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Saving Your Spine


One of the most common reasons clients seek out my massage services is for the treatment of back pain.  So many times it’s easy to forgot that the muscles, ligaments and discs of your back take on a huge job just by supporting the spine and moving the weight of your body. Good posture, exercise and correct body mechanics help keep it flexible and strong into your twilight years.
 

Massage can help with posture by stretching shortened muscles and fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles and other tissues), freeing movement around the joints, and relieving muscle contractions that can pull you out of alignment.
 

Help protect your back by moving with a little thought. Here are some tips to help you move correctly:
 

  • Spread your feet shoulder-width apart for stability when moving or working. And be sure to stand evenly on your two feet.
  • Practice feeling your center of gravity in your abdomen. Many people try to move from their upper bodies, which is less efficient than moving from your pelvis, hips, and abdomen. Practice strengthening exercises for your abdomen. Take a class or set up a coaching session with me. I can provide movement therapy or direct you to an exercise instructor, chiropractor, acupuncture therapist or specialist.
  • Always remember; to pick up a load, stand close to it. Squat and use your legs to lift it, keeping your back upright and the object close to your body. And, if you can, avoid twisting as you lift.
  • Kneel down on one knee to retrieve something from the floor don’t just mindlessly bend at the waist.
  • I can’t stress this enough: Don’t twist when reaching for an object. Instead, keep your shoulders and hips facing it.
Using these tips will make a world of difference in the way you feel and the longevity of your healthy spine. Ultimately, these tips can help your back live pain free. If you have any additional tips that I may have forgotten, please let me know.
 

Stay in touch and know that I’m ready to help if you need me.
 

As Always - Enjoy Your Life!
 

John Aaron Villarreal

 

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