Spine Animations

Spine Animations

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Poor posture can damage the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments. A hunched stance places abnormal stress on muscles and ligaments, causes backache and fatigue, and can even cause the spine to become fixed in an abnormal position.… Read more

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Category: Exercise Tips

Strength vs. Flexibility: What’s More Important for Your Back?

Don’t overlook back strength when you start an exercise regimen. While flexibility is important, back strength helps you maintain your overall health and well-being. Your spine supports your neck and spinal column. When you have weak back muscles, you limit your range of motion and can develop sprains or muscle spasms.…

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Dancing and Your Back

If you love to dance, but have back problems, learn how to move properly so you can keep dancing. If you haven’t had back issues yet, take precautions to prevent them. If you experience a nagging back pain from dancing, your spine physician at the Southeastern Spine Institute near Charleston, SC, can diagnose and treat the cause.…

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Hidden Dangers for Your Back in Winter

Why Does My Back Hurt Worse in the Winter?

There are actually many reasons you may find your back hurts this winter, and it’s not all about the weather, either. Outdoor activities change and often become harder on your body with the change in temperatures.…

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How to Tell if You’re Overdoing an Activity

How Can I Tell if My Back Pain Is from Exercising?

When your back starts acting up, visit your back specialist at the Southeastern Spine Institute for an evaluation. Overwork and overtraining can lead to physical problems that hinder your mobility and limit your quality of life.…

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The Value of a Personal Trainer

Why Do I Need a Personal Trainer?

A certified personal trainer can design an exercise program centered around your individual needs and physical limitations. Such a program maximizes your results while minimizing the risk of injury. The physical therapists at the Southeastern Spine Institute teach you the proper form for each movement, motivating you to continue to exercise for your health and wellness.…

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How to Develop Strong Bones

During your childhood, your skeleton naturally grows in size and density. As you age, good habits lay the foundation for future bone health. While it’s true that childhood and adolescence are important times for bone development, there are several steps you can take to improve your bone health when you’re an adult, including:

  • Increasing your physical activity, incorporating high impact exercises to improve bone density
  • Eating a diet that’s rich in calcium
  • Making lifestyle changes like becoming more active, quitting smoking and losing weight

As you get older, old bone breaks down at a slightly faster rate than your body builds new bone.…

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10 Ways to Keep Your Shoulders Working

When your shoulders are sore, even everyday activities like brushing your hair, driving or reaching for something in the cupboard can cause pain. That’s when you have to develop healthy habits to protect your shoulders from injury to remain mobile. Your shoulders form the crux from where all your arm movements begin.…

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How to Properly Pick Things Up

Whether you’re in the process of doing a thorough spring cleaning, tackling big clean-up projects in your yard, helping a friend move or doing heavy lifting as part of your job, protect your back when doing any lifting. Lower back pain, often from improper lifting, is one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor.…

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Stretches for Seniors

George Bernard Shaw once said that “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” There’s a lot of truth to that statement, and it has an application to your body. The older you get, if you’re like many people, the less likely you are to engage in physical activity.…

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Techniques for Safe Weightlifting

You don’t need to be interested in body-building to practice safe weightlifting. The effects of healthful weightlifting habits help you treat back pain as well as build back strength. Rely on experienced guidance from your physical therapist at the Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) to develop a regular routine and safe habits.…

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