While our neck, back, and shoulders get most of the attention when it comes to relaxation and relief, our hips, knees, and feet are just as important. From your head to your toes, every muscle in your body deserves attention and proper support.
With these targeted solutions, you can achieve total body wellness to feel your best during your daily activities and enjoy your life free of discomfort.
Neck pain has become more common as many people lead a sedentary lifestyle. Build strength in your neck to help ease tension.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises focused on the neck muscles can be extremely helpful in preventing discomfort and pain.
- Deep kneading Therapeutic Massagers loosens muscles and reduces aches.
- Stay hydrated. The discs in your spine require water in order to both maintain proper alignment and take pressure off the spine, thus reducing neck pain.
- With a memory foam interior, the Neck Sofa keeps you properly aligned for lasting support.
Full range of motion through your arms and shoulders allows you to feel your best every day. Alleviate shoulder stress, stiffness, and soreness to improve your overall well-being.
- Lighten up those heavy bags. Carrying a heavy purse or bag can put stress on your shoulders and surrounding muscles. If you have to carry a lot with you, consider a two-strap backpack.
- Quality pillows provide relief to the shoulders, head, and neck for comfort all night long. Try the TEMPUR Contour Side-to-Side pillow for a deeper, more restful sleep.
- Before heading out, be sure to engage in some light exercise and stretching which helps to warm up your shoulder muscles for increased circulation.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work or going to the doctors. Relieving existing back pain and reducing recurring flare ups can lead to an improved quality of life.
- Back cushions offer proper ergonomic support and comfort for long working days or your daily commute.
- Take a warm bath to release tense back muscles. This will also help you unwind and relax before bed.
- Find back tension relief and relaxation anytime with a Kneading Back Massage Cushion.
- Improve balance, strength, and overall flexibility with foam rollers.
Hips & Knees
Proper spine support starts with the hips and knees. Whether sitting or sleeping, relieve pressure for ease of movement and mobility.
- Align your hips and spine for sound sleep free from pain with the ContourSleep Posture Cushion.
- Strengthen your knee muscles and increase flexibility with simple cardio exercises, such as walking, stationary cycling, and swimming.
- Reduce workday strain, align your body, and improve leg circulation with a rocking footrest.
It’s important to give your feet a break. Increase circulation to reduce foot pain and relieve pressure with motion, massage, and support.
- Exercise your feet periodically throughout the day. When standing for long periods of time, try occasionally walking in place and stretching your feet whenever they feel tense or cramped.
- Rejuvenating rollers and kneading air from foot massagers can provide tension relief.
- Make sure you wear shoes with thicker soles, which benefit and shield the feet from rugged surfaces and pavements. Also, wear insoles to prevent discomfort and fatigue.
- Add cooling relief to reduce sore muscles with the freezable Foot Pro Massager.
From everyday wellness to targeted pain relief, at Relax The Back you’ll find solutions specifically designed to improve your life from head to toe. Visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with our trained specialists to see product solutions that will help you live your best life.
Take a moment to notice your current posture. Are you slouching or hunching over your keyboard? While at work, you may not realize you’re slipping into these poor postures. Creating a health, comfortable workspace doesn’t stop with ergonomic office products. Your posture also plays a role in your overall health.
Poor posture can lead to a number of health concerns including chronic neck and back pain, headaches, and muscle fatigue. Proper posture allows our bodies to be aligned in a neutral position, which is the body’s most natural position. Working towards maintaining this posture throughout the workday can help reduce strains and stress on your tendons, muscles, and spine.
Spot the signs of poor posture and ways you can work on it in the helpful infographic below. If you’re looking to create an ergonomic, spine-friendly workspace, visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists and receive an in-person workstation assessment. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more ergonomic tips and pain-relief solutions.
When you look back on 2014, was part or most of the year spent dealing with aches and pains? Other than the common cold, back pain sends more people to the doctor than any other condition. Living with less pain can be an attainable goal. Add these resolutions for a pain-free year to your list and vow to have a healthier year while managing your pain.
- Make sleep a priority: Over time, lack of sleep can lead to serious health risks. Invest in a supportive pillow and mattress to help your body take full advantage of restorative sleep. Create a sleep environment that promotes comfort and relaxation to ensure the best night of sleep possible. Adequate, quality sleep helps improve mood and personal performance, cardiovascular health, and recovery time from injuries, to name a few positive effects.
- Be active: There are numerous exercises that can protect the spine in different ways. Maintaining a regular workout routine can help prevent future injuries while also helping you feel more productive and energized throughout the day. Focusing on exercises that strengthen the abdominal muscles will support and protect your spine. Cardio exercises will aid in losing weight that can drag down muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the lower back. Follow these tips to stay active throughout the day.
- Create a spine-healthy, ergonomic workspace: 33% of work-related injuries are caused by poor work station setup. Sitting for long periods of time takes a toll on our bodies. Back, neck, and shoulder pain can be avoided with a proper ergonomic workspace. Resolve to end these aches and pains by creating a space that allows for maximum flexibility, comfort, movement, and productivity.
- Stay hydrated: Water is vital when it comes to the spine. Over time, our spinal discs can shrink if they do not get enough water. This results in an increased likelihood of ruptures or bulges due to less “padding”. Staying hydrated will also help with concentration, digestion, and injury prevention.Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces throughout the day. For example, if you weigh 130 lbs. aim to drink at least 65 oz. per day.
- Stress less: From anxiety, depression, physical pain, and chest pain, stress can present itself in many different ways. These tips to relax and de-stress can help reduce the negative effects stress has on the body and mind and improve your overall quality of life.
At Relax The Back, we know the importance of living life free of aches, pains, and daily discomforts. Many of us live a sedentary lifestyle working 9-to-5 jobs, commuting daily, and spending time in front of the television or computer when at home. We are seeing little to no physical activity in our everyday life.
The decisions we make, from morning to night, have a lasting affect on our overall health and wellness. Over the next three months, we will be providing around the clock product solutions and tips for a pain-free and productive day. These tips and solutions will help you sleep better, maintain a healthy workspace, keep you moving throughout the day, and relaxing more at night. When it comes to relieving daily discomforts and improving home, office, and sleep comfort, we’ve got your back
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For many, sitting at a desk for work is unavoidable. A desk that is appropriately adjusted in addition to being well designed is an important part of an ergonomic workstation. A well-made desk should provide proper clearance for your legs, minimize awkward exertions and postures, and allow for proper placement of computer accessories.
A desk that isn’t properly set up or well designed can cause shoulder, back, and neck pain, which can lead to discomfort and performance inefficiencies. Generalized fatigue and contact stress are also a result of a poorly designed desk and the inability to change working positions.
Follow this ergonomic guide to avoid unnecessary strain and pain:
- Frequently used devices (phones, keyboards, and mouse) should be within comfortable reaching distance.
- Work surface depth should allow the monitor to be viewed at a distance of at least 20 inches.
- If necessary, remove center drawers or insert stable risers under table legs to create clearance for your thighs and legs.
- Use a height-adjustable desk, such as a Standing Desk, to have the ability to change working positions from sitting to standing throughout the day.
- Standing up from your desk every hour for 2 – 3 minutes can help reverse the negative effects of sitting all day.
For more information on Ergonomic workstations and solutions, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit your local Relax The Back store to receive a custom adjustment of the proper Ergonomic workstation.