During the month of October, organizations across the United States focus on the importance of spinal health, different approaches to pain treatment, and how massage therapy can improve our lives.
The America Physical Therapy Association (APTA) raises awareness about the benefits of physical therapy as a safe, effective option for long-term pain management while recognizing and celebrating physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who help improve people’s lives through movement. While the American Chiropractic Associate (ACA) shares back injury preventing and strengthening tips during National Chiropractic Health Month. The end of the month turns to massage during National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (NMTAW) put on by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Massage therapy can be a beneficial part of a pain management plan.
These initiatives put a spotlight on the importance, as well as the benefits, of self-care and those who help provide solutions for lasting relief. By working to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion, we can keep our spine happy and healthy as we age. Doing so allows us to live the life we want to, free from back and neck pain.
These simple guidelines and tips can help you take better care of your spinal health:
- Increase blood flow, endorphins, and flexibility with regular massages
- Speed up healing, relieve tense muscles from head to toe, and find comfort, spinal support, and deep relaxation.
- Massage chairs, handheld massagers, and massage cushions allow for a therapeutic experience any time of the day, for any amount of time, in the privacy of your home.
- Create a custom workstation to fit your needs and your body.
- Look for spine-friendly office equipment. A standing desk, ergonomic office chair, or footrest create a healthy work environment.
- Flexibility is key. Be sure to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day.
- Maintain a consistent exercise routine to help strengthen muscles, protect your spine, and prevent injuries.
- Feel more energized and productive throughout the day when you get in your workout first thing in the morning.
- Incorporate stretching into your daily regimen for increased flexibility in spinal muscles, tension relief, and increase blood flow.