Heart Healthy Tips Your Spine Will LOVE
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February is American Heart Month!

Living a heart-healthy lifestyle not only reduces the risk for stroke and heart disease but can also limit back and neck pain. Follow these heart-healthy tips that your spine will love!

Achieve and Maintain A Healthy Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight can decrease the risk for heart disease and reduces unnecessary pressure that is placed on the spinal column, minimizing back pain.

Get Active Daily

Inactivity can increase back pain and the risk of heart disease or stroke. Being active, even for 20 minutes a day, can reduce inflammation and get blood circulating to the spinal column.

Give Up Smoking

Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood, which the heart and spinal column need to enable blood flow. Cigarettes can also limit the amount of calcium the body needs, increasing the risk for osteoporosis. It’s time to give up the bad habit of smoking!

Hydrate with H20

The jelly-like discs along the spinal column that help cushion the spine are made of water and it needs water continuously to function properly. Drinking more H20 is not only good for your spine but is a better option than the sugary drinks that can lead to high blood sugar or high cholesterol.

Don’t Sit for Too Long

Decrease the risk of heart disease and back pain by getting up every hour to allow blood to circulate to the spinal column. Want to improve your posture too? Check out our tips for Office Syndrome.

Get Rid of Stress

Stress can tighten muscles in the spinal column and increase heart rate. Find ways to de-stress daily by having a good laugh with a friend, reading a book, or meditating.

Slow Down

Maintain a healthy active heart rate throughout the day to reduce stress on the heart. Slowing down also helps minimize the risk for mishaps, like lifting improperly or tripping, which can produce back pain.

Take Care of Your Back Pain

Constant back pain can increase blood pressure and cardiovascular stress. Have you been suffering from consistent back pain? It’s time to get a handle on your spine health. Call the TOP DOCS at First State Spine to schedule an appointment.

Always check with your physician to see if these tips are safe to follow based on your health history.

I had had neck pain for a very long time. It was something that I lived with and tolerated but then I started having weakness in both of my hands. I went to Dr. Z. He reviewed my records to ensure that I had tried everything non operatively for my problem. He then proceeded to replace two discs in my cervical spine. My hands felt strong again and my neck pain improved as well. He and his team explained everything clearly, I felt very comfortable with them throughout the entire process.
- Cynthia​

Located in Newark, Delaware, we at First State Spine are leaders in diagnosing and managing adult spinal disorders. The foundation of our treatment plan is an accurate diagnosis, and an individualized, conservative treatment plan using a multidisciplinary approach. Surgery is always a last resort.

Our experienced physicians have completed advanced training to ensure our patients receive the best care available. We strive for excellence and to exceed the expectations of our patients.
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