From the moment we wake up in the morning to the time we go to sleep, the decisions we make have a lasting impact on our comfort, health, and wellbeing. This year, aim to get back to the basics of caring for your back, spine, and overall health.
See how the 4 S’s, Stretch, Strengthen, Stabilize, and Sleep, can help you improve your health:
- Stretch and Strengthen: Start your morning with a stretching routine to help get the blood flowing early. Add in simple exercises to begin building strength. This sets the tone for the rest of your day.
- Get a full body stretch, increase circulation, and relax away stiffness and pain with an Inversion table. You can also perform ab exercises on an Inversion table.
- Using a foam roller is an effective, inexpensive, and easy way to stretch while adding the health benefits of a massage.
- Stabilize: Invest in back cushions and seating supports to ensure your back and spine are properly supported throughout the day.
- Sleep: Quality sleep products play an important part in keeping you pain-free so you can have a restful night’s rest. Invest in products that offer back and spinal support all night.
- An adjustable base allows you to find neutral posture and spinal support while you relax or sleep.
- A properly fitted pillow should fit your body type and sleep style for lasting support and comfort.
- Add extra support where you need it most and reduce pressure on the spine with a Bed Wedge System.
Visit your local Relax The Back location to try out our products first-hand and feel the difference of quality support and comfort. We can help you find product solutions for your specific needs. Let’s make 2017 your healthiest year yet!
As the temperatures begin to drop, you may notice aches and pains starting to flare up or feel worse than usual. Some studies and polls have shown that pain worsens during cold or damp weather. When it’s cold, your muscles become tense, your nerve endings are more sensitive, and there can be a change in joint fluid thickness. All of these can lead to flare-ups or aggravated pain.
Fortunately, there are a number of different ways to combat the cold. While we cannot control the temperatures from dropping, we can implement a few of the following tips to help keep our body healthy and avoid pain during the colder months of the year.
- Maintain A Workout Routine: Whether at home or in a community gym, staying active will help prevent pain by keep muscles strong and flexible. Core exercises are great as they work the muscles that support your spine and keep back pain at bay.
- Stretch Often: In addition to maintaining a regular workout routine, stretching throughout the day helps you stay limber while avoiding tense muscles. Try simple stretches when you wake up in the morning and right before you go to bed at night. Decompress and stretch with a Lumbar Extender or Core Stretch
- Dress The Part: Wear proper footwear outside when there is water or snow on the ground to avoid falls. Also, be sure to wear layers and dress warm.
- Move Around: From watching TV to staying warm near a fire, we tend to spend more time sitting during the colder months. Move around during commercial breaks or do some stretching after finishing a warm cup of tea. Moving throughout the day, even just around the house, can help you avoid pain.
- Eat Healthy: While easier said than done, eating in moderation will help keep extra holiday weight away. When our bodies gain weight, stress is put on our joints and muscles, which can lead to back and knee pain.
- Stay Hydrated: We don’t often think about water as often when it’s colder out but it is just as important, if not more important, to drink plenty of water during this time of year. Keeping our joints and muscles lubricated is key to avoiding and preventing pain.
- Try Heat Therapy: If you are experiencing pain and discomfort, heat therapy is a great way to relieve aches and tension. Our Far Infrared Deluxe Pad provides long lasting relief from your neck down to your toes.
- Pace Yourself: From racking leaves to shoveling snow, cold weather chores can take a toll on our bodies. Take breaks often and pay attention to form to avoid straining muscles in your back, neck, or knees.
While pain is a common complaint during this time of year, these tips to avoid pain during the fall and winter months. Visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained expert who can help you prepare for these colder months with products that will provide lasting relief. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more pain relief tips.
Neck pain is a common complaint among many Americans. Neck pain can be caused by a previous injury, poor posture when using computers, tablets, or smart phones, or even sleeping in an odd position. Not only is the pain bothersome, it can also lead to headaches and more pain in the upper back.
If you’re suffering from neck pain at the office, your workstation setup may be the culprit. Using pillows that are not fitted to your body type will also lead to strain and discomfort throughout the night and into the next day. Injury from an accident can flare up during weather changes, times of stress, or when your neck is being overworked instead of resting the muscles.
Simple stretches for neck pain can help relieve tension and aches almost instantly. PopSugar put together a great guide to follow the next time you’re experiencing neck pain.
While these stretches can help with relief in the short-term, there are further measures you can take to relieve pain and discomfort in the long-term. Visit a local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists who can help you find lasting relief from neck pain. Let them show the proper desk set up to prevent pain throughout or day and fit you for a pillow that fits your size and the way you sleep to ensure your best night’s sleep. Our neck therapy products, supportive pillows, and massage tools are just a few of the many solutions we can offer.