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Pain Awareness Month: Taking Care Of Your Back

Every September, the U.S. Pain Foundation sponsors Pain Awareness Month as a way to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding pain and pain management. Their goal is to break the isolation that often comes with chronic pain. At Relax The Back, we’re focusing on raising awareness for back pain and the importance of spinal health. Your spine is the foundation of your body and because of this an episode of back pain can also manifest itself as shoulder, neck, hip, or knee pain.

80% of Americans suffer from chronic back pain with eight out of ten people experiencing it at some point in their lifetime. With numbers remaining consistent year after year, it is clear back pain can affect people of all ages. Whether pain is caused by sciatica, scoliosis, a herniated disc, or just simply stress, there are simple solutions people can take to relieve pain and improve their overall health and wellness.

Being proactive with spinal health can help reduce and prevent pain. The key to spinal health is having strong spinal muscles to support your frame. While it is true that physically active people are less likely to deal with back pain and discomfort, they are not risk free. Back pain can affect all people regardless of how active they are.

By incorporating conditioning and strengthening exercises into your routine, you can rehabilitate the spine, alleviate and prevent pain, and reduce severity of future episodes. Acting as a natural stimulus to heal the back, exercise keeps muscles, ligaments, and discs healthy as well as relieving stress and improving our mood and overall happiness.

At Relax The Back, we believe in helping people take control of their spinal health through stretching, strengthening, and supporting their spine throughout the day. Our spinal health product consultants are passionate about helping you get back to a healthier life. They will work with you to educate you on spinal health and create custom solutions based on your unique lifestyle. When it comes to relieving daily discomforts and improving home, office, and sleep comfort, we’ve got your back.

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.

5 Reasons To Get A Massage

Getting a massage is far more than a luxury. Studies show that treating yourself to regular massages can have a tremendously positive impact on your overall health and wellness, as well as being an important aspect of preventive care.

Whether you’re getting a massage for relaxation, medical purposes, or as a special indulgence, finding the time for a massage is very beneficial to everyday life. From reduced tension headaches and migraines to improved flexibility and circulation, there are numerous health benefits of massage therapy.

Every year, the ABMP celebrates EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week. This week was created to promote benefits of regular body work and to highlight the work of massage therapists.

In honor of the week, we have put together a quick list of reasons why everybody should get a massage:

  1. Stretch tight or weak muscles while improving flexibility and range of motion. This helps to reduce and ease back pain.
  2. Oxygen and nutrients are kneaded through soft tissues and vital organs to improve circulation.
  3. Manage and reduce chronic pain naturally to improve overall quality of life.
  4. Decrease stress, depression, and anxiety through decreased levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, while feel-good hormones, serotonin and dopamine, are increased.
  5. Improve sleep quality.

Even if you are not currently feeling aches and pains, you are not injured, or you are not feeling stressed, working in regular massages help prevent future health issues from developing. At Relax The Back, we understand the importance of preventive care, staying healthy, and living a pain-free life.

Visit your local Relax The Back store for a first-hand, in-store massage experience in one of our many massage chairs. Our trained specialists can also show you our numerous handheld massagers, foot massagers, and massage cushions to fit any budget or pain point.

Travel Pain-Free This Summer

Summer vacations are in full swing. Whether you are traveling with kids, your partner, friends, or alone, pain and flare-ups can inconvenience your plans. Long car rides, bumpy flights, and unforgiving seats cause back and leg muscles to stiffen, in addition to putting unnecessary stress on the spine.

Pain shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying some much needed time off. Wherever it is you are going, follow these simple steps to reduce aches and stress so you can enjoy your travels.

  • Keep moving: Maintaining your workout routine, even a modified version, as well as stretching often, will help keep your muscles loose and circulation flowing. Pack a handheld massager or foam roller to work out knots and tense muscles caused by prolonged sitting. Our Theracane is also a great portable tool.
  • Pack lightly: Instead of packing one heavy, large suitcase, pack two smaller bags. This will make lifting bags overhead into airplane bins, and in and out of the car, much easier.
  • Lift properly: Lift luggage slowly and in stages. Avoid twisting by pivoting your feet so your entire body moves in the same direction. Twisting is a common cause of lower back injuries.
  • Bring support: Airline seats and even some car seats do not offer adequate lumbar support. Pack an inflatable back cushion, such as our Self-Inflating Back Rest, to easily and quickly add support. Bring a U-Shaped Travel Pillow whenever you’re traveling to help you rest comfortably.
  • Grab your pillow: When traveling, we often sleep on pillows that are not our own. They may not have the support you need for your body type, which leads to pain. Bring a pillow that is fit to your body type. The ContourSide Pillow comes in two travel sizes for a better fit.

How A Pillow Can Relieve Migraines

If you or someone you know experience migraines, you are aware of how debilitating they can be. A migraine is much more than an intense headache. Blurred vision, immense pain, nausea, and numbness to the face or limbs are all symptoms of a migraine headache. These symptoms can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours.

Those who suffer from migraines are often aware of their triggers; whether it is food, lack of sleep, stress, changes in weather, or hormones, to name a few. Neck and back pain is also a common trigger. A vicious cycle can arise due to neck pain causing sleep disturbances and lack of quality sleep causing migraines. Other than medication, there are ways to help prevent pain and it starts in the bedroom.

Pillows for migraine relief

When we are awake, we are more likely to be aware of our posture and maintaining proper positioning to allow the least amount of stress on our spine. When we sleep, however, we may be falling into positions that do not properly support a neutral posture.

Quality pillows can provide support throughout the night to ensure your spine is properly aligned, minimizing irritation to your neck muscles. Keep in mind, pillows are not all the same size. Getting fitted for a pillow ensures you are sleeping with the correct size and style based on your body type and sleep preference.

These pillows can provide the support you need for migraine relief:

  • Technogel Sleeping Gel Pillow: This anatomic pillow keeps your head, neck, and spine aligned while adjusting to your neck shape and movement. A layer of gel keeps you cool and comfortable throughout the night.
  • Contourside Pillow by Relax The Back: Ideal for side sleepers, the dual cradle design and airflow system improves breathing while you rest. Also relieves jaw and ear pressure.
  • TEMPUR-Cloud Soft & Lofty Pillow: Cushion soft for lasting comfort on your neck, shoulders, and head. TEMPUR micro cushions cradle your head and ease neck pressure.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to try our numerous sleep products firsthand. We know no two bodies are identical. Our trained specialists will work with you to determine the best sleep products for your specific needs. They will fit you for a pillow that is perfect for your body type and preferred sleeping style.

How Do You Travel? Finding Personalized Comfort On-The-Go

Whether you are traveling for vacation or you are commuting to work, the products you surround yourself with can have a big impact on your overall health. By optimizing your traveling habits to fit your specific needs, you can increase comfort and prevent pain before it begins. These travel products will help you get to your final destinations with proper support.

Back Supports

Airline and train seats aren’t known for their outstanding lumbar support. Bringing along a back cushion will ensure you have extra spinal support during your travels. Those who suffer from a herniated disc or sciatica can benefit from using a back cushion. The Self-Inflating Back Rest is an easily portable lumbar support perfect for traveling or for use during your commute. The JazzRX is instantly adjustable allowing for maximum positioning flexibility and relief where you need it most.

Neck Supports

Neck pillows and supports help you maintain posture while sitting or sleeping, while also relieving neck strain associated with standard seating. Travel pillows are light and portable so you can find comfort in airplanes, trains, or cars. While driving or flying, the Tempur-Pedic U-Shaped Travel Pillow eliminates pressure points while preventing back and neck pain. Staying at a hotel? The ContourSide travel pillow is soothing on the face while also providing jaw and ear pressure relief. You can rest comfortably and maintain proper posture wherever you go.

Seat Cushions

Promote a healthy back and remain pain-free with our wide variety of seat cushions. Seat cushions provide relief for those suffering from pelvis pain, coccyx pain, and sciatica. The Technogel Living Seat Cushion and the ContourSit Ergonomic Seat Cushion both provide additional spinal and hip support allowing you to sit in the ergonomically correct “S” curve position. These are ideal for cars with bucket seats. For those who require extra support to ensure comfort, the Sacro Ease Back Support provides personalized lumbar and seated support for lasting comfort while traveling. It is custom-bent to fit your specific needs and ideal for those who drive a Prius, or a car where the built-in seating may not provide enough support.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained specialist and try out our travel products. Through one-on-one support, our team will help you find the product solution to ensure you are traveling comfortably without pain. Follow our 24-hour approach to comfort and wellness on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more tools to achieve ‘round the clock personalized relief.

Fibromyalgia & Sleep: Solutions For A Better Night’s Rest

Each year on May 12th, the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association supports National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day to raise awareness and funds to help those living with chronic pain from fibromyalgia. 2%-10% of the American population suffers from this chronic condition that causes abdominal pain, fatigue, chronic headaches, joint and muscle pain and stiffness, and insomnia.

Sleep Problems

Sleep problems and fibromyalgia can be a vicious cycle. A majority of those suffering from fibromyalgia symptoms have issues with sleep. Whether it is lack of sleep, non-restorative sleep, restless leg syndrome, or difficulty staying asleep due to pain, not getting enough sleep intensifies pain symptoms.

Research has shown sleep and pain are linked. When we do not get adequate sleep, our pain tolerance can decrease making existing pain feel much worse. One study followed a group of healthy middle-aged women who were purposefully deprived of the deepest stage of sleep for three days. These women showed increased levels of fatigue and discomfort and a decrease in pain tolerance. This suggests sleep deprivation plays a key role in the development in fibromyalgia symptoms.

Solutions For Better Sleep

Improving sleep quality can have a lasting impact on fibromyalgia pain. Creating and maintaining good sleep hygiene can help you manage your symptoms. Try the solutions below for a better night’s rest. As always, consult your physician regarding any pain and sleep disturbances you may be experiencing.

  • Make sleep a priority. Too often do we put sleep on the back burner when other parts of life become hectic. It is even more important for those with fibromyalgia to maintain a consistent sleep schedule and to be sure they get enough sleep each night.
  • Think cool, dark, and quiet in the bedroom. Heat can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep and chronic pain has also been known to increase in the presence sound.
  • Maintain a regular exercise routine. Low-impact exercise activities such as yoga, swimming, or walking have been shown to help reduce pain symptoms.
  • Get fitted for a pillow. By using a pillow that fits your body type and sleep style, your head and spine will be properly aligned for maximum comfort and pressure relief.
  • Invest in a quality mattress. Your mattress is the foundation on which quality sleep is built. Tempur-Pedic mattresses adapt to the shape of your body, relieving pressure points and preventing you from tossing and turning throughout the night.
  • Gentle massage or other relaxation techniques can help loosen stiff muscles while easing your mind of stress or worries that may keep you awake. Find full body relief and relaxation with our massage chairs or use our handheld massagers for targeting relief where you need it most.

Visit a local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained associate who can help you find product solutions to reduce pain and provide relief wherever you are. From your home, to your office, to your daily commute, there are solutions to your pain needs. Try numerous products and begin feeling a difference before you even leave the store. Relief is a visit away.

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Our Top Travel Products + Tips For Pain Free Flying

Long flights can be hard on your back, neck, and muscles; especially for those who already experience pain in these areas. Sitting for prolonged periods of time stiffens muscles in the back and legs while putting pressure on your spine. Carrying heavy suitcases around from one destination to the next also puts you at risk for lower back injuries.

Relax The Back offers a wide-range of travel products that will increase your comfort levels and support. Easily portable, these products will provide you with the proper support wherever your journey takes you.

  • Self-Inflating Back Rest: Easy to use, easy to carry, and always readily available. One of our most popular travel products, this back rest can be deflated and rolled up for easy transport.
  • U-Shaped Travel Pillow: Made by Tempur-Pedic with their patented material, this pillow is perfect for long flights. TEMPUR material conforms to your head and neck for ultimate comfort and support.
  • Cohens AcuBall Kit: Find relief with heat. This heatable self-massage ball provides post-travel relief by increasing blood flow, enhancing joint motion, and relaxing tight muscles.
  • Theracane: This portable pressure point massager will work wonders on knots and tense muscles caused by prolonged sitting.

In addition to these products, the great infographic below by Thomas Cook provides also tips on how to prepare for your flight and highlights simple exercises you can do on the plane to relieve or prevent pain and stiffness.

If you’re traveling soon or have a long work commute, visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with our trained specialists. They will help you find the product solutions for your needs while providing more information on ways to stay pain-free.

5 Tips To Beat The Afternoon Slump

We’ve all been there. You’re having a very productive morning, checking off tasks on your to-do lists, you’re in the zone, when 2p.m. rolls around and you can barely keep your eyes open. Energy levels dip, it’s harder to concentrate; it’s the dreaded afternoon slump.

Our circadian rhythm may be the one to blame for those midday sluggish feelings. Our bodies “sleep signals” peak at night and in the afternoon around 2p.m., making us feel like we want to curl up for a quick nap in the middle of the day. Along with sleep cycles, there are a few factors that can contribute (and beat!) afternoon fatigue.

From the food we eat at lunch, to our stress levels, to our workout routines, check out a few reasons you may be losing energy in the middle of the day and ways to finish the day off energized and alert.

In addition to the helpful tips from Cleveland Clinic, your workstation setup plays a big role in how you feel throughout the day. Having a proper ergonomic workstation that allows for movement and flexibility will help you stay alert and productive while preventing any pain or discomfort. Take a look at these tips to setting up an ergonomic workstation and ways you can incorporate movement into your day.

Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with a trained expert who can help you set up your workstation. They will guide you through numerous products that fit your work style to find the perfect match and provide you with information on staying healthy and productive at the office.

Afternoon Slump

What Is Fibromyalgia and How To Cope

There are nearly 5 million people in the United States who suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms. While fibromyalgia is considered a common arthritis-related symptom, it is not a form of arthritis because it does not cause muscles, joints, and other tissues to become inflamed or damaged.

Fibromyalgia does cause significant pain, similar to arthritis, chronic headaches, insomnia, fatigue, abdominal pain, stiffness, and joint and muscle pain. Fibromyalgia sufferers not only experience physical pain, they also experience mental and emotional pain due to this condition.

While men and children can be affected with fibromyalgia, researchers have found that 80 to 90 percent of those diagnosed are women. Whether this is a result of shared environmental factors, hereditary genes, or both, there are no clear answers as to why this occurs.

While researchers are still searching for a cure for fibromyalgia, there are ways to resolve symptoms and cope with the daily challenges of living with this condition.

  • Make sleep a priority: Create an optimal sleep environment. Think cool, dark, and quiet. Quality pillows, like the ContourSleep Cervical Pillow, provide support for your head, neck, and spine while easing fibromyalgia pain. Invest in a pressure-relieving mattress, such as our TempurPedic Mattresses, which relieve pressure points and improve sleep.
  • Heat therapy: Heat helps to relax tense muscles, reduce pain, and allows you to move around more easily. Try soaking in a bath or using heat therapy products to ease tension, stiffness, and pain. Our MediBeads Moist Heat Pads provide fast, therapeutic relief for up to 30 minutes. Combine heat therapy with our Kneading Back Massage Cushion for deep tissue relief wherever you are.
  • Exercise regularly: Pain, fatigue, and stiffness can often cause a person suffering from fibromyalgia to put off exercising. However, engaging in regular exercises is a major factor in easing these symptoms. Exercise improves endurance, keeps you physically fit, and reduces pain. Conditioning and aerobic exercises, such as biking, walking, or swimming, improve your mood and provide feelings of control and well-being.

Read more about fibromyalgia in the helpful infographic below from Cleveland Clinic.

What is Fibromyalgia and How To Cope

How To Prevent Acid Reflux And Rest Comfortably

How To Prevent Acid Reflux And Rest Comfortably

Acid reflux affects over 350 Million people around the world. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid or bile flows up to the esophagus and irritates the lining of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Symptoms such as chest pain, heartburn, bloating, and nausea can cause discomfort and pain throughout the day and well into the night, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Common causes of acid reflux

  • Eating a large meal then lying on your back
  • Consuming certain foods or beverages
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy

Lying down with acid reflux

Gravity plays an important role in acid reflux. Whether you’re lying down to read a book, watch TV, or fall asleep, the acid in your stomach is more likely to enter your esophagus in these positions, causing heartburn. Regurgitation, the sour or bitter taste, often causes people to wake up or remain awake. Chocking or coughing can also occur when lying down if acid reaches the back of the throat.

Rest easy with neutral posture

Fortunately, there are ways to relax and sleep comfortably when dealing with acid reflux. Tilting the upper torso upward while having your head raised higher than your abdomen in a neutral posture position will help prevent or reduce acid or food in the stomach from traveling back up to the esophagus. Neutral posture refers to a stress-free position in which our bodies naturally curve to reduce pressure on our spine.

In addition to regularly exercising and avoiding foods and drinks that trigger symptoms, there are a number of product solutions to help you reduce and prevent acid reflux.

How we can help

If you suffer from acid reflux, our trained specialists can show you a number of products to help you find relief. When you visit a Relax The Back store, we’ll work with you to determine when symptoms arise throughout the day and night and provide you with product solutions that you can try out first-hand in our stores. Feel instant relief from back pain in our Perfect Chairs or learn how a bed wedge system can be customized to your comfort level.

5 Reasons You Have A Stiff Neck

5 Reasons You Have A Stiff Neck

Neck pain is never a pleasant experience. Tense, sore muscles make it difficult to do even the simplest everyday tasks. A stiff neck can also make it harder to get a restful night’s sleep. There are a number of different reasons you may be experiencing this pain. Thankfully, there are also numerous ways to treat non-severe neck pain.

Here are a few common reasons you may have a stiff neck.

Causes of a stiff neck

  • Injury: Any accident that causes your head and neck to jerk around forcibly could lead to stiffness due to injured muscles and ligaments in your neck. A fall, car collision, or getting hit while playing sports are possible instances where this type of injury would occur.
  • Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve can be caused by accidents where you herniate a disk or by arthritis. In these cases, neck stiffness can radiate into your arms and your legs.
  • Stress: Every one’s body handles stress differently. While some may feel back pain, grind their teeth, or get tension headaches, others may carry their stress in the upper back and neck. Stress can cause muscle to become tense. If you are feeling stiffness in your neck, consider your stress levels as a potential cause.
  • Fibromyalgia: This common arthritis-related symptom causes joint and muscle pain, fatigue, and stiffness. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, try these tips to help cope.
  • Muscle Spasm: Repetitive activity or any movements that puts your neck in an awkward position for a prolonged amount of time can cause neck muscles to spasm. For example, having your computer screen placed too high causing you to look up to do work could cause neck stiffness.

At- Home treatment for neck pain

  • Ice and heat therapy: Within the first 48 -72 hours, use cold therapy tools, such as the PROTOCOLD Therapy Pads, to reduce inflammation. After this time period, soothing heat will keep inflammation down, improve blood circulation, and release tension in your neck muscles. Try our Far Infrared Heat Wrap to find relief.
  • Ergonomics: Proper workstation setup is key to having a productive, pain-free day. Everything from your monitor placement, to where you put your mouse, to the height of your chair will affect comfort levels as well as how much strain is placed on your muscles and joints. Here are a few tips to setting up an ergonomic workstation.
  • Exercise: Simple stretches can help relieve tension and reduce stiffness in your neck.
  • Pillows: Use a supportive pillow that is fitted to your body type to avoid strain and discomfort throughout the night. The proper pillow aligns your head and spine for maximum comfort and pressure relief.
  • Massage: Gentle massage helps to increase blood flow to neck muscles to release tension and provide comfort. Our Epulse Neck and Shoulder Massager’s body-hugging design provides targeted relief.

We recommend consulting a physician if your pain is extreme or you find your symptoms worsening. It is always important to speak with a doctor before starting any new routines or health regimens.

6 Common Back Pain Myths

6 Common Back Pain Myths

Did you know 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time? There is a wealth of knowledge and information online regarding back pain however, finding the correct information isn’t always easy.

Below we are debunking a few of the most common back pain myths.

MYTH #1 Bed rest is the best solution until the pain goes away

TRUTH: Although resting for a day or two after an injury is expected, longer periods of bed rest can actually cause more damage to your back. Inactivity weakens the muscles and slows down your recovery time. Simple, gentle exercises for a few minutes a day will help keep your muscles actively engaged. Speak with your doctor or physical therapist to see what exercises you can perform.

MYTH #2 I work out regularly, I won’t get back pain

TRUTH: While physically active people are less likely to deal with back pain and discomfort than those who have a more sedentary lifestyle, they are not risk free. Back pain can affect all people regardless of how active they are. Sports like volleyball and golf are more likely to cause pain. Be sure to include conditioning and strengthening exercises for your back and abdominal muscles to prevent pain and injury.

MYTH #3 All back pain requires professional treatment

TRUTH: While there are many causes for back pain, there are also a variety of possible solutions to relieve pain. Studies have shown that stretching, yoga, and spine-friendly furniture, such as ergonomic chairs for the office and home and well-fitted mattresses and pillows, can provide the same amount of relief as medications.

MYTH #4 Surgery is the only option for long-term relief

TRUTH: Most back related pain can be treated with non-operative methods. Physical therapy and activity modification have proven to be incredibly successful in helping patients find relief and prevent pain in the future. Fitness and therapy products like the Mastercare Back-A-Traction Inversion Table or lumbar extenders have also provide lasting relief to customers. Spine surgery is a risky procedure and oftentimes, patients are overprescribed medication for simple back pain.

MYTH #5 Exercise is bad for your back

TRUTH: One of the most effective forms of back pain prevention and treatment is exercise. By strengthening the abdominal and back muscles, your spine is protected, lowering the risk of pain or injury – especially in the lower back. If starting a new routine, begin with gentle exercises that are low impact. As always, consult your physical before starting a new workout or stretch program.

MYTH #6 Back pain is unavoidable as I age

TRUTH: Back pain may be more prevalent with age however, there are ways to reduce the risk by looking at the common causes. Studies have found a number of causes that lead to age-related back pain. Inactivity, smoking, being overweight, high stress, inadequate sleep, and poor posture can all lead to major pain problems in the long run. By addressing these risks early on, you can prevent back pain and discomfort as you get older.

While many people may suffer from back pain, no two people will have the same experience with pain or recovery. At Relax The Back, we understand back pain can affect people differently. When you visit our stores, our trained specialists will work with you to determine what is causing you the most pain and product solutions to provide the most relief. Personalized comfort, personalized relief. Find a Relax The Back location near you and say goodbye to back pain.

5 Ways To Reduce Back Pain During The Holidays

The holidays are filled with family gatherings, gift exchanges, relaxation, and parties. While it is a wonderful time of year, it also provides ample opportunities for back pain to flare up. From holiday shopping, cooking, traveling, and decorating, all of the hustle and bustle can contribute to unwelcome muscle aches and fatigue. Here are a few ways that you can reduce back pain during the holidays, so you can truly enjoy this time spent with friends and family.

5 Ways To Reduce Back Pain During The Holidays

  • Maintain a healthy diet, exercise, and stay hydrated: We know it can be easy to get wrapped up in holiday treats and merriment however, sticking to your workout routine and healthy eating habits will help keep excess weight off. Treat yourself every now and then but be thoughtful when eating. Excess weight puts pressure on joints and your spine, leading to pain and discomfort. Chronic muscle spasms and inflammation can be triggered by dehydration.
  • Vary wrapping positions: While there isn’t one ideal position for wrapping gifts, varying positions as often as possible will help reduce unwanted aches and poor posture. Alternate wrapping one gift while standing near a counter and another gift while sitting at a table.
  • Make sleep a priority: It is very important to make sure you continue to get adequate sleep during these hectic holidays. Lack of sleep can cause pain symptoms to worsen over time. Treat yourself to an early present and sleep easier this year with one of our great sleep products. If you can, sneak in a nap during the day. This helps increase alertness and stamina when you need it most.
  • Make a plan: With a little planning, most holiday stress can be prevented. Plan ahead and ask for help when it comes to holiday activities that require heavy lifting. Bringing gifts to the post office, hauling heavy shopping bags around, or moving boxes of decorations, can all lead to straining your back muscles. Ask for a helping hand to prevent injury.
  • Put products to reduce back pain on your wish list: Ask for gifts that will provide lasting comfort and relaxation this year. Here are some gifts for every body and budget to help you get started.

Need more help finding products that offer relief and relaxation? Head to your local Relax The Back location to speak with a specialist. They will help you pick out the perfect gift for your loved one, or yourself. And be sure to enter our ‘Tis The Season of Relief Giveaway going on right now! Pick your giveaway prize on Facebook each week. Visit our page to enter.

Affordable Gifts For Lasting Pain Relief

Affordable Gifts For Lasting Pain Relief

At Relax The Back, we truly believe everyone deserves to have a pain-free holiday as we head into 2017. Gifts that provide lasting pain relief do not have to cost a lot of money. We have put together a list of some of our favorite affordable products that will help you and your loved ones relax, reduce pain, and bring comfort to all of your friends and family.

  • Theracane Massager ($30) Find relief from muscle tension, stiffness, and soreness. Perfect for those on the go or for loved ones (or yourself) who are looking for a compact and lightweight self-massage tool.
  • McKenzie Lumbar Roll ($16) Support your spine’s natural curvature and relieve lower back pain with this portable spine alignment roll.
  • Lumbar Extender ($80) All you need is 5 minutes, twice a day, to relieve back pain with the Lumbar Extender. Targeted pressure releases tension and enhances muscle relaxation.
  • Moji Pro Foot Massager ($40) Relief for tired feet. Reduce foot pain by stretching and massaging your foot over the stainless steel massage spheres. The steel allows this tool to be chilled for a refreshing ice massage.
  • Sleep Mask by TEMPUR-Pedic ($29) Soothing sleep is on everyone’s wish list. Cool and comfortable, the TEMPUR foam material conforms to your face shape to help you sleep easier and more peacefully.
  • Self-Inflating Back Rest ($40) A great gift for loved one’s who travel often or have a long commute. This lumbar support is easy to use and even easier to store.
  • Rock-N-Stop Footrest ($69) For your hard-working loved one, this rocking footrest helps align feet with the rest of the body to reduce back pain and muscle tension in the neck.

Add these affordable gifts to your gift list, or wish list, this year. Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists who can help you find the perfect gift based on specific pain needs. Also, be sure to visit us online, www.relaxtheback.com, and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Gift Guide: Products For Relief, Rest, And Relaxation

Gift Guide: Products For Relief, Rest, And Relaxation

‘Tis the season of relief! At Relax The Back, we believe that there is no greater present than good health and comfort from aches and pain. These products will help you, and your loved ones, relax, release muscle tension, relieve back and neck pain, and improve overall health and wellness.

Here are our favorite gifts for relief, rest, and relaxation.

  • CoreStretch: Stretch into good health and away from stress. Elongate the back muscles, ligaments, and tendons for a deeply relaxing stretch.
  • Human Touch Perfect Chair: Give the gift of zero gravity comfort with one of our Perfect Chairs. Improving circulation, relieve back pressure, and minimizing strain on the spine are a few of the reasons to love zero gravity.
  • Kneading Back Massage Cushion: This kneading cushion provides a relaxing back massage any place and anytime. Heat delivers instant back tension relief after a long day.
  • Foot Vibration Massager: Tired feet deserve this soothing heated massager. Perfect for under your desk or at home.
  • Teeter Hang Ups Contour L5 Inversion Table: Relief is on everyone’s wish list. Inversion tables decrease pressure on the spine to relieve muscle, shoulder, and back tension. Adjustable acupressure nodes target tense muscles for ultimate relaxation.

Visit your local Relax The Back store for more gift guide ideas for you or your loved ones. Our trained specialists are there to help you find the perfect product for specific pain needs. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for tips to reduce pain and stress during the holidays.

Tips for Pain-Free Travel This Holiday Season

 

Tips for Pain-Free Travel This Holiday Season

While the holidays often mean time off of work, traveling to see friends and family when you have back and neck pain can be taxing. Sitting for long flights and car rides stiffens muscles in the back and the legs and puts stress on your spine. Lugging heavy suitcases also puts you at risk for low back injuries.

Paired with hectic holiday schedules, all of the hustle and bustle can cause unwelcome muscle pain and fatigue. Remember these tips during your travels this year to help reduce pain and stress.

  • Sit with support: Airline seats do not have the best track record when it comes to proper lumbar support. Use an inflatable back cushion, such as the Self-Inflating Back Rest, to find adequate support during your flight. A TravelLite Seat Cushion will also relieve joint pressure and increase circulation during flights or long car rides.
  • Move around: If possibly during longer flights, try to get up and walk about the cabin to stimulate blood flow. While seated, occasionally change positions to help avoid leg cramps, improve circulation, and prevent blood clots. Massage your legs and calves and try simple stretches to help loosen muscle tension.
  • Pack light: Pack two smaller bags instead of packing one large, heavy suitcase. This will make lifting bags in and out of overhead bins, off baggage carousels, and in and out of the car much easier.
  • Lift luggage in stages: Lift luggage slowly and 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. Reverse this same pattern when removing your luggage. It’s also a good idea to ask the flight attendants for help if you feel you may strain muscles lifting your luggage.
  • When lifting, never twist: Twisting is a common cause of lower back injuries. Be sure to pivot your feet so your entire body moves in the same direction instead of only twisting your back.
  • Bring A Travel Pillow: When we travel, we don’t normally have our regular pillows to sleep on. Pillows at your final destination may not be as supportive as you need or are not the perfect fit for your body type, which can lead to pain. Bring a pillow, such as the ContourSide Pillow, that comes in two travel sizes.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more tips to reduce pain and stress this holiday season. Visit to your local Relax The Back store for production solutions to relieve pain during your travels or for great gift ideas for you and your loved ones.

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Save Big And Wrap Up Relief This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season of relief and we want to help Relax The Back fans to find comfort and relaxation this holiday season. We believe everyone deserves to have a pain-free holiday. So, wrap up relief this holiday – from Thanksgiving through Black Friday and Cyber Monday (11/24-11/28). Get 15% off almost everything at Relax The Back (some exclusions apply). In addition, you’ll get free delivery on orders over $1,000.

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In addition to our Black Friday sale, Small Business Saturday is November 26th! Small Business Saturday® is a day to support the local businesses we love. From your favorite local coffee shop to the fitness boutique around the corner, our streets are full of special shops that are the heartbeat of our neighborhood. This year, we are proud to announce we are a supporter of Small Business Saturday®.

When you Shop Small with us this holiday season, you can earn big with an enrolled American Express Card. Learn more at amex.co/shopnow.  Find your local Relax The Back store to take part and Shop Small and discover more ways to join in at ShopSmall.com.

‘Tis The Season Of Relief Giveaway

'Tis The Season Of Relief Giveaway

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of relief and relaxation. At Relax The Back, we know this time of year can become stressful and hectic. We want to help you find year-round relief from pain and tension. Over the next 7 weeks, we will be sharing tips to relax and de-stress during the holidays, gift guides to help you find the perfect gift of comfort and joy for you and your loved ones, as well as a giveaway of our top products.

This year, you get to choose your own giveaway product! Each week you will have the choice between two products. To enter, simply visit our Facebook page and leave a comment on which product you would like to win on the given week’s giveaway post. A new giveaway will be revealed every week. Winners will be selected weekly, at random, prior to the new giveaway being announced. You may enter as many times as you wish.

We hope these tips and products will help you enjoy the holidays in ultimate relaxation and comfort. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more ways to stay pain-free and stress-free this holiday season.

Don’t Shop ‘Til You Drop: Holiday Tips & Gift Guide For Pain Relief

 

Don’t Shop ‘Til You Drop: Holiday Tips & Gift Guide For Pain Relief

The holiday season is officially here. While this time of year is filled with traveling, gift giving, family time, and merriment, it also brings up a lot of stress and anxiety. Did you know the average American will spend roughly 42 hours a year on holiday activities alone? That’s one standard work-week spent shopping, wrapping gifts, traveling, and attending parties.

The stress and demand of the holidays can take a toll on your body leading to back pain, muscle aches, headaches and more. We’ve put together a few helpful tips to prevent pain as well as a gift guide for stress-free shopping ideas.

  • Plan ahead: Make a list of items you wish to purchase to cut down time spent wandering crowded malls and stores. Online shopping can help you cut down on your list without dealing with holiday crowds.
  • Take breaks: Set aside time for your favorite workout class, a movie, soak in a warm bath or listen to soothing music. You’ll enjoy the holidays more if you take time to relax and de-stress.
  • Stay hydrated: Dehydrated contributes to chronic muscle spasms, fatigue, and anxiety. Set reminders on your phone to drink or track your water intake to be sure you’re drinking enough.
  • Say “no”: Often, we feel we have to say yes to all social events around this time of year. This can leave you feeling more stressed than cheerful. Instead, make plans with friends and family after the holidays wind down.

Gifts for Every Body and Every Budget:

Need more help with holiday shopping? Head to your local Relax The Back location and our trained specialists will help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones (or yourself)!

Visit us on Facebook starting November 14th to enter our ‘Tis the Season of Relief Giveaway for a chance to win products so you can find relief and relaxation this holiday season!