Sleeping on a new mattress that offers sufficient and effective support, will certainly provide you with a restful night' sleep. More importantly - it will also significantly reduce and help avoid those long-term aches and pains, which was most likely caused by oversleeping your old mattress. Here is what happens: A very old sleeping surface loses it density or support over time resulting in insufficient spinal alignment when you sleep. As your spine, necks and hips contort to accommodate for this it causes spasms and aches and pains that keep you awake. Not only does it keep you awake, it also makes it difficult for your body to go into deep sleep, or REM, as it is called. This phase of sleep is crucial for muscle recovery, memory retention, mental alertness, your immune system and your mood.
The health benefits offered by a new mattress can be attributed to the genius of modern mattress technology and design. The mattresses made today are designed to promote sleep and overall health. Making mattresses with much less "solid surface/ filling" - this means that incorporating air pockets, memory foam, latex etc., rather than sponge and springs - makes this possible. The science behind it is that helps in avoiding and/or halting the occurrence of possible stress points (caused by tossing and turning during the evening). Along with the latter benefit - new mattress designs are also aimed at improving the overall support it offers your body whilst you are sleeping. This, in turn, can significantly reduce, or even eliminate, any stiffness or discomfort in your joints and ensures that your spine is always aligned and not undress pressure.
Besides getting a good night's sleep, every night, a new mattress offers more benefits that are particularly evident during the day. Proper sleep - thanks to not struggling to get and stay comfortable during the night - can lead to a healthy and joyful day. Another benefit of getting a good night's rest includes supporting your immune system, which aids in fending off colds and flu.
With the ever-increasing use of smart cell phones there has been a corresponding increase of users having neck and upper back pain, headaches and upper extremity discomfort. This article will explain why cellular phone usage can be deleterious to one's health. It will also give information to counteract harmful musculoskeletal health effects.
An interesting research study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, June 2017 noted that researchers investigating changes in posture and muscle activation among 18 participants while interacting with their electronic device. The results revealed that smart phone use induced a more flexed posture in the neck and trunk compared with desktop computer use. The researchers also found that participants began to experience neck and back pain if they used their smart phone for longer than 15 minutes. The findings suggest that healthcare providers should consider the influences of smart phone use in posture and muscle activity in the evaluation, intervention, and prevention of neck and trunk conditions.
It has been noted that the human head weighs about as much as a bowling ball which is 10 to 14 pound range. If the head is directly over our upper body its weight is tolerated well and does cause discomfort to the neck and upper back. However, if the head is in a flexed, forward position for extended periods of time causes the muscles of the back of the neck and upper back contract and stresses in the spinal joints. Over time this causes irritation to the structures. This can result in neck and upper back pain, tension headaches and pain of the upper extremities radiates from the nerves of the neck and upper back.
As of the research study noted earlier there is less of a forward head posture/flexed neck and trunk when using a desktop computer compared to cell phone usage. Thus, if a person has access to a desktop computer would be wise to use it versus using a smart phone.
If one has to use a cell phone for an extended period of time it is wise to use the 20-20-20 rule. This simply means that after 20 minutes of smart cell phone use a person should stand straight up for 20 seconds and look 20 feet away. This will break the cycle of prolonged poor posture. Of course, straightening up more frequently for longer periods of time would certainly be even better.
If a person has ongoing neck pain, upper back discomfort, radiating pain into the upper extremities and/or is having tension headaches the condition may have gotten to the point where professional care is indicated. In this case a wise decision would be to consult with a doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractors are specialists who are trained to diagnose what is causing serious musculoskeletal problems and have the ability to render safe, effective treatment that does not involve surgery or harmful pain medications like opioids.
It is best to take proactive steps when using cellular phones to avoid musculoskeletal discomfort. However if accumulated stress has caused significant acute or chronic discomfort it is best to seek professional chiropractic help.
Text neck. Poor circulation. Fatigue. Arthritis. Depression and moodiness. Headaches. Tension across the tops of the shoulders. What do all these have in common? During my 33 years in chiropractic practice, they are all conditions and symptoms that patients tell me they have acquired from long periods of required sitting at jobs, school, and hobbies. There is a whole science called ergonomics which has evolved and addresses the problems and concerns that arise from the increased amount of sitting that we are exposed to. This article will discuss how prolonged sitting affects us and what we can do to mitigate the deleterious effects we suffer when we sit too long.
Historically, human beings have not had the opportunity or ability to sit around much. Until around 5000 years ago most human populations were nomadic. They walked to productive hunting areas to obtain food. Or they walked to productive grazing areas necessary for the cattle they raised. They didn't get much of a chance to sit in one place for very long.
About 5000 years ago human beings acquired the technology of farming. The Egyptians are credited with the first large-scale farming operations. While this did not require a nomadic lifestyle it also did not allow these folks to become couch potatoes. Anyone involved with farming knows it involves a lot of manual labor. Even during the more recent industrial age our predecessors were involved in very physical manual jobs.
So, when we think about it, mankind has only started sitting for long periods in the last 50 to 75 years. Before that, through all of human history, we were creatures of movement. Our bodies are evolved to walk extensively, stand fully erect, exercise large muscle groups by having to carry and lift objects necessary for our survival.
However, now with preschool, elementary school, high school, college and sedentary occupations, to say nothing of our use of computer and handheld technology devices, many of us sit more than proceeding generations could ever imagine.
It's no wonder that we suffer from maladies listed earlier in this article. Our great grandparents and great, great grandparents would probably be amazed that we go to health clubs and exercise classes in order to exert ourselves and work our muscles. Most likely they only wanted to come home from work and rest.
Yet, it looks like we are going to be creatures of a sedentary lifestyle for many generations to come. So, it will be necessary for us to take measures to counteract harmful physical effects of our relatively inactive style of living.
One area to be aware of is the ergonomic condition of our environment at work and home. It is important to have a proper chair, desk, and computer station. There is no silver bullet or one-size-fits-all recommendation for an ergonomically perfect situation. We are all different sizes and shapes. There are many different types of chairs we can use. Trial and error may be the best we can hope for in finding a good chair. Additionally, don't ignore seat cushions and padding which can make a mediocre chair into one that is ergonomically sound. Likewise, our desks and computer stations can almost certainly be improved by a little attention. Anything we can do to sit erectly, have our wrists and hands in a comfortable neutral position, have our lower backs supported in a stress-free posture and have our legs and feet in a properly supported way should be pursued.
It is certainly recommended that we also consider a workstation that allows us to stand. A quick Internet search for a variable or upright desk will yield many choices for this technology. Most of these are inexpensive and easy to install. In my practice I have suggested this for many of my patients in recent years. Those who have been able to follow my advice have been very positive and pleasantly satisfied with the improvements ergonomically achieved.
Of course, the old standby of getting up and taking a walk is probably the best antidote to prolong sitting. Whether it's a walk to the water cooler or a stroll at lunch time or a relaxed brisk walk after work, nothing beats walking to counteract harmful effects of a long day of sitting.
Take time to evaluate and assess your workstation and determine how you can physically, initiate appropriate movement and exercise into your everyday lifestyle. In the short and long-term these measures can make a huge difference in our health and mental behavior.
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