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Solutions to Everyday Wellness Challenges

Solutions to Everyday Wellness Challenges

Wellness and relaxation aren’t just things to do when you’re left with no other choice. Many people live hectic, unbalanced lifestyles without giving priority to wellness and relaxation. As a result, these busy people tend to push themselves to a breaking point that triggers health problems.

For many, these health problems involve the musculoskeletal system: tight and stiff muscles, pinched nerves, slipped discs and degenerating joints. But the good news is that you can prevent these conditions or minimize their severity with the right wellness solutions.

Relax The Back provides not only targeted solutions for back pain relief, but for all areas of the body so you can achieve total body relaxation. Our products address all aspects of your life, supporting you as you live a better life free of stress and the pain it can cause.

Stress Effects on the Body

When we become stressed, our bodies instantly react by tensing up groups of muscles. With chronic stress, our muscles don’t get enough relaxation because the stress never leaves our systems entirely. If muscles stay tight and tense for long enough, they can trigger secondary problems in the back, shoulders and neck.

Taking time to counteract stress is essential to injury and disease prevention. When you start making time for full body relaxation, you’ll notice greater alignment between your body, mind and spirit. To begin incorporating more relaxation in your life, take a look at your current lifestyle and how you spend your time. You’ll begin to notice when and where you can add comfort and relaxation to prevent chronic stress.

Daily Wellness Solutions

In all aspects of your life, there are ways to achieve total body relaxation. Wellness products from Relax The Back support you in your quest to achieve greater overall wellness, no matter where you are. Whether you’re at home, work or on-the-go or if it’s for sleep or exercise, our relaxation solutions can help you achieve comfort and relieve yourself from pain throughout the day.

Wellness Solutions for Home

When you arrive home from a long day at work, you likely instinctively want to relax and unwind. This is a positive thing because it means you’re giving your body a break to release tension, which will protect you from future health problems. Making your home as comfortable and stress-free as possible is an essential part of achieving overall wellness.

You can augment your at-home relaxation with products like the Theracane MAX. A handheld self-massaging cane, the Theracane MAX allows you to give yourself a deep pressure massage. The cane-style massager gives you the ability to get at hard-to-reach spots. You can use the Theracane Max to target your back, shoulders and neck as well as your legs and hips for total body relaxation.

Wellness Solutions for Work

We understand that work is a time to focus, maintain productivity and strive for certain results. But you can actually achieve these in greater quantities by bringing awareness to your body as you work.

If you work at a desk, you are already at an increased risk of back and neck issues because of the misaligned posture most people maintain while seated. Additionally, when we sit still for extended periods of time, we reduce our circulation and drop our metabolic activity. To counteract this, you can use certain workplace wellness products that not only support your posture but increase circulation.

The Rock-N-Stop Footrest is a rocking footrest you can use to keep your legs in motion as you work. Rocking your legs back and forth on the footrest activates your lower body, which boosts circulation and oxygenates the body. As a result, you’ll feel more energized and achieve greater mental clarity. You’ll also prevent strain in your upper body, including on your back, shoulder and neck muscles.

Wellness Solutions for Rest

There’s no question that sleep is essential to overall health and disease prevention. Getting regular and deep sleep gives your body the chance to repair and regenerate itself. For many people, the only time they truly rest is when they sleep, and even then they could still improve their level of relaxation.

Most of us have a certain bedtime routine we follow before actually falling asleep. This is important because it signals to your brain that it’s time to wind down. Whether you read a book, work on your laptop or watch TV, there is a way to achieve greater comfort in bed before sleep.

Using the PureFit Adjustable Wedge System, you can reach maximum relaxation in bed before sleep. The 4-piece system allows you to set up the exact right positioning for your body. A wedge for you lower body supports your knees while two separate back wedges give you the right incline for your upper body. A separate neck pillow can help support your head and neck.

A comprehensive wedge support system like the PureFit Adjustable Wedge System, allows you to relax in a neutral spine position, decompressing your vertebrae and releasing pressure. Relaxing in bed using these wedge products will allow you to become fully comfortable so you can have a better, deeper sleep.

Wellness Solutions for Exercise

Periods of exercise are essential for overall health. Putting your body through moderate to intense physical activity improves cardiovascular health, builds muscle strength and increases oxygenation through the body so it can become better at healing and repairing itself.

But it’s also important to pair stretching, massage and other forms of therapy with your physical activity. Therapy Foam Rollers from Relax The Back help to balance out the tightness your muscles experience after strength training and exercising. They’re also good therapy tools for people who live mostly sedentary lives as foam rolling can help increase blood flow and release tight joints.

Therapy foam rollers allow you to self-massage deep into tight muscles, releasing the fascial tissue that connects your muscles, nerves, bones and joints. Rolling out tight spots like your legs, hips, glutes and low back relaxes these areas and improves balance and flexibility over time. Use therapy foam rollers on a regular basis to help ease muscle tension and prevent injury.

Wellness Solutions for Travel

Anyone who regularly travels for work or pleasure knows the types of stresses being on the go can cause. Travel plans may change and unpredictable obstacles tend to present themselves. Additionally, many people encounter the added stress of being out of their regular wellness routine, which only compounds stress further.

In response to this wellness challenge, many product manufacturers have cleverly designed travel-size solutions for on-the-go relaxation. One of the most convenient spine health travel solutions is Dr. Cohen’s Heatable AcuBack Kit. As a heatable back support solution, the AcuBack Kit helps you maintain an upright posture while promoting deeper relaxation of tight muscles and joints.

Whether you’re flying across the country or driving long distances, the AcuBack Kit is a portable back support unit that prevents hunching and slouching when seated for extended periods of time. If you’re prone to stiff back, hips and legs when you travel, be sure to add Dr. Cohen’s Heatable AcuBack Kit to your travel plans. You can also take it with you to the office to incorporate into your ergonomic desk solutions.

Shop Relax The Back for Everyday Wellness Solutions

Reaching total body relaxation can be done no matter where you are and in all aspects of your life. You can improve your relaxation at home or when resting to help your body unwind each day after work. While at work, you can pay attention to your posture and alignment to improve your ergonomics and overall wellness.

To complement your exercise routine, you can relax your hard-worked muscles with self-massage techniques and support. And don’t forget that even when you’re on-the-go, you can take your wellness routine with you for a more relaxed travel experience.

For all your wellness needs, shop Relax The Back for total body relaxation products. Our solutions aren’t just for back pain relief. We have a wide range of products designed to address all areas of life so you can achieve comfort and relaxation anytime, anywhere.

Sources:

  1. https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-body.aspx

A Guide to Total Body Wellness

A Guide To Body Wellness

It’s important to look at your health from a holistic standpoint. Wellness is like a Jenga—everything is connected and interrelated. If one piece is comprised, the entire system becomes wiggly and under risk of falling apart. This is not something you want for yourself.

Take care of yourself from head to toe considering all dimensions of your health—physical, mental and emotional layers. Practice a total body wellness approach to prevent disease, improve ailments and experience overall health and wellness.

What Is Total Body Wellness?

Total body wellness is a holistic approach to integrative health and health management. It’s a lifestyle method that takes into consideration all aspects of your wellbeing. If you pay attention to your body’s needs and integrate all facets of your health, including your physical, mental and emotional wellness, you can achieve higher levels of vitality and overall health.

Total body wellness is essential to prevent disease, reduce the risk of chronic and acute injuries, successfully treat existing conditions and become a more productive and happier person.

Benefits of a Total Body Wellness Approach

Approaching your wellbeing from a total body wellness standpoint helps you identify less obvious underlying causes of disease. It can take care of emotional causes of physical disease or physical problems leading to mental or emotional distress. It can identify and correct imbalances within your body and in your life overall.

Instead of simply trying to fix problems, a total body wellness approach aims to create true health and prevent future health concerns. Unlike less integrative approaches to health, total body wellness is not a band-aid. It’s a multidimensional strategy that provides whole healing helping you to lead a happy, healthy, productive and fulfilling life.

The benefits of a total body wellness approach include:

  • Preventing disease
  • Avoiding acute and chronic injuries
  • Increasing longevity
  • Boosting emotional and physical wellness
  • Achieving balance within the body and mind
  • Creating long-lasting lifestyle changes

10 Steps to Total Body Wellness

To integrate a total body wellness practice into your life, you need the right tools. Total body wellness tools target different aspects of your emotional, physical and mental health, helping you to instill well-rounded health practices that optimize your body from head to toe.

Try these 10 steps to total body wellness for deeper integration into your daily life:

Breathe

Your breath is your most powerful tool to health, yet it’s free and easy to use. Breathing techniques, such as alternate nostril breathing, abdominal breathing and 4-7-8 breath can reduce stress and anxiety, improve your cardiovascular system and achieve relaxation that promotes wellbeing.

Eat Healthy

Don’t worry. Eating healthy is not about rabbit food and doesn’t have to be complicated either. As Michael Pollan said, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Reduce or eliminate processed foods, refined sugar and artificial ingredients. Focus on real whole foods, preferably organic. Greens, vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains are your friends. Pay attention to your body. Eat what makes you feel good, healthy and energetic.

Stay Hydrated

Most of your body consists of water. You don’t want to get dehydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water, 8-10 glasses (8 oz) each day. More if you are very active or its really hot outside. While green tea, green juices and kombucha are healthy, they should not replace water. Eliminate sodas and sugary drinks. Reduce or eliminate coffee and alcohol

Exercise

Exercise is absolutely important to your health, which should be your primary goal. While inactivity can lead to health issues, over-exercising can also cause health problems, injury and exercise-addiction. Find the balance that’s right for you. Exercise shouldn’t be a chore either. Neither should it hurt you. It should be challenging, but not painful. Find the right exercise forms for you that challenge your body and you enjoy. Mixing up your routine with various forms of cardiovascular and strength training activities is your best bet. As always, listen to your body.

Sleep

In our busy world, it is easy to skip sleep. Don’t do that. Plenty of regular sleep is essential to maintain your physical, mental and emotional health. Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night if you can and try not to go under 7 hours too often. Finding the right mattress and pillow can help you sleep deep and wake up rested each morning.

Pay Attention to Your Posture

Good posture can help you appear more confident helping your social life and uplift your mood as a result. However, good posture is even more important for your physical health. It increases muscle strength, correct imbalances, increase the range of motion and support organ structural and organ health.

Good posture can help with various pains, including headaches, neck pain and muscle aches. Good posture involves a chin parallel to the floor, a neutral spine, even shoulders, hips, knees, braced abdominal muscles and evenly distributed body weight. Ergonomic office furniture, the right office chair, standing desks, seat cushions, lumbar cushions can support a good posture even while you are working or driving.

Stretch

Regular stretching can benefit your posture, balance your body, improve your range of motion, reduce your risk of injury and improve your performance. It can help you after a long day sitting at your desk at work. When stretching, focus on your entire body: your neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, fingers,  back, hips, knees, legs, ankles, feet and toes. Use active and static stretches.

To help you stretch safely and properly, try the following stretch and therapy support products:

Take Care of Your Oral Health

Oral health is extremely important for your overall health. Your digestion starts there. An unhealthy mouth can also be breathing ground for bacteria and other unwanted bad bugs causing body imbalance. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, acidic food, and too much citrus. Use a straw to less direct contact between the liquid and your teeth, especially if you have sensitive teeth. Floss and brush your teeth regularly. Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning.

Socialize

Humans are social beings. Even introverted individuals need time to have regular social interaction to help their mental and emotional wellbeing. Meeting like-minded individuals and having a good time can increase your energy. Laughter and hugs can lift your mood and reduce stress. Join a local community group, take a class, invite your friends over, go for a walk with family, do volunteer work and reach out to lost friends to experience regular, meaningful human connections.

Take Time for Yourself

Balancing responsibilities, work and family is difficult and you may end up sacrificing yourself to take care of everyone and everything else. But having ‘me-time’ is absolutely crucial for achieving total body wellness. It can recharge your batteries, increase your happiness and help you to be there for others more effectively.

Schedule time for yourself. Leave your worries behind. Get offline for a moment. Take a walk in nature. Relax in your recliner. Read your favorite book. Color. Do some arts and crafts. Complete a crossword puzzle. Take a relaxing bath. Practice some self-massage techniques.

Take Control of Your Total Body Wellness

Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Creating small shifts consistently are better than massive changes at once. Small, doable steps create changes that stick and can lead to powerful changes in the long-term.

Start thinking holistically. Be proactive. Feel empowered to create a difference in your health. Take control of your total body wellness today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life.

What changes will you make this week to create total body wellness in your life? Share your goals, steps and experiences with us. We are here to support your goals. Make sure to check out our shop to find ways to support your posture, strength, flexibility and overall health.

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