My initial idea for part 2 of this degenerative disc disease article was to scare you into perfect posture and age-defying techniques. After deep reconstructive thought, I decided to put myself in my own shoes of ideas and test out what I was going to suggest to you. Over the past few weeks I practiced some preventative lifestyle changes and narrowed down which ones I truly believe are attainable and will make a difference in your present and/or future.
As a candidate for future back problems (thank you Kelly family genes) I really spent some time the past few weeks honing in on the typical back behaviors we practice without acknowledging the enormous pressure we put on our back on a daily basis. With that said, here are some small changes I believe you can make to ultimately put you and your spine in a better position for today, tomorrow and the future.
Firstly, I made all attempts to keep good posture throughout the day - not such an easy task, may I add. Considering I sit in an edit bay all day editing TV shows, my posture is bound to be horrific, and it was. I now understand why I walk away stiff and my feet fall asleep. Making a chair switch for one with a stiff back, and being semi-conscious of my effort to do so, made me feel significantly better than usual and more awake after a long day. Although my posture was not perfect 100% of the day, even making half the effort I did, put my spine in a much healthier position.
In addition, I went online and found a few light back and neck stretches to do in the morning and at the end of the day. While my coffee was brewing in the morning and American Idol was on at night I spent just five minutes breathing slow and deep, lightly stretching some tight areas in my spine, neck and down my legs. In just a few days, I felt an enormous amount of tension lifted off my back and it gave me time to relieve a little pre and post-work stress I have about the day.
Feeling down and out lately? Well research shows that degenerative disc disease can be linked to depression.