier, happier person.





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Comment balloon 8 commentsTere Rottink • June 22 2009 09:21PM


Tere, this is such important advice!  I didn't know about sleeping on your back adding pressure!  And I do it all the time.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Tere - At age 35, I got up out of my chair and flopped like a fish to the ground, twisting in pain. Sciatic.

L4-L5 pinched. Down the leg pain. Chiropractor got me through it and with exercise it all went away never to return. I exercise every day. Back pain is a real pain

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 11 years ago


I have to say that I didn't know about sleeping on your back part either. I don't go to sleep like that, but I wake up like that every morning.


I feel for you. Dr Vanella is awsome, and has helped my whole family with back issues.  Even my then 9 year old had a crooked back. 


Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) over 11 years ago

Hi Tere, Great information on taking care of yourself and your spine.  So many do not heed these warnings. Great tips!

Posted by Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast (M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.) over 11 years ago

There's a lot of good information there. Is it age-specific, though? The reason why I ask is because of the toe touch exercises we did in high school P.E. class, whereas you say "Do NOT bend over at the waist to pick up items from the floor or a table." I would think that bending at the waste actually helps strengthen those lower back muscles.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 11 years ago

Tere, great information.  One of the reasons I continue with ballet is because of the focus on maintaining spinal alignment.  We learn to strengthen from the spine out, and to protect our back as well as all joints while we are jumping, turning, leaping etc.  It really takes conscious effort to keep a back healthy and strong.  I hope you maintain your good health!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Tere our Momma's always told us stand straight walk tall ... makes all the difference in the world

Have a great , successful and wonderful week.

Posted by ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team (Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals ) over 11 years ago

Maintain a good posture is very much important for our life. You must maintain a good posture while sitting on the chair, working on the computer or desk, sleeping on the bed, driving at car, doing sketch or workout, etc. Postureg shares many helpful guide and tips about good posture and how to correct posture.

Posted by Marry Anderson, Real Estate Consultant (Spicy Home Builder) over 1 year ago

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