I recently won a book about women’s back health from Healthbolt! I was really happy to win a copy of it because for the past couple of years I’ve started to have some back problems and would like to learn more about it.
The book is titled “High Heels to Hormones: A Woman’s Guide to Spine Care” and was written by Christina Lasich.
The book was divided up into roughly 5 sections – an introduction, the cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine and a concluding section.
In the introductory section of the book she made the point that many women did not learn how to lift, bend, twist or reach properly when younger and are therefore more “susceptible to spine pain because they entered the work force without any type of physical conditioning”.
I’d have to admit that I’m in that group – we never learned anything in school about exercising or in general, moving properly.
Additionally, she discussed the importance of eating healthy and avoiding smoking – both of which influence all aspects of health.
Concerning cervical spine health, she discussed issues of breasts and bras and gave some tips to making sure your bra fits and supports you properly. I stopped wearing bras years ago – and am damn happy I did! I’m small enough that I don’t really need one anyway and always hated wearing them.
She also explained the importance of proper posture in the part about the thoracic spine as well as osteoporosis prevention.
As far as I’ve been able to tell my back problems are all due to posture issues. At one point I started having problems with one of my arms getting numb which seems to be from having my shoulders rounded forward too much. Then I had problems with the back of my head and neck getting numb. That was solved by making sure my monitor was high enough. You should be looking straight forward when looking at your computer for long periods of time (like I have been). My laptop monitor was too low so my head was constantly bent down. Raising it made a huge difference! Lately I’ve had problems lower down on my back, I think because I still haven’t been sitting properly most of the time and need to start doing back and other strength training exercises again. Anyway – enough of me!
Lower back pain is very common and Christina goes over a number of exercises and other things you can do to help prevent it. She mentions also how high heels can cause back pain – a topic that I plan to discuss on my blog in a lot more detail in the future.
Over all I’d say its a good book and I recommend it especially if you are a busy person without a lot of time to read. The book is pretty short and straight to the point with tips and exercises to teach you how to keep your spine healthier.
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