The spine is like a car or the walls of our house, a vital piece of support equipment that we take for granted until something goes wrong with it, but when it fails, it can often take a lot more than a call to a mechanic to get it fixed up. Here is a handy list of common problems and easy solutions to keep you in vertebral bliss.
This is the big one, so common that many people just consider it part of life. It can be easy to let bad posture get out of control, especially if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer at work and you might not notice any pain until there are serious problems.
Luckily, bad posture can be relatively easy to correct by making a few small changes. Consider replacing your normal office chair with an ergonomically designed one and raise the level of your computer screen so that it is equal with your eyes and you don’t have to look down. A well-designed mattress, made of latex or dense foam, that supports your lower back can also make a huge improvement to your everyday posture.
A lot of people don’t realise this but the way you sleep can have a massive effect on causing or reducing back pain. Sleeping on your front places a lot of pressure on your disks, ligaments and muscles, if you absolutely must sleep this way then consider placing a small pillow under your hips to reduce some of this pressure.
Much better to sleep on your side or back as this keeps your spine elongated and neutral. An old mattress can also be a significant factor in contributing to back pain; if yours is old or lumpy then you should definitely consider an upgrade.
As above, a quality mattress can be an important first step in ensuring the long-term health of your spine. If you are considering a new mattress, invest in a mattress that is designed to support your back, such as the Mod Matress with its Xtra Middle firmer coils that actively support your lower back and ensure natural core alignment while you sleep.
We all know that keeping active is important for your health but it is essential if you want to keep your back in good shape. Regular exercise that focuses on building up the abdominal and core muscles around your lower back will help protect you from problems caused by sudden slips, trips or unexpected lifts, which are some of the most common causes of back related accidents.
What some people also don’t realise is that if you do have a back injury, it is important to do some light exercise, such as a walk or a swim, when you feel up to it. Too much rest can increase the recovery time because the injured area doesn’t have a chance to return to strength.
Our minds and bodies are inexplicably linked. We might not like to accept it but emotional stress can be just as bad for our bodies as the physical kind.
One of the easiest ways to make sure you give yourself the best chance of looking after your mind and body is to get enough sleep. It’s quite amazing how simple and true this is but how few of us actually manage to do it. Sure we lead busy lives but if we are too tired to be fully present then what is the point?
If you are feeling overly tired all the time, then you might want to reconsider your schedule to increase the number of hours sleep you get per night. And what better incentive to get you sleeping more than a brand new, luxuriously comfortable, powerfully supportive mattress!
A lack of sleep is linked with several other health conditions, so it really does make sense to get enough sleep each night. In an ideal world, we would not need to set an alarm clock – we should all wake up refreshed after getting enough sleep.