5 Keys to Keep Your Spine Happy

By the rediscover Patient Education Team

The spine is our body's central support structure, and we engage it with every movement. Many people only think about the spine when it comes to how tall we stand (or slouch), but the spine is about so much more than posture. A complex network of bones, nerves, ligaments, and discs, our spine is tasked with supporting and protecting the spinal cord which carries electrical signals from the brain to our muscles and internal organs. If your spine's health is compromised, you may have chronic pain, joint stiffness, decreased mobility and many other health problems.

What can you do to keep your spine happy? Here are 5 things you can do to keep your spine happy:


  1. Stretch

    Well-stretched muscles support and stabilize the spine and torso for better breathing, circulation, and posture. Regular stretching is also important to counteract all the sitting we typically do at desks, computers, and in vehicles.

  2. Strengthen

    Keeping the muscles in the back strong helps to protect against injury and to maintain mobility. Planks and abdominal crunches are helpful for core strengthening—and yoga, pilates, and other core stabilizing exercise routines are excellent strengthening options.

  3. Maintain a Healthy Weight

    Excess weight, especially abdominal weight, puts added stress on the spine—potentially leading to pain, decreased function, and decreased motion. Being overweight can affect the natural curve of the spine and cause pressure on the shock-absorbing discs between your vertebrae.

  4. Get a Massage

    Treat yourself to a massage every now and then. A massage is a great way to reduce stress, relieve tension, and loosen up the muscles surrounding the spine.

  5. Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs

    If you are experiencing pain in your back or neck, it is important not to ignore it or try to push through it. Listen to your body and take a break. If the pain persists, see your doctor for advice on how to properly alleviate the pain. Once you have seen your doctor, they may recommend you go see a spine specialist to get treated. You can find one in your area by clicking here.


These are just five simple and easy ways to support your spine and overall back health. Keeping your spine happy and healthy will pay dividends for many years to come.

Important Note: The patient information presented is for general education purposes only. As with any spine surgery, there are potential benefits, complications, and risks associated with disc replacement and spinal fusion procedures. Individual results may vary. It is important that you discuss the possible risks and potential benefits of various procedures with your doctor prior to receiving treatment, and that you rely on your physician’s best judgment. Only your doctor can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for a specific surgical procedure.

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