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Healthy Spine, Healthy Life

Spinal health is vital when it comes to our overall health and wellness. Our spine connects numerous ligaments, muscles, and nerves throughout our entire body. It allows us to bend, twist and move around freely. From wiggling our fingers, to turning our head, to shaking our hips, every movement we take comes from our spine. It protects our nervous system, sending and receiving signals down our spine to areas that feel sensation. Our spine provides us with independence to move around and go about our day-to-day lives.

Suffering from a spinal injury or back pain can be debilitating. By following preventative measures now, we can keep our spine happy and healthy as we age. These simple guidelines will help you maintain a healthy spine so you can feel your best and live well.

  • Practice proper posture. Be mindful of your posture at all times. Whether you are sitting on the couch, in your car, or you are at the office, it is important your spine is always properly aligned. Poor posture can lead to chronic neck and back pain, headaches, or muscle fatigue. Back cushions and ergonomic seat cushions can provide the extra support you need wherever you are.
  • Exercise without overdoing it. A regular exercise routine will keep your muscles strong and flexible, improve circulation, and keep excess weight gain at bay. However, it is important to listen to your body. Repetitive movements and overexertion can cause sprains and muscle strains.
  • Consider investing in a new mattress or pillow. A quality mattress and pillow will protect and support your spine throughout the night.
  • Evaluate your sleep position. Your preferred sleep position may be causing more harm than good. Take a look at how these sleep positions can provide lasting comfort and relief.
  • Avoid lifting objects heavier than 25% of your own body weight. Ask for help when possible or use tools that can assist in lifting heavy objects to avoid straining back muscles.
  • Create a spine-friendly, ergonomic workstation. Invest in products that promote movement such as standing desks and rocking footrests. Ergonomic office chairs with Core-Flex technology strengthen the spine while promoting constant, natural motion when seated.
  • Strengthen core muscles. Incorporate targeted exercises such as aerobics, core work, and stretching into your exercise routine. A strong core will support your spine while taking pressure off of your lower back.
  • Make time to relax. Take a warm bath, sink into a massage chair, or use a handheld massager to loosen tight muscles in your neck, back, or entire body.

Visit your local Relax The Back store for more information on how you can improve your spinal health. Our trained associates will work with you one-on-one to find a product or solution that works best for your specific needs.

Sleep Well: 5 Tips For Buying New Pillows

A pillow is more than just a place to rest your head. It is vital to your best night’s sleep. Using a pillow that fully supports your head, neck, and shoulders allows you to rest comfortably throughout the night.

When did you replace your pillows last? The National Sleep Foundation recommends replacing your pillows every two years. Though, the best way to know if it is time to replace your pillows is to evaluate your sleep quality and comfort levels when you wake up. If you are feeling stiff and your body is no longer being supported or you are unable to stay in a neutral position, your sleep setting needs an upgrade.

If it is time for you to replace your pillows, use this as a guide to help you find the right one for you.

  • Consider your preferred sleep position: It’s important to maintain our neck’s natural curve. Different pillows provide different support based on your sleeping style. Back sleepers should look for a medium support pillow such as the TEMPUR-Neck Pillow. If you prefer to sleep on your side, a pillow that is high with firm support will help you maintain proper spinal alignment throughout the night. Try our ContourSide Pillow by Relax The Back.
  • Determine a budget: Once you have established a budget you are comfortable with, speak with our sales associates to see the selection of pillows we offer that fit into your budget and match your sleeping style.
  • Utilize our sleep experts: We understand no two bodies are the same. Our trained associates can help you find a pillow that supports your head, neck, and spine for lasting comfort. Determine the best size and firmness that is perfect for you by testing out pillows in one of our stores.
  • Personalized support and comfort: Pillows are not one size fits all. From preferred sleep positions, to the type of mattress you sleep on, to your body type, there are many factors that determine the best pillow for your specific needs. The key to a better night’s sleep is finding a pillow that correctly aligns the head and spine for maximum comfort and pressure relief.
  • Test it out and give it time: When you visit one of our stores, you have the ability to try numerous pillows. Lay on a pillow for at least 10 minutes and gauge your comfort levels. Does your neck feel supported? Do you feel your neck bending forward or to one side? It is important to get fitted for a pillow that allows your head, neck, and shoulders to be aligned. Once you are home, it may take a few days to adjust to sleeping on a new surface. Give your body time.

Finding the perfect pillow for your body type and sleep type is essential for your overall health and well-being. It’s amazing what a quality pillow and better night’s rest can do for your mind and body. Wake up feeling revitalized, refreshed, and ready to start your day.

Visit your local Relax The Back location to find your perfect fit today.

5 Ways To Relax After Work

Life is all about balance. Think about your current routine when you get home from work. How often do you come home, sit down in your favorite chair, turn on the TV, and spend the rest of your evening there? Do you have difficulty turning off work mode, continuing to answer emails and finishing projects after you’ve left the office? While we understand there are days where you need to finish work, or you want to catch up on TV shows, doing so time and time again can leave you feeling burnt out and unfulfilled.

We all deserve a break from our busy lives. Create an after-work routine that makes the most of your time and one that will leave you feeling relaxed with these helpful tips.

  • Put your computer away, turn off email alerts: Possibly the most important task of all – set boundaries for work life and personal life. Do your best to leave work at work. Take a break from electronics by turning off your work email, putting away your computer, and being present with yourself or your family at home.
  • Read a book or listen to music: Instead of turning the TV on, listen to some soothing music or settle in with a book. Enjoy the peace and quiet and use this time to fully relax and unwind.
  • Prep for the next day: Make a list of tasks you would like to accomplish and items you may need the next day. This could be snacks, your workout gear, your computer charger, your lunch, etc. You’ll feel prepared for the day ahead and you’ll be able to fully relax without worrying about forgetting something.
  • Set aside time to learn something new: Get your creative juices flowing. Learn a new language with apps like Duolingo, sign up for a free class on Skillshare, cook a new meal with the help of HelloFresh or Blue Apron. You will feel more accomplished and satisfied with your time at home if you’re working on something you enjoy.
  • Make time for massage: Have some much needed “me-time” to fully decompress, release the tension and stresses of the day, and allow for uninterrupted massages. Find relief and relaxation with our wide range of massage products.

We hope these tips are useful in having more relaxing nights at home. If you’re looking for even more ways to relax at home, visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with our trained specialists. They can show you our full line of massage chairs, recliners, and massage products for ultimate relaxation at home.

7 Natural Ways To Beat The Flu and Colds

Cold and flu season is in full swing and this winter, the entire country is seeing an increased number of cases. Doctors and healthcare professionals say the flu season can last through April. Though cold winter temperatures create ideal conditions for the flu virus to thrive and replicate more quickly. Symptoms such as body aches, chills, fever, sore throats, and sneezing can last from days to weeks.

These natural remedies will help alleviate and relieve symptoms and have you feeling better sooner. If you are still feeling sick after a few weeks, make an appointment to see your doctor. As always, consult your physicians before starting any new treatments.

  • Take a hot shower: Relax achy muscles and breathe in steam to moisten nasal passages and scratchy throats.
  • Humidifier: Dry conditions cause the influenza virus to spread faster and more easily. Similar to the benefits you get from steam in a hot shower, using a humidifier can help increase the humidity in your home to help you breathe easier and reduce nasal inflammation.
  • Hydrate: Drinking a lot of fluids is more important than ever when you’re feeling under the weather. Dehydration can lead to new or worsening symptoms causing you to feel more even more sick. Staying hydrated helps control or prevent nausea, keep fevers down, and helps clear your head and chest of congestion.
  • Get enough sleep: Possibly the most important of all, getting adequate sleep is a vital cold remedy. Sleep deprivation can weaken our immune system’s ability to function at an optimal level.
  • Add an extra pillow: In addition to getting enough sleep, using a bed wedge system or an extra pillow to elevate your upper body opens up nasal passages, promoting sinus drainage down the back of your throat. This allows you to rest more comfortably throughout the night and it will help you sleep easier.
  • Drink hot beverages: Sooth a sore throat and nasal congestion with hot tea or hot water with lemon and honey. Warm herbal teas can also promote calmness and relaxation before bed to help you fall asleep easier.
  • Gargle salt water: While this won’t cure your cold, gargling warm salt water can bring temporary relief to a sore, scratchy throat. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and gargle a few times a day to relieve pain.

If you are having difficulty sleeping comfortably, visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with our trained associates. They will work with you to find product solutions to help you rest comfortably all-night long.

Importance of Stretching + A Stretch Routine For Better Health

Stretching is an important factor when determining our overall health and wellness, yet it is often an overlooked part of our regular exercise routine. Whether you live an active life or a sedentary one, the benefits of stretching are far too important to neglect. Stretching not only helps improve joint range of motion and muscle tension relief, it can also improve your sleep. After a quick stretch routine, our bodies feel more relaxed helping us fall into a deeper sleep.

Here are a few other benefits of stretching including a great infographic of a stretch routine you can do after a workout or before bed.

  • Flexibility: Stretching helps keep our body and muscles flexible, aligned and in working order. Increase range of motion to ensure good posture, balance and proper movement while improving mobility and reducing stiffness.
  • Relaxation: Relieve tension to feel more relaxed. Stretching helps relax your body and your mind. You’ll be more focused and better able to manage stress.
  • Pain Prevention: By improving the flexibility of our muscles and joints, we are able to increase our range of motion and prevent injury trigger points.

Consider incorporating this routine, or one that is similar, into your regular exercise regimen. Foam rollers, Inversion Tables, and our Back Support and Stretcher are great tools to help you stretch in the comfort of your own home. For more information on how to stretch using proper technique, try our definitive book or visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists for recommendations tailored to your specific needs and abilities.

5 Resolutions To Improve Life In The New Year

With the start of the New Year, we often find ourselves reflecting on the past year and looking forward to a fresh start. While we are always advocates of New Year’s resolutions that focus on being more active, making sleep a priority, and living a healthier lifestyle, we wanted to share a few other resolutions that can help you live well and improve your life in 2018.

Add one or all of these to your list this year and be on your way to a healthier, happier 2018.

  • Get outside: Enjoy the outdoors. Studies continue to show the positive benefits of spending time outside. Go for daily walks in the morning or in the evening. Spend time by the ocean. Join a hiking group that meets on the weekends. Spending time outside can help you feel a heightened sense of well-being, relieve stress, and improve overall happiness.
  • Make yourself a priority: Whether it’s daily, weekly, or monthly, make time to check-in with yourself. Take note of how you are feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally. Go to your favorite workout class each week, try a new recipe to cook with your family, or journal before bed each night. Do more of the things that will help you feel happy and relaxed.
  • Travel more: The world is full of amazing cities and destinations to visit. Whether flying abroad or taking a road trip across country, make it a priority to travel this year, and when you do, travel pain-free using our wide selection of ergonomic neck and back supports.
  • Be present: It’s easy to get caught up with future plans, to get sucked into articles on our phones or computers, or to hold on to something in the past that doesn’t bring you joy. This year, vow to be more present in your everyday life. Let’s put away our phones, unplug daily, and be more in the moment.
  • Find what makes you happy: Instead of looking for ways to improve our lifestyle or health based on what we believe to be “the norm,” include things that truly make you happy. Go to the spa to relax or set aside some time for a much-needed massage. If you enjoy walking or hiking instead of yoga, add a weekly hike to your schedule instead of signing up for unlimited yoga classes. Set yourself up for success, rather than failure, by finding activities and nutrition plans that work best for you.

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Happy New Year from all of us at Relax The Back!

Live Well, Give Well: The Gift of Support

While Christmas may be behind us, these gifts of support will last all year long. When it comes to overall health and wellness, ergonomic supports can help loved ones find relief and relaxation at home, the office, or wherever they may need it. We’ve put together a list of our favorite support products to take the strain off of your spine and neck muscles to increase comfort.

Promote a healthy back and help your loved live their best life this new year with these support products.

  • Riter’s Real-EaSE Neck Support: Give the gift of deep relaxation and comfort in your neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Back Support and Stretcher: Portable spinal decompression is the gift that keeps on giving. Relieve spinal pressure while increasing flexibility and improving posture.
  • Cohen’s Heatable Acuback Kit: Help your loved ones feel their best. Find effortless upright posture while releasing tight muscles and joints.
  • Sacro-Ease Back Support: Perfect for those who spend time on the road. Properly align the pelvis and spine to sit comfortably anywhere and reduce pain.
  • Self-Inflating Back Rest: Personalized on-the-go posture support helps preserve your spine’s natural curve.
  • TravelLite Seat Cushion: A suitcase-friendly back support that provides instant relief with the turn of a valve. Ideal for travelers or those with a long commute.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained associate who can help you find the perfect gift based on specific needs. We give our customers one-on-one support to ensure they are going home with the best product solutions for themselves or someone in their life. Visit us online at RelaxTheBack.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more holiday tips and gift guides.

Live Well, Give Well: The Gift Of A Better Work Life

Show your loved ones how much you care by helping them improve their work life with ergonomic office products.  Movement and proper support in the office leads to increased energy levels throughout the day, better productivity, greater flexibility, and reduced muscle tension and strain. Whether you wrap up a few ergonomic workstation accessories or update your loved ones desk setup with a Stand Up Desk, everyone on your list is sure to enjoy and benefit from these great products.

Give the gift of comfort and productivity with some of our favorite ergonomic office products:

  • Ultimate Executive Chair: Give ergonomic support and comfort all year long. Customize your loved one’s chair to match their personality for the perfect gift.
  • Desk Lamp: Help reduce eye fatigue, neck strain, and headaches with targeted illumination over work documents.
  • Humanscale QuickStand Adjustable Workstation: Give the gift of flexibility in the workplace. This adjustable workstation clamps to any fixed-height desk surface and allows for customized height so that friends and family can sit or stand comfortably while working.
  • Rocking Footrest: Keep feet moving for lasting relief. Improve circulation and properly align spine, to hip, to knee alignment to reduce strain.
  • Extended Reach Monitor Arm: Effortlessly adjust the monitor to the proper height for comfort all day long. Adjustable height helps to reduce upper back and neck strain.
  • AdaptDesk by Relax The Back: Freedom to move easily from sitting to standing, now that’s a gift that keeps on giving. This ergonomic standing desk rises and falls with the touch of a button to quickly transition position while working.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained associate who can help you find the perfect gift based on specific needs. We give our customers one-on-one support to ensure they are going home with the best product solutions for themselves or someone in their life. Visit us online at RelaxTheBack.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more holiday tips and gift guides.

Live Well, Give Well: The Gift of Better Sleep

Everyone on your gift list can appreciate a great night of sleep. Help create a sleep sanctuary by gifting sleep products that will aid in quality rest and relaxation. With the right amount of sleep, we are able to lead more productive, energetic, and happier lives. Our physical, mental, and emotional health all improve when we are able to relax more, sleep better, and create healthier sleeping habits.

Wrap up a few of our favorite sleep products to help you and your loved ones sleep better all year long.

  • Snoozer Body Pillow: Ergonomic full body support is a gift everyone can enjoy. The J-shape design of this pillow promotes spinal alignment, enhanced muscular relaxation, improved circulation, and overall sleep quality.
  • PureRelax Mattress Topper: Give the gift of all night comfort with this gel-infused memory foam topper that dissipates heat away from the body while providing lasting support.
  • ContourSleep Bed Wedge System: Help your loved one find the perfect position for ultimate relaxation. Versatile wedges allow added support where it’s needed most.
  • Sleep Mask by Tempur-Pedic: Don’t let light keep you or your loved one awake. This sleep mask is perfect for sleeping on a plane, in a hotel room, or grabbing an afternoon nap.
  • Technogel Anatomic Gel Pillow : A layer of cooling gel with a memory foam design make this a cool, comfortable gift option this season. Receive a free gel travel pillow when you purchase 2 Technogel pillows ($109 value) until 12/31.
  • TEMPUR-Flex Elite: Support that moves with you? Now, that’s a gift! This mattress has a dynamically responsive feel that is both comfortable and supportive where you need it most.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained associate who can help you find the perfect gift based on your specific needs. We give our customers one-on-one support to ensure they are going home with the best product solutions for themselves or someone in their life. Visit us online at RelaxTheBack.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more holiday tips and gift guides.

Travel Pain-Free This Holiday Season

This holiday season has begun. With the merriment and joy surrounding this time of year, comes the, sometimes, daunting task of holiday travel. Whether you’re traveling by plane or by car, these tips will help keep you feeling fresh and energized so you can fully enjoy your time with friends and family.

  • Pack light: Bring only the necessities to minimize your chances of over-packing. Try to avoid packing everything in one large suitcase. Instead, pack two smaller suitcases. This makes it easier to lift bags in and out of the car or in and out of overhead bins.
  • Lift bags in stages: Start by lifting your bag to the seat armrest, then to the top of the seatback, and lastly up and into the bin. Do this same pattern in reverse when removing your luggage. Lifting luggage slowly and in stages helps prevent muscle strain. Ask the flight attendants for help if you feel you may struggle with your luggage. When you are lifting, never twist. This is a common cause of lower back injuries. Pivot your feet so your entire body moves in the same direction instead of only your back twisting.
  • Bring a travel pillow: By bringing your own pillow, you ensure you’ll have proper support wherever you are going. Stop in to try out our travel size pillows, such as the TEMPUR-Neck Pillow. We’ll help you find the perfect one.
  • Dress comfortably: Wear layers of non-restrictive clothes that allow you to comfortably move. Temperatures vary from airports to airplanes so layers will help keep you feeling comfortable.
  • Keep moving: Long flights or car rides have us sitting in the same position for too long. Book an aisle seat so you can easily move about the cabin when allowed. Make pit stops along the way when driving. Moving around as often as possible will avoid muscle stiffness and tension. Simple stretches and massage techniques and tools help to loosen muscle tension. Handheld massagers like Cohen’s Acuball Kit fit in carry-on luggage for quick relief.
  • Sit with support: It will not come as a surprise that airline seats do not have the best lumbar support. Use a back cushion, like the Self-Inflating Back Rest, to find proper support during your travels. Seat cushions can also provide joint pressure relief while increasing circulation during long flights or car rides.
  • Be realistic: Make plans depending on how your body and energy levels feel and remember to pace yourself. Plan the more physical parts of your trip earlier in the day with frequent breaks. Try not to overdo it in the beginning so you can enjoy your entire trip.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained specialist who can help you prepare for your holiday travel. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more holiday tips to keep you happy and healthy this season.

Staying Healthy For The Holidays

November brings the beginning of the holiday season. It’s time for cheerfulness, gift giving, seeing friends and family, and taking time off work to travel. However, this time of year can also bring a lot of stress. Did you know the average American spends one standard work-week a year on holiday activities alone? That’s roughly 42 hours a year spent on shopping, traveling, wrapping gifts, returning gifts, going to holiday parties, and prepping for holiday parties.

Staying healthy during the holidays can be done. While the stress and demand of the holidays can take a toll on your body, there are ways to maintain a positive physical, mental, and emotional state. This year, enjoy the holidays and keep stress at bay with these helpful tips.

  • Get enough rest: Inadequate sleep can leave you feeling irritable, weaken your immune system, and worsen the feeling of pain. Treat yourself to an early gift and ensure you’re getting the best night’s rest with these sleep products.
  • Careful when carrying heavy bags: Lift luggage and heavy shopping bags in stages. Be sure to never twist when lifting heavy bags. Pivot your feet so your entire body moves together, in one direction, instead of only twisting your back. See other ways to stay pain free when traveling this holiday.
  • Stay hydrated: Dehydration can be a serious problem, especially around the holidays. When the temperature drops, we may feel that we do not need water as much but that is quite the opposite. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces each day. For instance, if you weigh 150 lbs., try to drink 75 oz. of water.
  • Plan ahead: Whether you’re heading to the mall, doing your shopping online, or making dinner for friends and family, make a list to save you time and energy. Lists will help keep you organized while avoiding unnecessary time on your feet spent aimlessly walking around.
  • Don’t abandon your daily routine: It’s important to both your physical and mental wellbeing to stick with your daily habits. Continue your workout schedule, meal planning, and so on. Make these habits work with your holiday schedule, not against it.
  • Set aside time for yourself: This means being okay with saying “no” to events and plans that we know will cause more stress than cheerfulness. Use this time to take your favorite workout class, soak in a warm bath, get a massage. Add one of our many massage products to your gift list, or treat yourself early, so you can relax at home and feel the benefits of massage whenever you need it.

We hope these tips help you have a stress-free and pain-free holiday season with friends and family. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit your local Relax The Back store for more holiday gift ideas.

How Getting Regular Massages Can Improve Your Life

While massage therapy is often associated with relaxation or a special indulgence during vacation, getting regular massages can have an important role in positively impacting your health and wellbeing. Studies continue to show the positive benefits of incorporating this treatment into your health regimen to improve strephysical, emotional, and mental wellness.

Whether your reasons for massage therapy are for medical purposes, stress-related, or pain relief, massage therapy can:

  • Improve range of motion and flexibility, which helps reduce and ease back pain.
  • Stretch tight or sore muscles while enhancing exercise performance.
  • Promote relaxation to reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Ease the pressure and pain of tension headaches, reducing the frequency and chance of getting one.
  • Improve blood flow, keeping joints more fluid to improve flexibility while reducing the risk of injury by working connective tissues, muscles, ligaments, and joints.
  • Reduce stress hormones and pain to help you fall asleep and have a better night’s rest.
  • Manage and reduce chronic pain naturally to improve quality of life.

Incorporate massage into your daily routine with some of our favorite massage products:

  • Foot massagers: Relieve tension and soothe feet with rejuvenating rollers and air massage.
  • Massage Cushions: Portable, travel-size cushions provide comfort and relief wherever you are.
  • Handheld Massagers: Perfect for those on-the-go, you’ll have targeted therapy at your fingertips.
  • Massage Chairs: From shiatsu to traditional style massages, you’ll have the benefits of a full body massage in the comfort of your own home.

At Relax The Back, we understand the importance of health and wellness. When we take care of our bodies, physically and mentally, we feel better and our quality of life is improved. Even if you feel you are not in pain, finding time for massage can prevent pain and health issues in the future. Our selection of massage products makes it easy to incorporate massage into your routine. Visit your local Relax The Back store for an in-store massage experience with the help of one of our trained associates.

How Sleep Can Improve Your Overall Wellness #SleepBetterLiveBetter

When it comes to our overall health and wellness, sleep plays a vital role in protecting and improving our mental health, physical health, and quality of life.

Quality sleep helps improve our cognitive function, personal performance, and cardiovascular health. When life gets busy, sleep can be the first thing that is affected. We often put sleep on the back burner to get more done during the day when in fact, when we are getting adequate sleep, we perform more efficiently throughout our waking hours.

Our brains need sleep to function properly and to help us prepare for the day ahead. Studies have shown that a good night’s rest improves our learning capacity, helps heal and repair our muscles, heart and our blood vessels, while also supporting our immune system and a healthier metabolism.

When we make sleep a priority, we enhance our well-being. We can wake up in a better mood, thinking clearly, with a healthy mindset to start the day. Proper sleep, a balanced diet, and a regular workout routine help to keep us healthy while preventing pain and discomfort down the road.

Take a look at the infographic to the left for more ways sleep can improve your overall wellness.

If you are having difficulty sleeping because of pain or want to improve your sleep environment, visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained consultant who can help you try our numerous sleep products to create the ultimate sleep environment in your home. With the proper support, you’ll be on your way to a better night’s rest.

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Improve Your Habits, Improve Your Health

Better health is on everyone’s mind. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to get on the right track. We often set expectations too high and if we do not accomplish our goals we feel defeated. Setting smaller, realistic goals to improve our health will help us achieve the bigger picture in the long run.

Consider your daily habits. Are there any you feel you could improve upon that could lead to better health and wellness? Acknowledging these habits and taking small steps to work on them will allow you to establish a new, healthy pattern. From the minute you wake up, your actions have an effect on your energy, your mood, and your health. Whether it’s drinking enough water throughout the day or maintaining proper posture, we have created a list of habits you can form to improve our overall health and wellness.

While they may seem small individually, these habits have a big overall effect that will continue to improve your health down the road.  And remember, a general rule is that it takes about 21 days to form a new habit. Consistency and patience is key to long-term health.

  • Massage and stretching: Ease muscle tension, improve circulation, flexibility, and overall relief by incorporating massage and stretching into your routine. In as little as 10-15 minutes a day, you can reap the many benefits of these practices.
  • Tech screens: It is no secret that today’s society is constantly attached to screens; TVs, tablets and smartphones are at every touchpoint. By using ergonomically designed mounts, such as a Monitor Arm or by simply bringing our phones to eye-level, eye strain, muscle fatigue, and the risk of pinched nerves or back pain is minimized.
  • Maintain posture: Proper posture can prevent neck and back pain, headaches, and muscle fatigue. This How-To Guide for Perfect Posture will help you sit or stand properly no matter where you are.
  • Hydrate: Carry a 16 to 20 oz bottle of water with you wherever you go. It is easier to remember to drink water if you always have some nearby. If you have trouble getting enough water, use timers on your phone or the internet to get through at least half of your body weight in ounces of water a day.
  • Exercise, daily: 30 minutes a day is all it takes to be on your way to better health. Sign up for a favorite workout class, walk 15 minutes away from your house in the morning and then back, set scheduled workout times in your calendar, or find a friend who can be your accountability partner. Workouts do not have to be intense to be effective if you’re starting to get back into a routine. You can work up to longer, more concentrated exercises.
  • Sleep more: Aim to get at least 7 hours of shut-eye each night. Come see our sleep experts if you are having difficulty sleeping. We can provide sleep solutions to keep you comfortable and supported throughout the night.

5 Tips For A Healthy Workplace

Movement and support at the office is key to being happy and healthy at work. Think about the structure of our skeleton, our muscles, and our ligaments. Our bodies are made to move. By moving often, our muscles stay loose and warm, free of tension, our circulation is improved, and we simply feel better inside and out.

While incorporating movement into your daily work routine is important, the way your office supports you is also a factor to consider. Your office equipment should allow for flexibility and support where you need it most. From your neck and shoulders, down to your legs and feet, quality ergonomic office equipment promotes proper posture, comfort and wellness throughout the day while allowing the flexibility to easily move about.

Make comfort and productivity a priority in the office. Try these tips to help you incorporate movement into your day for a happier, healthier workspace.

  • Stretch often: Increase energy, relax muscle stiffness, and reduce stress with simple stretches that can be done right at your desk.
  • Take a break: Beat the afternoon slump with movement early and often. Making time to stretch and move is key. By taking breaks, you’re also allowing yourself to collect your thoughts and ideas for current or future projects as well as de-stressing and releasing tension.
  • Stay hydrated: Bring a large water bottle (16- to 20-oz) with you to work to fill up throughout the day. Work on finishing and refilling the bottle at least three times.
  • Set daily alarms: One way to remember to drink water and move around is to set alarms. Set them on your phone or computer to go off throughout the day as a quick reminder.
  • Invest in products that promote movement: Standing desks allow you to easily change positions throughout the day and promote energy and productivity. Rocking footrests help keep your legs active while you work, improving your circulation. Ergonomic office chairs with Core-Flex technology strengthen the spine while promoting constant, natural motion when seated.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with our trained specialists and try out our wide selection of our office products. Our experts will come to your home or office, complete an ergonomic assessment and help you find the product solution to ensure you’re working comfortably throughout your entire day. Follow us FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest for more tools to achieve ‘round the clock personalized comfort.

6 Exercises For A Healthier Back

Exercise plays an important role in keeping your body and mind healthy. Targeting specific muscles groups such as your back and core can help strengthen these muscles to protect your spine. Restful nights, rejuvenated days, refreshed mornings are some of the positive benefits of a healthier back and taking time for self-care.

There are simple ways to maintain a healthy back and counter the strain of sitting at the office and during our commutes. These exercises and stretches focus on promoting spinal health, increased flexibility, and improving overall wellness.

Exercise Benefits For A Healthier Back

  • Cat-Cow Variation: Relieve tension in the spine while reducing stiffness in the back and hips. Do 6-10 reps.
  • Bird-Dog: Improve balance and strengthen your core. Do 6-10 reps.
  • Child’s Pose: This restorative yoga position promotes a neutral spine. Stretch out along your side-body, relax tension in your shoulders and neck, and relieve pressure along your spine. Hold for 10-30 seconds.
  • Plank: This move works your entire body but the biggest benefit comes from strengthening your core and back muscles. Hold for 10-30 seconds.
  • Bridge: Stretch and strengthen muscles in your lower back, quads, hips, and abs. Do 6-10 reps.
  • Supine Knee-Twist: Stretch your spine and back muscles and open tight shoulders. Sink into this position a little more with each exhale to relax at the end of this exercise series. Hold each side for 10-30 seconds.

For more information on how to improve your overall back health, make sure to visit your local Relax The Back store. Our trained specialists will work with you one-on-one to find a product or solution that works best for your specific needs.

17 Desk Stretches That Provide Relief

Staying in one position for a prolonged period begins to take a toll on your body and your mind. When sitting or standing at the office, our muscles often become stiff and tight throughout the day. Taking the time to stretch while at work helps to relax tense muscles, in addition to being an effective strategy in boosting your health and happiness.

Set a calendar reminder for a 10-15 minute break to try the 17 stretches found in the infographic below. They can be done right at your desk! Incorporating stretches into your daily work regimen has many benefits including relaxing muscle stiffness in the shoulders, back, and neck, increasing range of motion and flexibility, and helping you feel more alert and energized.

While stretches are great for short-term relief, there are other measures you can take to relieve discomfort and increase your overall wellness. Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with our trained specialists. They will help you find useful solutions for the office or at home. Try our ergonomic workstation products that can help you find relief while working, ergonomic office chairs and back cushions that provide the support you need for productive workdays, or massage tools that can be used at work, at home, or on-the-go.

6 Tips For Choosing The Right Mattress For You

A better night’s rest is a common desire among adults. Whether you’re stressed about work, dealing with unwanted noises and light at night, or not having the proper temperature set in your bedroom, there are numerous factors that can contribute to a good night’s sleep. The foundation of quality sleep however, begins with your mattress.

Think back to the last time you replaced your mattress. Has it been more than 8 years? If so, it is time to update your sleep setting. Over time, materials in your mattress begin to degrade making it more uncomfortable to sleep on. If you’re waking up with aches and pains, your mattress could be the culprit. It’s important to have the right mattress to fulfill your needs, to sleep better, and to optimize your overall wellness.

If it’s time for you to get a new mattress, use this guide to help find the right one for you.

  • Determine your needs: Are you a hot sleeper that is always looking for the coolest side of the pillow? Does back pain or neck pain keep you up at night? The type of mattress you get is based on your specific needs and preferences.
  • Establish your budget: Once you have set a budget, speak with a sales consultant to see which mattresses fit into your budget and your sleeping style.
  • Utilize our sleep experts: No two bodies or preferences are the same. Our trained specialists can help find a mattress that supports your spine and your body where you need it most. By testing out mattresses in the store, you’ll be able to determine the size and firmness that is perfect for you.
  • Personalized comfort and support: Mattresses come in a variety of sizes and firmness levels. One that is too firm will push on main pressure points causing your body to be out of proper alignment. A mattress that is too soft will not properly support your body or those pressure points. It comes down to personal preference when selecting a firmer or softer mattress. The key to a restful night’s sleep is finding the mattress that supports your body while allowing your spine, head, and neck to rest in neutral posture. Consider an adjustable base for an even more personalized sleep system.
  • Mattress for two: It’s also important to keep in mind the size of your mattress when shopping for two. For couples who like close quarters, a queen sized mattress is recommended. For those who prefer maximum personal space, opt for a king.
  • Give it time: It takes your body time to adjust to sleeping on a new surface. There is a natural adjustment period. Give it a few nights if you are not feeling the same level of comfort you initially felt in the store. Rest easy knowing Relax The Back supports you with a 90 Night Sleep Guarantee.

Finding the right mattress for your sleep style and body type is essential, not only for pain relief, but also for your overall health and well-being. Even if you are not currently experiencing pain, replacing your mattress every 8 years will help you continue to have countless nights of restful sleep.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to feel the difference of a well-selected mattress. Our trained sleep experts can work with you to find a mattress that will put you on the right track to living better and sleeping easier.

17 Ways Exercise Makes You A Happier Person

We all know how important exercise is to weight loss. Although, there are many more benefits in addition to weight loss when it comes to maintaining an active lifestyle and as we age, it is even more important to make movement and exercise part of our day.

Here are a few benefits of exercise:

  • Increase blood flow
  • Decrease risk of heart disease
  • Boost high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as “good” cholesterol
  • Decrease unhealthy triglycerides
  • Improve your mood with as little as 5 minutes of exercise
  • Increase muscle strength and endurance

The health benefits are difficult to brush aside. The simple fact is that we must find time to exercise and move. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean hours spent at the gym. Find out how you can be a happier person by creating (and sticking to) a regular workout routine with this helpful infographic.

How Couples Can Sleep Better Together

If sleeping with your significant other is a struggle, you’re not alone. 85% of American adults report they have problems sleeping at night with 40% of those adults saying it is due to their spouse or partner tossing and turning. There are numerous studies that suggest sleeping together has a positive impact on one’s health, and more and more adults are sleeping separately in order to get a better night’s sleep. Tossing and turning, snoring, temperature control, and distractions can have negative effects on your sleep quality and health and are common reasons adults are sleeping apart.

 

Follow these 7 tips to help the two of you sleep better together:

  1. Get fitted for a pillow. Find a pillow that fits your specific sleeping style and body type and be sure to replace it every two to three years. Over time, pillows can collect bacteria, mold, and dust mites to become unhealthy to sleep on as well as change shape.
  2. Invest in the best mattress. Along with your pillow, your mattress is key to helping you fall asleep and stay asleep. Our trained sleep experts can work with you to show you numerous mattress options based on preferences of both you and your partner. A memory foam mattress is a great option for couples as it diminishes the effects of tossing and turning throughout the night.
  3. Minimize disruptions. Cover electronic screens, use a sleep mask or purchase heavy shades or curtains to help keep distracting lights away. If possible, keep the kids and pets out of the bed and be sure to turn phones off or on silent.
  4. Stagger bedtimes. If your partner is keeping you up with their snoring or tossing and turning, going to bed at different times can be a resolution. Try going to sleep first, then have them join once you’ve fallen into a deep sleep.
  5. Control the temperature. Many couples have different preferences when it comes to sleep temperature. Have an extra set of blankets just for you if you tend to be a cold sleeper. If you’re a hot sleeper, invest in gel sleeping products that will keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night.
  6. Silence is golden. Consider earplugs or earmuffs to quiet outside noises or your partner snoring. A vibrating alarm clock is another option if you wake up at different times.
  7. Unwinding after a long day can sometimes be difficult. At the end of the day, this is your time to reconnect with your partner, relax, and be present in the moment.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to try our sleep products out first hand. We can help you determine the best products for your sleeping situation so you and your partner can be on your way to a better night’s sleep.

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