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Facts vs Myths About Back Pain

Facts vs Myths About Back Pain

Let’s begin by learning some facts in order to separate truth from myth with regards to back pain. First of all, under one percent of acute lower back pain is the result of a serious infection or condition like cancer or a spinal injury. For those under 50, the rate is even lower. Back pain is the number one disability for those under age 45. And it runs second, after the common cold, as the top reason for visiting a healthcare provider in the United States.

“There is nothing really wrong with you.” Myth! Chronic pain sufferers report that doctors generally tell this to about 90 percent of them and it is incorrect. In reality, the majority of low back pain cases or some 90 percent generally come from an unknown cause, like an infection or a particular injury. And the duration of the pain runs generally from four to six weeks. “People don’t die from chronic back pain.” Wrong! The pain combined with depression and anxiety in long-term cases places sufferers at risk for suicide, which does happen from time to
time.

“Most back pain requires surgery.” Myth! On the contrary, under two percent of patients with back pain need surgery. However, back pain is the third top reason for surgery. “Only a small percentage of workers suffer back pain on the job.” Wrong! The top occupational hazard in the USA is back pain.

“Lie down and rest for back pain.” Au contraire. Contrary to popular believe, bed rest can hinder recovery. Health care providers recommend remaining active to decrease down time for patients.

“Men suffer back pain more than women.” Not! With regards to gender issues and back pain, it is a myth that men suffer back pain more than women. In reality, the only main difference is with secondary pain to disk disorders during middle age. However, with regards to race, low back pain is reported more frequently among Caucasians than other races including African Americans. “If a patient’s pain description lacks a regular, consistent pattern, it’s probably imagined or exaggerated.” Myth! No two people, no two cases are totally 100 percent identical. Activities, events, pain and people themselves vary from day to day and there is no 100 percent correct way to describe pain in words to fit a perfectly accurate diagnosis.

Amazing Headache Home Remedies For You

Amazing Headache Home Remedies For You

Having a headache might just be one of the most painful things that can happen to a person. When you have a really bad headache or migraine people scoff and say, what? It’s just a headache, suck it up! I cannot count how many times I have heard things like that from people. The truth of the matter is that a headache or a migraine can be crippling. They can affect your entire life, your relationships and your career.
The worst part about getting a headache or a migraine is trying to treat it. Most of the medications on the market don’t work at all and those that do are like $250 per pill, yeah, PER pill! Who can afford that kind of money, I know I can’t, no matter how bad of a migraine I get. That is where headache home remedies come in. These babies can fix you up in no time. Don’t laugh, it is totally true. Why do you think that those old wives tales have hung around for so long? Because they work!
Many headaches are due to inflammation and there are some great headache home remedies that will take care of this problem quickly and simply and most importantly for very little if any, money at all. Do you have a Willow tree in your yard? If so then you are in luck because the bark of a willow tree is one of the best headache home remedies that you will find. Simply chew on the bark and you can get rid of headache pain and even fever.
This was being used to treat migraines and headaches before Jesus was born, and it still works today! This is one of the most used headache home remedies around and it has lasted all these hundreds of years because it really will work to cure you of your headache. And the best part about using willow as your remedy or in your headache home remedies is that it is all natural. It is not a toxic chemical like many of the drugs that are on the market today. By chewing some willow bark you will be able to stay healthy, not destroy your stomach and liver and get rid of your headache or migraine all at the same time.
All willow trees will work for these headache home remedies, whether they are white, black, purple or violet. They work because they all have salicin in them and by chewing the bark you are releasing this handy dandy chemical into your bloodstream and it goes straight to work to reduce the inflammation causing your headache or migraine. This is actually what aspirin is, but this is the real deal, whereas aspirin is synthetic. S in reality when you are using willow bark in your headache home remedies you are using natural occurring aspirin, only this stuff works even better!
If you suffer from a headache often but it is not the serious or scary kind like a migraine then you may not need to take anything like willow bark for your headache home remedies. You may be able to get off with something a little more palatable like tea. Chamomile tea has been known to do wonders for people in many different situations and for many different reasons.
Chamomile is a great way to relax and many a headache is caused by stress alone. By taking some time out to relax and unwind you may be able to eliminate your headaches completely. Chamomile tea is a great way to do that. And the caffeine in many teas can also help you with your headache or migraine trouble. Did you know that many headache medicines actually have caffeine in them? They do, read the boxes the next time that you go to the supermarket.

Herbal packs

Herbal packs

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Herbal packs

Herbal packs are particularly beneficial for relaxation, in treating inflammation and for relieving congestion. These herbal packs can come in either pillows, heat packs, cold packs and pouches on the chest. Herbal packs are used for back pain, neck pain, eye strain and to give other forms of relaxation. Commercial herbal packs could cost $18 to 35 per herbal pack. Herbal packs have all kinds of filler where certain amounts of herbs are added. Fillers for herbal packs could be wheat or rice, husks of grains, buckwheat husks, cattails seeds, lavender and other herbs. Commercial herbal packs are reusable and can be reheated a number of times of times without losing their effectiveness. These herbal packs are safe to use. And the ingredients of these commercial herbal packs are entirely organic.

You can use catnip as effective herbal packs or pillows for relaxation and to relieve congestion. Just hang the plants up to dry, put them into an old pillowslip and use them as a pillow to aid sleep. You can use other herbs as pillows. Lavender, hops or chamomile are good alternatives. You can use mints herbal pillows to relieve congestion.
For relaxation, use herbal heat packs. To treat inflammation use cold packs. As heat herbal pack, place in the microwave oven for as little time as possible, usually less as a minute depending on the size of the pack. Herbs will lose their effectiveness if heated for a long time especially mints. If the smell of mint has dissipated, you don’t need to make a new pack, just dab on essential oils. The same heat herbal pack can be put in the freezer and used as a cold herbal pack and treat inflammation.

Herbal packs usually contain the following ingredients:

Base content: rice and lavender, buckwheat husks, linseed (for cold packs only), popping corn, other grains, peas or beans and cherry pits.

Herbal content: lavender which is for relaxation, catnip as sleep aid, peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus for congestion, garlic for severe congestion, yucca to treat inflammation and other herbal ingredients. Herbal packs are used to treat the following symptoms:

o General muscle fatigue
o Sciatic nerve
o Back pain
o Arthritic and rheumatic pain
o Tight, still muscles
o Sinus headaches, backaches, joint discomfort or inflammation
o Warming muscle before exercising
o Muscle spasms in neck or upper back
o Ease pain of migraines and TMJ problems

Memory Foam Mattress Pillows

Memory Foam Mattress Pillows

A study shows that most people spend a third of their lives in bed. This is because you sleep an average of 8 hours daily. But you can’t rest well if the only thing you have is a mattress because you also need to provide support for your neck which is why you should also consider buying memory foam mattress pillows.

Memory foam mattress pillows are made from the same material as the foam so it is able to fill the gap created between your head and shoulders. As a result, your body is in perfect alignment so you get to sleep comfortably at night and prevent you from having a stiff neck.

These pillows come in different models and sizes. The original model moulds to the exact contours of the neck and head. The smallest is the junior which measures 7 centimeters in length while the longest measures 11.5 centimeters.

A more advanced version of this has a forward tilting edge which gives support not only to the neck and head but also the upper vertebrae. In terms of sizes, the smallest is 2.5 centimeters bigger than the original model and only a centimeter longer.

There are also other memory foam mattress pillows around which you can use for your legs and knees. For those who don’t want to worry about getting the wrong size of pillow, they can opt for the one size fits all version. This has removable inserts giving you as many as 12 simple adjustments so you can create a pillow to suit your comfort needs.

The price of memory foam mattress pillows could go from $35 to $79. Best of all, it has the same benefits of a full foam mattress which includes absorbing heat and pressure and it molds itself around your head and neck. This means you don’t have to fluff or punch it anymore before you use it so you will sleep soundly until the morning.

It is also hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, mildew proof and dust mite resistant so you won’t have any problems if you happen to have allergies.

Some people say that the memory foam mattress pillow is the best investment they have ever made even if they didn’t have to shell out a lot of cash because they get to wake up the morning pain free without any soreness around their necks.

The memory foam mattress pillow is designed for both side and back sleeping positions. It has been recommended for use by chiropractors for people who have neck pain but is not restricted to those who don’t as it can also prevent people who suffer from occasional tension headaches, shoulder and neck discomfort.

If you have never tried using a memory foam mattress or pillow, now would be a good time so head on over to the nearest store or check what retailers have to offer online. Since looking at a brochure, listening to the sales talk or touching it will not convince you if this is better than your regular pillow.

Ask the retailer if they have a 30 day free trial you can avail of because it takes one or two nights for your body to adapt to the pillow so that you can return it if you are not satisfied with the product.

Traditional Treatments for Back Pain… Which Ones Work and Which Ones Don’t?

Traditional Treatments for Back Pain… Which Ones Work and Which Ones Don’t?

When Dorothy followed the yellow brick road, she was told to do so by those who wanted her to get where she wanted go. Well as humans when we blindly follow recommendations even by individuals who have good intentions, it may not always be your best option. So I’m preparing this article to compare and contrast what are known as traditional treatments vs. complementary or alternative treatments for back pain. Remember there is rarely only one reason for your back pain and almost never one silver bullet fix… you may need to try several approaches till you find what works for you.
So when reading this article and thinking back on your visits to medical professionals, did you have the big picture or were you just following that yellow brick road? If you have been down that road, or if you are just starting to suffer from back pain it’s never too late to seek out new and more encompassing information about your condition when trying to find a solution that works for you. Don’t say you’ve tried everything because you haven’t… your solution is out there and you just have to find it!
Orthopedic Care
One of the first places many people go when they experience back pain is the orthopedic specialist (surgeon) and a visit usually last 5-10 minutes. They will typically look at the problem/symptomatic area and often fail to look at the body as a whole. If you’ve been to an orthopedic specialist for your back pain, did they do a full body physical evaluation (takes 30 mins. or more)??? Not likely.
Here are some of the common treatments used / prescribed by orthopedic specialists:
Cortisone Shots
Cortisone is a catabolic steroid which is intended to reduce inflammation by killing off the tissue in the inflamed area… now let me ask you, does that make any sense to you at all?
Not only are these injections quite painful, but they rarely result in any pain relief and if they do it is short lived, usually 1-2 weeks if at all. Plus, it does NOTHING to identify or address the cause of the pain… it is only intended to treat the symptom. It’s for those reasons that we do not recommend them.
Anti-inflammatory Drugs
Just the name should scare you away… just like cortisone shots, anti-inflammatory medications do not identify or address the cause of your pain and for many people, they deliver little pain relief. These medications also deliver serious side effects! The main reason they are prescribed is money… and if you don’t believe me, do the research and you’ll see for yourself. The drug industry is huge and unfortunately, they have a huge influence on the whole medical community, including the doctors.
I challenge you to find a drug that will fix your back problem… you’ll be looking forever because there is no way a medication can fix a physical problem so avoid medications at all costs!
Back Surgery
Surgery for back pain is very common and more often than not, the individual still has pain afterwards (or it returns within weeks) and sometimes even new problems! Very rarely is a surgery the answer…
for example, many people have surgery for herniated discs. The logic behind the surgery is if you remove the piece/portion of the disc that is putting pressure on the nerve the problem is solved. Unfortunately, the same forces that forced that disc to protrude or bulge will likely force more of the disc out, or another disc out.
Surgery should always be the last resort… and even then I’d question it!
Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy is traditionally the next step after seeing an Orthopedic Doctor. That is if surgery is not recommended. So what should you expect? The process will start with an evaluation and here may be the start of the problem… here is why…. the doctor has to write a prescription with a diagnosis on it. You give the prescription to the PT and he or she will perform an evaluation… chances are the PT will simply confirm the diagnosis from the doctor, however the hope should be that they take the extra step to look for the root cause of your pain. They may but chances are they have several other clients in the office at the same time and simply do not have the time.
So without a comprehensive evaluation to identify the root cause of you pain they will simply treat your symptoms. We have just identified the second problem. The health care industry is required to show improvement with each and every session so the push is to reduce your symptoms to show progress in order for them to get paid. The long and short of it is that yes your pain can be reduced but the root cause rarely gets addressed, meaning that the pain and your suffering will return again and again.
So what should you do? When selecting a Physical Therapy office you may want to ask how many patients the office sees in a day and how many PTs they have on staff… then ask how many patients can a PT work with in an hour. Do not be surprised to hear that a PT can see up to three patients in an hour. That’s you and two others at the same time. Do you think you will get the attention and proper treatments you need? I doubt it.
There is a little joke in Physical Therapy when treating patients and it has to do with what course of modalities you will get. The joke is called Shake and Bake and it refers to everyone gets the same treatment protocol… that way it can be timed so that your PT can see other people simultaneously. What goes into a shake and bake treatment? It may start with a spin on a stationary bike or a trot a treadmill than you will get a 3 to 5 minute Ultrasound over the effected area followed by Electrical Stimulation to the area with a little Ice strapped to your body and to finish off your session you will get a hand out with exercises you should do at home. Certainly not a recipe for success!
Chiropractic Care
One of the most common treatments for back pain is Chiropractic Care. The approach consists of physical manipulations of bones and joints in an attempt to line things back up and it’s recommended typically 2-3 times per week.
The problem with this approach is that the same forces (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) will likely pull the bones and joints right back out of place again. Also, most (not all) chiropractors will spend 15 minutes with you if your lucky.
Ask people who see a chiropractor how long they’ve been going… I hear of people who have been going for 10-15 years and still don’t have a healthy back. Look, the fact is chiropractic care is lacking…
Unless the chiropractor combines the two approaches, it doesn’t make sense…
The ONLY way chiropractic care makes sense is if you are addressing the muscle imbalances that are pulling the bones and joints out of place to begin with and that requires strengthening and stretching exercises that are chosen specifically to correct your muscle imbalances.
Alternative Treatments for Treating and Eliminating Back Pain
Massage Therapy
Massage therapy, if done correctly can work wonders for people with back pain. This is not to say that it is the best choice and that it will work for everyone… however, most people will get great results from it if the massage therapist has a good understanding of muscle imbalances and how to work on them.
NOTE: Not all massage therapists are the same! Just like any profession, there are varying degrees of training and qualifications. When selecting a massage therapist please check to see if they are licensed and insured in the state where you will be seeing them. You should also ask the massage therapist if they have training in one of the following areas: Orthopedic massage, Medical massage, St. Johns technique and/or has a comprehensive knowledge of muscle imbalances relating to back pain. With that said the benefits are as follows. The root cause will be identified, your discomfort will be addressed and you root cause will be corrected all in an attempt to make you pain free and give you the tools you need to keep you that way. What to expect when you see a massage therapist.
All massage sessions are one on one allowing you the opportunity to converse with the therapist as well as get the attention you need to get results. You can ask questions about how you compare to other people. Feel free to ask the therapist what approach they will be taking so that you know what to expect. The massage therapist has many different techniques they can use when to dealing with you back pain and some are better than others. On the down side sometimes a therapist can get distracted with other problem areas, it is in your best interest to keep them focused on you back and associated problem areas. Like anything else you may need to try several different therapists before finding the one that works best for you and with you.
Post-rehabilitation Fitness Training
Another overlooked form of treatment that is very effective is post-rehabilitation fitness training. This includes targeted strength and flexibility work to correct / improve the individuals muscle imbalances. This service can only be performed by certified post-rehab fitness trainers and there are limitations to what they can do for you. For example, they can not diagnose a condition, prescribe any medications take x-rays, etc… however, if they are well trained they can pinpoint your muscle imbalances quickly and get you started on a fitness program that will restore balance to your body and likely eliminate your back pain.
Often times this can be combined with massage therapy and/or manual physical therapy for a total solution. If you decide to go this route, which I recommend you do, be sure to thoroughly check out the fitness trainer and ask to see their certification, insurance, references, etc.
Manual Physical (muscle) Therapy
Manual Physical Therapy is NOT the same as regular physical therapy… there are some major differences and here are just a few:
1. Manual therapy consists of hands on muscle work primarily whereas traditional physical therapy consists of heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, etc
2. Manual therapist will typically perform a much more thorough physical evaluation
3. Manual therapists will usually be able to spend more time with each patient
4. Manual therapy is more holistic in it’s approach and focuses the body as a whole unit… something lacking from nearly all traditional treatments for back pain.
So before you say, “I’ve already tried physical therapy”… did you try manual physical therapy? They are two very different treatment approaches and I highly recommend you consider manual physical therapy.
Conclusion
As you can see traditional treatments are the main stay of modern medicine… not necessarily for the patients benefit, but it’s just how the system works best for itself. The system will not change until the system is confronted with a very powerful competitive force. That force may well be complementary or alternative care from the likes of Personal Trainers, Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, Manual Physical Therapists, and the like.
So that’s what we’ve tried to do… force change. The traditional treatments that people have been receiving for decades just doesn’t work, and we have found a combination approach that not only works the best, but it’s safe, natural, and inexpensive. Check out our “Lose the Back Pain” video now… it will show you how to identify the cause of your back pain and the show you the exact combination of steps to take to eliminate it.
If you have tried other treatments with little or no relief/improvement, you owe it to yourself to try this approach… so take charge of your health and get started now working towards not only a pain free back, but a healthy and balanced body! Only you can fix your back… all you need is the right approach!
Warning: This article is not intended to be medical advice however its intent is to make you a better, smatter and more informed client. The more you know and understand about your medical condition the better off you will be when it comes time to make the hard choices. As well as communicating with medical professionals…. believe me it will make a world of difference.

Herniated Disk and Back Pain

Herniated Disk and Back Pain

The disk at the back spinal column divides the skeletal structures. Disk does not compose blood vessels or nerves like other elements of the skeletal structure. Instead, disks are made up of fat, water, and tissues that connect to the skeletal structure. During all hours of the day, the disks leak water, which is caused from forces of gravity. For instance, when we sit it is a gravity force in action, which one might think that it takes little effort to sit, but contrary to the notion, it is adding a lot of weight to the spine and disk.

The disk restores water that has leaked out during the day, yet the water is restored at slower paces. Fat and water is balanced in the disk, yet when it is not it causes a person to shrink height. Fat and water inside disks are thick, yet when a person starts aging, the substances begin to thin. When fat and water begins to thin, it can lead to osteoarthritis. Thinning water and fat of the disk is also the leading cause of back pain, especially at the lower region.

Disks exterior are covered by “Annulus Fibrosis.” Sometimes the connective tissues lead to abnormal thickening, which scars the tissue. Usually injury follows, then infection, and moves to restrained oxygen intake. Surgery is often the result. The inner area of the disk is shielded by “Nucleus Pulposis.” The pulp makes up the hub of the disk, which is polished and soft. The disks make up the primary supporting force that regulates the spinal column, bones, muscles, etc.

When the disk is not protecting the spinal structures it is often dehydrated, pressured, or deformed. The disk has strength that combines with flexibility to withstand high loads of pressure, yet when that flexibility and strength is interrupted, it can result to herniated disk slips, or other injuries.

Slipped disks in medical terms are known as HNP. (Herniated Nucleus Pulposa) As outlined the intervertebral disks are ruptured, which interrupts the nucleus pulposa. In medical terms, slipped disks can include L4, L5, which is Lumbrosacral and C5-7, which is Cervical. L4 is a single area of the spinal column and disks, which defines the numerical disk ruptured.

Slipped disks are caused from accidents, trauma, strain of the back and neck, lifting heavy objects, disk degeneration, weak ligaments, and congenital deformity of the bones. Disk degeneration is outlined in this article.

Symptoms:
Lumbrosacral will show apparent symptoms, such as acute lower back pain, which radiates to the buttocks and down to the leg. The person will feel weak, numb, or tingling that stretches to the leg and foot. Ambulation also causes pain.

If cervical disk problems are present, the patient will feel stiffness around the neck. As well, the symptoms will make the patient feel weak, numb, and he/she will feel tingling around the hands. Neck pain often generates pain, extending it to the arms and onto the hands, which cause weakness to the upper region of the body. The weakness often targets the triceps and biceps, which become atrophy. The lumbar is affected also, which the patient will find it difficult to straighten the back.

What happens when a disk is slipped and/or broken the annulus fibrosis reacts by pushing its substance into the hollow spacing between the spinal column. The spinal column is made up of nerves, which travel to various parts of the body, including the brain. These nerves are affected when the disk is slipped. Learn more about the Central Nerve System (CNS) to relate to slipped disks. First, understand how the joints and connective tissues can cause back pain.

A Workout For People Who Don’t Want To Work Out

A Workout For People Who Don’t Want To Work Out

There’s good news for people who want to watch their weight without giving up watching TV. Now there’s a new workout for couch potatoes and people who think they’re too busy to find time to stay fit.

With time at a premium, many Americans are turning to creative forms of exercise. In a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the North American Spine Society, three out of four people said they used the stairs rather than the elevator at work, 58 percent said they started parking their cars far away in parking lots and almost half reported walking while on the phone.

At the same time, however, 46 percent of people described themselves as couch potatoes–a major contributing factor to being overweight. Many adults say they have procrastinated working out in order to do other activities, such as watching television, sleeping in, doing household chores or working.

Approximately three in four adults say they would exercise more if they could fit it into their daily routines, however, and a majority of adults say they would exercise more often if they could do it at home. Among noncouch potatoes, 80 percent would like to get more exercise, but say they don’t have the time.

Meanwhile, more than 4 million Americans suffer disc problems. One out of four Americans over 30 will have recurring back pain, and one in 14 will seek medical care for back or neck pain this year, totalling almost 14 million visits per year. Back pain is the second most common reason that people visit a physician. Back and neck pain result in more lost workdays than any other condition. Due to absenteeism, medical and other related expenses, the cost of back injuries exceeds $80 billion each year in the United States. Exercise is one way to avoid back problems.

That’s why it’s important to find time to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. In addition to things such as climbing stairs and parking farther away, there are a number of fun ways to make your daily tasks opportunities to exercise:

• Feet Alphabet. This exercise can be done anywhere you are sitting, except while driving. It should not be hard to find a place. Simply write the alphabet in the air with each of your feet and ankles. You can do the letters in capitals or small letters and, for that matter, in any language you would like. Doing this two or three times on each ankle will begin to strengthen the ankle and maintain or improve motion.

• Doing the Dishes Neck Circles. This exercise is easily done while doing the always fun task of washing the dishes. As you are standing there at the sink, slowly rotate your neck in a clockwise position, trying to extend the tip of your head out as far as possible. After three or four rotations, repeat the exercise in a counter-clockwise position. Remember, these rotations should be done slowly and in a pain-free range of motion. Besides increasing the flexibility of the neck, these exercises can pass the time of doing dishes.

• Overhead Laundry Toss. Put the laundry basket directly in front of you and have the washer or dryer directly behind you. Grab a piece or two of dirty clothes, reach over your head slowly and drop the laundry into the washer. Again, start with dry clothes, then progress to wet clothes from the washer into the dryer.

• Remote Wrist Lifts. This can be done on any Sunday afternoon watching multiple football games. Simply take the remote control (use the biggest one you have from the pile of remotes) and, while sitting watching your favorite team or movie and with your arm pointing toward the TV, aim the remote at the ceiling, moving your wrist only. Hold it there for 10 seconds, then aim it at the floor, again only moving the wrist. Repeat this three to four times during every commercial. Be careful not to accidentally change the channel when doing this exercise or it may irritate people who are watching TV with you.

These are just some ideas from “The Couch Potato Workout: 101 Exercises You Can Do At Home!” by Joel M. Press, M.D., president of the North American Spine Society and medical director of the Spine and Sports Institute at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. “The Couch Potato Workout” describes numerous practical and functional exercises people can do to build strength, balance and flexibility as part of their normal daily routine.

Can Electric Adjustable Bed Relieve the Pain?

Can Electric Adjustable Bed Relieve the Pain?

Discover if Electric Adjustable Beds Actually Provide any Health Benefits or Not

Every person needs a good and restful sleep. In the end, we spend one third of our lives in bed. So wouldn’t it be wise to make sure that we get a comfortable sleep during the night?

Of course it would.

But you’d be amazed if you knew how many people are sleeping on uncomfortable beds and still do not do anything about it. They complain about various aches they have in the morning and still sleep on regular, many times old, flat beds and mattresses.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

When there are so many adjustable beds of all shapes and sizes on the market out there, it’s definitely not worth keeping your old bed and continue to worsen your health. Don’t you agree?

Sure, but here comes a question: Can electric adjustable beds actually deliver what they promise?”

We have heard many stories about adjustable beds. Many people say that electric adjustable beds have significantly reduced the back or neck-pain that they had. Some say they do not feel any swollen legs or feet anymore.

Let’s see if electric beds can actually help you.

Health Benefits of Electric Adjustable Beds

When sleeping on flat beds, your body is in tension. Our bodies are not flat, they’re curved. So when your body sleeps on flat bed, it feels discomfort, because it can’t normally adjust to the bed.

So how adjustable beds are different?

First of all, adjustable beds can be adjusted. You can increase the incline angle of electric adjustable bed right under the head. So your neck will be in more appropriate position. Second, if you pick quality mattress, like memory foam mattress, your body won’t even need to adjust to the bed. Memory foam mattress will automatically adjust to your body. So you won’t feel any discomfort and your body will lie in more natural position.

This can significantly reduce back pain, neck pain, shoulder tension, pelvic aches.

Blood Circulation and Asthma Problems

Many people complain about swollen legs and feet. When they get back from hard working day and lie in bed, the tension isn’t gone away. So in the morning they feel various aches and find it hard to get up and walk.

Electric adjustable beds might help people in this situation too.

First of all, if you slightly elevate the part of adjustable bed under legs, your blood circulation will increase. Second, if you choose memory foam mattress, you’ll also increase the circulation, because memory foam mattress reduces pressure points that you get when sleeping on regular (flat) beds.

It can increase circulation, reduce leg and feet swelling, reduce back pain and breathing difficulties for asthma patients.

Also, if you slightly incline the angle of your upper body, you make your breathing much easier. Asthma patients reported that when sleeping with their upper body part elevated, they feel less discomfort and experience easier breathing.

Conclusion

There are actually more health benefits reported that electric adjustable beds are able to provide.

If you can’t get a relaxing night’s sleep, feel discomfort in your feet or legs, have difficulties breathing, feel neck or backaches in the morning, then a quality electric adjustable bed is what you really need. These health benefits that adjustable beds provide are not myths. These are facts that many patients have reported.

If you want a really comfortable sleep, then don’t think any further than good electric adjustable bed. Don’t save your money at the expense of your health. Spend a thousand or few on a quality adjustable bed that will give you a comfortable sleep and much less discomfort than your regular flat bed.

Common Causes of Back Pain

Common Causes of Back Pain

The most common medical complaints are that of back pain. On a positive note, back pain episodes usually diminish within a few weeks if caused from muscle strain. Unfortunately, a backache can be among the most difficult and frustrating problems for patients and their doctors.

Understanding the cause of your pain is the key to proper treatment. Because back pain is sometimes difficult to treat, a better understanding of the causes of will assist patients in their recovery.

The most common causes of back pain are:

Muscle strains are the most common cause of low back pain. Patients may or may not remember the initial event that triggered their muscle spasm, but the good news is that most episodes of back pain from muscle strains fade away completely within a few weeks.

A ruptured intervertebral disc, also called a herniated disc, is another common cause of back pain.

Discogenic back pain is thought to be a common cause of low back pain. Discogenic back pain is the result of damage to the intervertabral disc, but without disc herniation. Diagnosis of discogenic back pain may require the use of a discogram.

Spinal stenosis causes back pain in the aging population. As we age, the spinal canal can become constricted, due in part to arthritis and other conditions. If the spinal canal becomes too tight, back pain can be the result.

Arthritis most commonly affects joints such as the knees and fingers. However, arthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the small joints of the spine. Arthritis of the spine can cause back pain with movement.

Spondylolisthesis causes back pain because adjacent vertebra become unstable and begins to “slip.” The most common cause of spondylolisthesis is due to degenerative changes causing loss of the normal stabilizing structures of the spinal column. If the spine becomes unstable enough, back pain can become a problem.

As stated earlier, backaches are hard to diagnose. The causes listed above are just a few of the most common reasons why people suffer with back pain. If you suffer from acute backaches, you should meet with your physician.

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It is estimated that anywhere from 70 to 85 of all adult men and women will experience some degree of back pain at some point during their life. Back pain can be caused by medical conditions, injuries, or even poor posture. This selection of tips and tricks will help you to more effectively manage your back pain.

Remove the source of your back pain. This is one of the most critical things you must do if you are suffering from back pain. Although it seems simple on the surface it may involve more than you realize. The first thing you need to do is take a look at what you are doing when you get back pain.

For people suffering from immobility caused by back pain, gently stretching surrounding muscles and even your hamstrings can be a great remedy. Your back muscles are large and spread out over most of your torso, so a hurt back can hurt your entire body. Work on stretching the surrounding muscle groups too.

Obesity has been shown to be an important factor in chronic back pain. Losing pounds and keeping weight within normal ranges can greatly reduce pain and strain on the back. Regular exercise can also help strengthen back muscles. These are the top recommendations by doctors to obese patients suffering from back pain.

Wear proper footwear to lower your chances of getting back problems. Having shoes that do not fit well, or are hard to walk in can change your posture, and cause back aches. Many women feel pain after wearing high heels, and that’s because they are not good for your back. If you have to wear them, buy insoles, and try not to keep them on for hours on end.

Utilize sources of heat for comfort against back pain. In most cases, back pain is caused by some sort of inflammation and applying heat will reduce this inflammation, offering more comfort against the pain. This is a very safe and effective method of relieving pack pain and is very cost efficient as well.

Stop when your back hurts. People who suffer with chronic back pain sometimes try to work through the pain or to keep going when their back hurts. This can make your back pain worse and increase any damage you’ve already done. Always take the opportunity to rest for a while so that you don’t hurt your back further.

Remain as active as possible during a bout of back pain, as it has been shown that activity is more helpful to recovery than lying in bed. Try to carry out normal activities, within reason, as studies have shown that this leads to a more rapid recovery than bed rest or back-specific exercise.

Whether you are suffering from back pain caused by a sports injury, on-the-job accident, or preexisting medical condition, follow the advice from this article to keep your pain levels in check. Hopefully, you will gain insight into your treatment options and alternatives for achieving long-term relief from your pain and suffering.