Part 1: The Best Bed For Back Pain

A comfortable bed is one of the greatest things a person with back pain can have. A good bed should be firm enough to support the body in alignment but not so firm as to apply pressure to the hips, shoulders and other points of contact.

Frames

Box springs accompanied by sparse metal frames have been the most common type of bed for some time in the US The metal frame outlines the box spring; some have extra bars to provide additional support. The box spring itself is relied upon for most of the structural support of the bed. Box springs consist of a wooden and / or metal frame which houses rows of springs. The springs allow for cushioning and movement while the frame provides structural support. Box spring mattresses are bed bases and are meant to be used with another mattress on top.

Recently, box springs have begun to fall out of favor. Over time they warp, sag and fail to provide proper support to the body. This is especially of note to people with back pain. Warped or sagging beds cause the spinal and hip joints to fall out of alignment. This can lead to joint and muscle pain as the muscles are relied upon to maintain alignment.

The West is just coming around to the type of sleeping accommodations other cultures have been using through history. There is no comprehensive research on the best type of bed for people with back pain, but plenty of anecdotal evidence exists that a firm, flat sleeping surface is advantageous. A quick internet search will reveal a number of forum posts from people whose back pain has been eliminated or reduced by sleeping on the floor, for example.

Yet the answer may be different for everyone. The floor is not an ideal bed for many. Sleeping on the floor without a mattress may apply too much pressure to your hips and shoulders and cause joint pain, for example. Placing the mattress of your choice directly on the floor may solve that problem, however, the lack of ventilation between the mattress and the floor can cause mold and mildew issues. Also, getting in and out of bed is more difficult when it is at floor level.

Platform bed frames are meant to mimic the structural benefits of sleeping on the floor but eliminate the mold and elevation concerns around it. Platform frames are very low to the ground, however. They are usually constructed of a flat wooden slab that is raised slowly from the floor. Platform frames provide a stable base for the mattress of your choice without the risk of warping or sagging.

Panel frames are similar to platform frames, but instead of one solid slab, panel beds have a number of wooden panels that fit together to form a base. These bed frames have the advantage of extra height, a footboard and a head board, but they generally require extra support in the form of a box spring or bunkie board to prevent the mattress from sagging in between panels. A bunkie board is simply a thin piece of plywood covered in fabric that provides extra support to your bed. While this eliminates the need for a box spring, it adds an extra component to your bed configuration, which means an extra cost.

Cost

Panel and platform beds have clear advantages over typical box spring frames. Platform beds have the advantage of simplicity and cost over panel beds. Platform beds are simpler in design; some have drawers built into them which raises the price, but a basic queen-size platform frame can be purchased for under $ 150. Panel designs are more ornate and tend to cost over $ 300, depending on size. Bunkie boards tend to cost at least $ 50, and the price varies by size.

If you're a do-it-yourself type, consider building your own frame or bunkie board. Instructions for building your own platform bed frame can be found at
http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-easy-low-waste-platform-bed/ . To learn how to make your own bunkie board, see http://www.ehow.com/how_5103896_make-bunkie-board.html .

When choosing between a platform and panel bed frame, consider the cost and decorative comparisons. Platform frames can be purchased inexpensively if simplicity is your goal. Panel beds are more decorative but also more expensive and require an extra component for support. Next, let's look at the best mattress options for these types of frames.

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Low Back Pain and Sciatica – We Reap What We Sow

Hi there and thanks for taking the time to read this article. It's been some time since I last posted, so I thought I would go 'back to basics' with regard to low back pain and sciatica and also my views on how it should be treated.

I will elaborate more on some of the points I make with future articles, but for now I just thought I'd give an outline on what I felt should form the foundation of any treatment used to treat low back pain and sciatica.

I believe that (nearly) always, especially with regard to non-specific low back pain, we develop low back pain and sciatica as a consequence of the stresses we place upon our lower back and sciatica nerve.

As we go about our day-to-day activities, our low back is involved in pretty much every movement we perform or posture we adopt, with each of these postures and movements placing a degree of stress across our lower back. These stresses are ones which our low back is more than capable of tolerating and therefore it will not complain at all. However, everyone of us will have individual threshold levels for these stresses, and once this threshold level is breached, pain will result.

The consequent pain that is felt is our body's way of letting us know the stresses being placed across certain structures of our low back (or sciatica nerve) are now potentially damaging it. This pain is our body asking us to remove these inappropriate stresses. The problem is if we do not listen to this message from our body or do not know how to identify and address the reasons as to why we are feeling pain, the pain is likely to stay the same (at best) or increase.

Other things, in addition to incorrect postures and movement patterns, which may be taking place and potentially compounding or complicating the low back pain and / or sciatica being felt are certain soft tissues and muscles of the lower back may be tightening up and muscles may also be weakening. Some joints of the lower back may be stiffening up as well. All of these can contribute to and exacerbate the pain we are already feeling.

So how do we go about treating it then?

The aim of any treatment should be about getting to the cause of the problem ie identifying and correcting the incorrect postures or movement patterns which have placed too much stress across the low back and sciatic nerve and therefore contributed to the pain in the first place. There will likely be a need to identify and correct any tightness and / or weakness present as well. This is because tightness and weakness also contributes significantly to low back pain and sciatica and a 'chicken and egg' scenario is often present due to the fact that incorrect postures and movement patterns can lead to tightness and weakness, and tightness and weakness can also lead to incorrect postures and movement patterns.

As far as I am concerned, it is all well and good having certain joints clicked and cracked or maybe soft tissue massage to help loosen up things (before I go any further, it is important I state here I am a huge advocate of massage as a part of treatment for low back pain and sciatica) but if we are not going to address the reasons (causes) as to why those joints or soft tissues have tightened up in the first place, they are just going to tighten up again at a later date.

I believe this is one of the reasons why I have treated many people who have been seeing their practiceer for many months (and sometimes even years) in order to 'have their spine put back into place' (or words to that effect). To me this is evidence that the undering cause is not being addressed and therefore things keep on tightening and stiffening up again. Some tightness or stiffness may well be being addressed, but the cause of the problem is not. Consequently, with the cause of the problem still being there, those same structures which are tightening and stiffening up are going to continue to do so!

This goes back to my original point and the title of this article: Low back Pain & Sciatica – we reap what we sow . If we have developed low back pain or sciatica, we have likely developed it for a reason ie we are doing something which is placing prolonged and inappropriately stresses across the low back and sciatic nerve. Therefore, the onus must absolutely be to identify and address that cause.

That is why I developed my Personalized Treatment Approach , as I believe that the majority of people suffering with low back pain and sciatica are more than capable of identifying and addressing the cause of their pain themselves, ruling out the need to see the likes of myself and other health professionals to 'have their back fixed'. If you know what to look for in order to identify the cause of your low back pain and sciatica, and then how to address this cause, nearly everyone is more than capable of treating and resolving their pain themselves.

As I mentioned above, I will be elaborating more on some of the points above with future articles, but I will also be posting new articles as well.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this article, I'll be back again with another article soon.

Paul.

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Celiac Disease Can Cause Back Pain

Celiac disease affects about 1 in 133 Americans, according to Mayo Clinic researchers. The digestive and autoimmune disease is thought to be caused by genetic factors and has a wide range of symptoms.

The immune systems of people with Celiac disease respond to the ingestion of gluten protein by attacking the lining of the small intestine. This causes inflammation that damages villa, the small hairs in the intestine that absorb nutrients into the body. Because it affects nutrient absorption, Celiac has many symptoms beyond the digestive tract.

Nutrients include vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The body uses all of these in various vital functions, including cell production, muscle activation, growth of bones and muscles and organ function. Since nutrients are the basic building blocks of our bodies, malnutrition can wreak havoc on a number of structures.

Symptoms of Celiac include:

Digestive problems, such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, fatty stools and constipation
Muscle, joint and bone pain
In children, failure to grow properly
Iron-deficiency anemia
Missed periods
Tingling in the legs
Seizures

Celiac Disease And Back Pain

If you experience chronic digestive symptoms and back pain, you should be tested for Celiac disease. Continuing to eat gluten can lead to permanent intestinal damage.

Nutrient deficiency affects muscles through the body. The lower back will likely be a site of pain, since the lower back muscles are both load-bearing and highly mobile. Electrolytes like potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium are needed for proper muscle functioning. A lack of these electrolytes causes interference in nerve communication between the brain and muscles. Contraction and relaxation cycles became disrupted. The muscles may twitch, spasm and cramp up. As the muscles get used less due to pain and miscommunication, muscle tone is lost. This process is accelerated by the fact that protein, the building blocks of muscles, is not being properly absorbed. This means that muscle wasting can not be counteracted by muscle repair.

Celiac disease can also cause osteoporosis and osteomalacia. Both disorders involve weakness of bones, but they are different in a few ways. Osteoporosis is a generally non-reversible thinning of bones caused by the body's ability to manufacture more bone tissue. Calcium and phosphate deficiencies greatly increase risk of osteoporosis. Osteomalacia is a softening of the bones caused by vitamin D deficiency and, unlike osteoporosis, can be recovered from through vitamin D supplementation. Both disorders can cause bone fracture and pain, but osteomalacia also has neuromuscular pain symptoms. Osteoporosis can cause loss of height and postural dysfunction, which can exacerbate back pain.

Treating Celiac Disease

The first step to Celiac treatment is the permanent elimination of gluten from your diet. As long as gluten is present in your digestive tract, your body will continue to damage itself. See http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gluten-free-diet/my01140/ for foods you can and can not eat.

Celiac is usually detected before intestinal damage is beyond repair. You may begin to feel better a few days into your gluten-free diet, but it can take 6 months or more for your intestines to heal. It is generally considered a good idea for people recovering from Celiac damage to supplement nutrients in order to reverse the effects of malnutrition. Supplementation should be done under the guidance of a nutritionist or physician to ensure you're getting the proper amounts of nutrients your body needs.

Back pain is one of the many possible symptoms of Celiac disease. If you suspect you have this condition, seek diagnosis and treatment early on.

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Back Pain Tips

There are a lot of us out there that suffer from back pain, more specifically, from lower back pain. There are a lot of different things that can cause pain in your back from dropped muscles to stress. There are also a lot of different back pain solutions out there. How each of them work really depends upon the source of your pain as well as your own body's response to the treatment. Let us look at some of the more popular back pain cures that are out there and there various pros and cons.

Losing your belly

That spare tire that any of us carry with us is one of the largest culprits of back pain. Losing it can take off a lot of pressure on your back muscles and exercising your core abdominal muscles can also help eliminate back strain.

Simple Lifestyle Changes

Making some simple changes can also greatly help with your back pain. For example, you might want to try a different kind of mattress or start your morning off with a series of stretches. Getting rid of that fat wallet that you are sitting on all day can also help bring about relief.

Massage Therapy

A licensed massage therapist can help massage away the tension in your muscles, stimulating blood flow and removing pain blocks. They can also help you combat the stress that may be responsible for that lingering back pain.

Chiropractor

A chiropractor may be able to make adjustments to your spine that will help eliminate back pain. While a lot of people swear by chiropractors, the main drop back is, is that you will have to continue to see them in order to keep pain free.

Anti-Inflammatory Medication

Most of us who have seen a doctor about it have most likely been prescribed some sort of anti-inflammatory medication. There are also some popular over the counter pills that you can take that can help, the most popular being ibuprofen. While these do help eliminate the pain, taking too many of these anti-inflammatory meds can cause serious liver damage.

TENS

Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation has been used since the 1970's to help people deal with pain. By applying electrical currents to your back, you can block pain signals from reaching your brain. Once, something found only in a doctor's or athletic trainer's office, portable TENS units have now been approved for sale to the general public. One of the most popular units is the Aurawave Device which has gotten great reviews.

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Understanding In Details About Sciatica Nerve Pain

When a person is suffering from pain which is cost due to compression or irritation of spinal nerve roots, he or she will be diagnosed with sciatica. Sciatica nerve pain is generally caused due to irritation caused on the left or the right or both. In addition to the pain, severe numbness, muscular weakness, tingling sensation and difficulty in controlling the lack may be felt by the patient. It is important to diagnose the same at an earlier stage to find the best remedy to cure the same. When exposed to prolonged cold weather, there is an increase in the amount of pain observed by the patient.

True meaning of the term sciatica nerve pain is always misunderstood. Although the actual term reflects to development of pain in the lower back and leg region, it completely depends on the set of symptoms as explained by the patient. It is important to understand the symptoms to find the root cause of the pain to provide accurate treatment. As the treatment changes from a particular symptom to other and also on the level of pain experienced by a patient, every single cause of the symptom should be observed carefully.

Diagnosis of sciatica nerve pain is performed through physical examination, neurological testing and taking in to account the history of the patient. Speaking of physical examination, sciatica is tested positive with the help of straight leg rising test. If the pain is developed during the transition from 30Â ° post to a 70Â ° posture, sciatica can be confirmed. The other forms through which sciatica can be confirmed are through computerized tomography or through magnetic resonance imaging. MR Neurography has helped diagnose 95% of sciatica patients. About 15% are suffering from disk related problems that is also one of the reason for the cause of sciatica.

When a person is suffering from the above-mentioned symptoms, it is time for them to carry out diagnosis to check for the presence of sciatica. Sciatica nerve pain can cause severe pain and hamper day to day regular activities. Apart from the right treatment, it is also important for the person to carry out regular exercises. Selection of exercises should be transported out depending upon the root cause for occurrence of sciatica. Treatment varies according to the level of pain that these observed. It is always advisable to keep a track record of health to sense immediately changes at any point of time.

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Exercises For Your Bulging Disc

Half of your friends, family, and co-workers are telling you to do less. If it hurts to sit, then you should sit less. If it hurts to stand or walk, then you should stand or walk less. Just do less and less, less and less often which reminds me of the old joke, “Doc, it hurts when I laugh. Stop laughing of course. Common sense, really. The other half of your friends, family, and co-workers are telling you to do more. No pain, no gain. If you do not use it, you lose it. Push through the pain and other platitudes. So, if you're at all good at math, you'll realize at once that exactly half these people are wrong, but which half?

As it so happens, both halves are right half the time which means that they're also wrong about half the time. Exercising a herniated or protruding disc is a little bit like driving faster with a flat tire. It's a bumpy ride and it tears up the tire. Does not it make more sense to pull off the road and stop? Yes, it is rather confusing considering that you've all had it hammered into you how important exercise is supposed to be. I've seen patients who have been prescribed a back brace or neck collar, and have been taken out of work, and have stopped doing all the fun things, all of which is of course designed to limit joint motion and tie muscle strain, who have also been prescribed physical therapy and home exercises. Are not these polar opposites? Is not rest the opposite of exercise?

Brushing and Flossing Will not Help
Understanding that spinal exercises in the world of physical medicine are a lot like brushing and flossing in the dental world. If you have a toothache can you buy a new tooth brush and double down on flossing to make the pain go away? No, you can not, because brushing and flossing will not help you with the underlying cavity that is causing the pain. You know this to be true so why is it that you hear so much about the importance of brushing and flossing if we all agree that it will not stop a tooth from aching? Obviously because brushing and flossing helps prevent tooth decay, it does not fix it – it helps prevent it.

Back and neck exercises will not fix a disc problem either for the same reason and if done too soon or too rigorously can actually make matters worse. So why is it that you hear so much about the importance of spinal exercises for back pain and neck pain? Because it helps prevent next time. You see, a flat tire will not ever change itself but sometimes a disc can heal itself without intervention, then exercise can help prevent a recurrence. Rest it to start by doing less and as the bulge or protrusion subsides gradually exercise more with the goal of preventing next time.

If the bulge or protrusion does not heal on its own, get help. True, like having a flat tire you could either drive anyway and cause further damage or not drive at all, but that's no way to live and just postpones the inevitable. I suppose it's also true that you could live with a toothache, but not for long enough I'm afraid. What could have been handled with a simple filling eventually requires a root canal, then crowns or bridges, and later false teeth. No one voluntarily gets false teeth just like no one voluntarily gets spinal surgery, but too soon you run out of choices.

Does not it make more sense to deal with the disc that is causing the pain and then do the necessary exercises to prevent next time? When a damaged disc simply will not heal by itself find out about spinal decompression before you run out of choices. Modern medical science finally has an answer for those who suffer with chronic neck pain or lower back pain.

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Naturally Easing Back Pain With An Ice Wrap, Heat Wrap and/or Compression Wrap

When back pain and discomfort strike, many individuals prefer an alternative to simply taking pain medication and waiting for the problem to subside. Cold and heat are both options that can provide quick relief for all types of back pain. The following are some simple facts about how you can use an ice wrap or heat wrap to maximize your body's own healing mechanisms.

When injury or strain first occurs, your best option for fast relief is an ice wrap. Treating an injury with cold is rarely a mistake, regardless of the cause of the injury. Whether you strained your back by lifting something too heavy for you or participating in too strenuous of an exercise routine, you will find that treating the sore area with cold will offer some level of relief almost instantly. Such therapy is even appropriate if you have chronic back pain from an underlying physical condition. However, it is important to use such wraps appropriately in order to achieve the best possible results.

Proper Use of Cold Therapy

Using cold therapy immediately following strain or injury will help prevent swelling and bruising from the fluid and waste buildup that typically occurs during such events. Ice wraps also help numb your nerve endings, which will provide localized pain relief. To use cold treatments properly you should begin by applying ice or gel packs to the affected area for 20 minutes. You should then remove the ice wrap for the same amount of time.

Cold therapy should be repeated as frequently as you like for the first 48 to hours, during which time it will decrease tissue temperature and prevent muscle spasms. If you are using plain ice, however, it is essential to wrap the ice in a towel or cloth in order to avoid damaging your skin. Selecting the perfect cloth for this purpose can sometimes be a challenging endeavor, and for this reason you may wish to invest in a gel pack or other type of pre-manufactured ice wrap.

Four Stages of Ice Therapy

There are essentially four stages of ice therapy. During the first stage, your back will simply feel cold, which will be followed by a prickly or burning sensation. The third stage may feel like a deep ache; however, this will only last a short amount of time, after which it will be followed by the most important stage, which is numbness. These stages typically occur throughout the aforementioned 20 minute period of time. It is usually appropriate to reapply the cold pack after 20 minutes, as this is typically how long it will take your skin temperature to return to normal.

Heat Therapy

After several days of cold treatments, you may wish to comfort the sore area of ​​your back with heat therapy. The latter will aid the flow of blood to the affected area so that it is more able to repair itself. Soothing heat will also help your injured muscles to relax and increase your range of mobility. A compression wrap is also a good option after you have participated in cold and heat therapy. Compression involves wrapping the affected area with a bandage made from some type of elastic material. The latter is designed to offer support and speed the healing process. Back pain is always unpleasant, but with the use of an ice wrap or gel packs, you can effectively minimize your pain and discomfort.

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Are You Someone That Suffers With Back Pain?

It often seems to me that back pain is one of those problems that only ever seems to be stated when people are talking about lost productivity within the workplace. If you were not already aware of the fact, then you should probably know that back complaints lead to many missed days of work.

This appears to be something that attracts media attention, with it being suggested that this is a problem that costs the economy a lot of money. It seems strange to think, within this context, that few people actually make reference to individual sufferers. Their stories are certainly more important than the wider financial implications?

If we must talk about finances, then it's certainly worth mentioning that sufferers will be losing out on income as a result of back injuries. At the very least, you may be discovering that it's incredibly inconvenient for you to carry out a normal job. Indeed, you may already have concluded that it's simply impossible to continue doing so.

Alternately, you may find that it's hard to continue doing a particular job. If you find it difficult to stay in one position for long periods, then you soon come to discover that this really limits your employment options. It's to be rented that you have an understanding employer.

One option that may be available to you will be to seek specialist help. You may already have consulted with a local doctor and there may be a sense of disappointment that your situation has not been improving. It could be a good time to think about alternative options, particularly if the pain is becoming unexpectedly hard to deal with.

I'm not suggesting that you should do anything radical. It certainly does appear to me that any form of treatment simply must involve work being carried out by a qualified professional. Within this context, there certainly must be a place for physiotherapy to have a role to play. There can be no doubt that the aim should be to produce a sustained recovery.

You may need to seek private treatment and there can be a feeling that the financial costs are too great. This is something that you will certainly have to think about, although it's worth factoring in the loss of earnings that may be associated with continuing along your current path.

But you also need to think about your health and the pain levels that you may currently be encountering. Is this a situation that you really want to continue in this manner? It probably makes more sense to seek solutions now, before things get any worse.

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3 Safety Tips for Every New Parent

As a parent, it is your duty to care for your newborn – to insure your child is safe at all times. But who is looking out for your safety – specifically, your back safety? Nearly, eighty percent of all people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, back pain causes more disability for people ages 45 and younger than any other health care problem. Caring for a newborn is difficult, but when you hurt your back during the process, it can be nearly impossible. Here are three important steps to protect your back, while caring for a newborn:

1. Pick up Children Correctly

Parents, grandparents, and daycare workers will likely agree that picking up children at some point has hurt their backs. Why? People perform it incorrectly! But do not worry, with three simple steps, you'll pick up beckoning children painlessly more times than you'll want. First, get close to the child and squat down. Then, keep your back straight, bring the child close to your body, and stand. Avoid using your back to pick up the child. If performed correctly, you've turned a neutral (straight) spine and did not use your back to pick up the child.

2. Change a Baby's Diaper Properly

Parents of newborns know too well how often a baby's diaper needs changing. Hopefully, you're not placing unnecessary stress on your back each time you perform this important task. Use a changing surface that is high enough to prevent forward bending of your low back. However, if this is not feasible, keep your back straight, or neutral, and squat to bend forward. Work at a proper height to protect your back.

3. Properly Push a Stroller

The most important thing to consider when using a stroller is the height of the handles. When you push the stroller, the handles must be at a level that will prevent poor posture. If the handles are too low, it forces your back to bend forward, rounds your shoulders forward, and causes a forward head tilt. Avoid this. Check the handle height and ensure you are not slouched while you push the object. Keep your spinal neutral (straight) through the task. The height of the handles should enable you to push the stroller with the force directed out of your low back. Think of your low back as the area between the bottom of your ribcage and the top of your hips.

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Novaform Gel Memory Foam Mattress Review – My Personal Story

After hearing that I've been suffering from back pain for 10 years, a good friend of mine told me to try a Novaform Gel Memory Foam Mattress.

There are many remedies for back pain on the web. Here are my personal thoughts and experiences with back pain remedies and which ones I found the most helpful. I tried physiotherapy, acupuncture, and it got so bad I even had to consider surgery.

My Personal Story

I have suffered from lower back pain for many years now, and I searched the web for treatments and remedies to relate my back pains. It got so bad that I was practically bed-ridden for one year. During that year I wanted to improve my state of living. Seeing that I was bed-ridden for one year I needed to find a solution that could help me. Being on a bed I looked for mattresses that could alleviate my back issues. I came across Novaform Gel Memory Foam Mattress reviews.

Only the Novaform Gel Memory Foam Mattress makes these mattresses and within that year, I lived a little more comfortably.

Novaform Gel Memory Foam Mattress Review

This mattress helped me because it released many pressure points on my back and legs when I was sleeping. Because of this I had a much more relaxed sleep without having to squirm and have a restless sleep. The one thing I did not like was that the gel layer was slightly to thin – only 2.5 “, opposed to other 3” mattresses. However, the top layer has the gel patented technology which makes up for the 0.5 “layer loss.

One thing I also liked is the hypo-allergenic material, because yes, I also suffer from allergies.

How the Novaform Gel Memory Foam Mattress bettered my state of living

Like I said in the beginning I tried many different remedies. I found that stretching and daily exercise have been key to keeping my back pain-free. Of course I have some days where it hurts but I work through it with exercise and daily stretching. How you sleep is key.

The memory foam helps because it releases many pressure points on my back and allows my back to rest during my sleep.

Conclusion

In the end, I am happy I bought this mattress because it allowed me to look forward to a better tomorrow. I also liked how it regulated my sleep temperature because my back hurts more in cold weather. It worked for me and hopefully it can work for you too!

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The Ultimate Q and A On What Is a Bulging Disc?

Back pains plague millions of individuals, from small aches to bulged disks or even slipped disks, I want to help you understand, “what is a bulging disc?” how it affects you and what you can do to help it. Learning and understanding the problem is the first step to helping your back pains.

1. Your spine is made up of muscles, bones, and nerves … It is held together by disks, connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments. All these elements combined allow us to stand. Sure, we all have to stand, sit, walk, move, and perform daily activities, yet as we do this we are applying stress to our spine, more so than we realize.

2. What is a Bulging Disc? Imagine a flat egg, it has a hard outer shell and a soft inside, this is what your disc is like, now a boiled disc happens when the outer shell gets weak or damaged, most times this takes place in the lower back, but can also happen in the middle and neck area of ​​the spine. These discs with a hard outer shell and a gel like inside are there for cushion and shock absorption.

3. The number one reason for enlarged discs is age, yep the older we get the weaker and drier the disks become, also being overweight, not lifting right and injuries, such as sports or car accidents. A bulging disc is fairly common, and in a lot circumstances it will not give you any pain what so ever. But if the bulge gets bigger and starts putting pressure on the nerves, this will inflame the nerve causing back pains such as numbness, tingling, weakness and spasms, and depending on the damaged disc the pain may travel down the arms or legs.

4. Most people can get relief from stretching, chiropractic treatment, medications and rest, if the disc would happen to herniate than you would probably have to consider open back surgery or laser surgery, sometimes they can go in and trim the herniated disc to get pressure off the nerves, in other cases they trim the disc then fuse the two vertebrae together.

5. Yoga Spine Twisting Asana, It is one of the most important exercises which make the body healthy and strong, It is a basic position which should be done by every person, if their body is capable of doing it. The yoga twist in the asana is beneficial for the adrenal glands, kidneys, liver and spleen. It is also very helpful for individuals who suffer from asthma, indigestion, constipation and weight issues.The circulation around the spinal nerves, veins and other tissues improves dramatically. It also cures the lumbago and rheumatism of the spine due to the twists of the asana. It also helps with many other parts of the body.

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Chiropractic Care Using Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a technique where the hands of a clinical professional are used to treat physical disorders and ailments. It is commonly used in chiropractic care. Chiropractic is an alternative type of medicine that utilizes non-invasive procedures and drogles form of treatment. Doctors of chiropractic care believe that the body has the power to heal its own disorder, injury, and disease.

Chiropractors in treating various physical and physiological disorders, disorders, and diseases use manual therapy. The skillful hands of the chiropractor make chiropractic treatments efficient and safe. Through studies made by researchers, chiropractic approaches have been proven effective to treat pain as well as to prevent the recurrence of body aches.

Chiropractors must first verify a diagnosis before a chiropractic program is established. Diagnosis can be obtained through laboratory tests, physical examination, and medical history of the patient. Laboratory tests include MRI or X-Ray. These procedures determine the place of misalignment and the extent of the deformity. Palpation, inspection, percussion, and auscultation are used to do a thorough physical assessment. The medical history of the patient is necessary to obtain because it may determine the cause of the deformity and misalignment.

Once a diagnosis is confirmed, a chiropractic program is formulated. Chiropractic program for a particular patient may be different from other patients. The needs of the patient must be met for the chiropractic program to be successful. This is how important the diagnosis and the chiropractic program. Chiropractors should use what they have learned in studying chiropractic course and training to diagnose and create a chiropractic program.

Chiropractors use manual therapy to manage and treat various neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions and disorders. Spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation is the term used in chiropractic to adjust the spinal column and reestablish its standard anatomical curvature and structure. Chiropractors are skilled and well trained to practice this procedure safely and effectively. Studies have shown that a great percentage of patients receiving spinal manipulation have been relieved from pain and the recurrence of pain was lessened.

Another manual therapy used in chiropractic care is massage. Massage therapy is very useful to relax the muscles, inhibit muscle spasm, and improve blood circulation, especially in injured body parts. Muscles are needed to relax to prevent spasm and stiffness. Normal blood circulation is also necessary because blood carries oxygen and important nutrients to provide the body with energy. Massage therapy is also considered helpful in disentangling twisted or knotted muscle fiber that causes pain. continuous muscle contraction may cause weakness and deterioration in muscle strength and function.

Chiropractic believes that the body has the power to heal its own disorder, disease, deformity, and ailment. However, each system in the body must be in perfect condition to perform their respective roles, actions and functions. Chiropractors use manual therapy because it produces non-complicated side effects unlike pharmaceutical drugs and surgery. Side effects of chiropractic include tenderness on the treated body part, fatigue, and mild pain, which can be resolved within 24 hours after each therapy. The purpose of chiropractic care is to promote health, restore normal body function prior to the injury or disorder, and maintenance of physical wellness of an individual.

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The Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Pain

When it comes to pain, we do not wish to live with it. This is why people try to do whatever they can to get back pain to disappear. The way that numerous people do this is that they go to see a chiropractic doctor for all the health worries that they have. There are many total health advantages to utilizing a chiropractic doctor as well.

Those that have arthritis will certainly find that they can help quite a bit with reducing the pain that is connected with that. No matter what part of the body, you will definitely discover that they can assist with this. Part of that is due to the fact that they reduce the risk of muscle spasms that you could have. This can easily take off the stiffness as well. These are merely a few advantages that you get when you seek this sort of care.

Another thing you will definitely discover is that with a chiropractor you will certainly decrease the amount of tension the body feels. There are all sorts of pain that comes from the fact that the spine is not lined up just right. When you have all this pressure on you, you then discover that you are left in a great amount of pain. This is something that you can not deal with. Therefore, you will discover that you need this care to realign the spine so that this does not hurt so much.

Other things you will definitely find to be true when you go to a chiropractic practitioner is that if you experience such pain, you will certainly discover that they can do wonders in providing rather immediate relief. This is safe when they do this as they are trained in the correct manipulations that need to do in order to bring you the relief that you are looking for. This can easily assist you significantly with getting your body to feel the way it should feel. This has been a choice that some individuals say they would go to again and again.

While some specialists are saying that you will not ever recover from the pain you are feeling, the chiropractic specialist is saying something different. They are saying that they can help you with this and that means a lot to individuals that are trying to find the pain relief that they think they will not ever overcome. These are simply a few of the advantages we have actually discovered to be true when looking at all sorts of things that doctors will try in terms of pain relief.

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Sciatic Nerve Pain Remedy And Treatment

With the changes in the way we live, compared to our fore fathers, there has been an emergence of complications that were did not exist earlier. These relatively new complications call for research in the field of medicine to cur them. Most of the researchers done, only offer curative solutions to these problems. An example of these reliably new health complications is sciatica, a condition that causes Sciatic nerve pain. This is a condition of pain and numbness of the legs originating from the spinal cord.

There are a varied forms or types of Sciatic nerve pain. The differences in pain are thought about by the differences in severity and causes of sciatica. Some of the pains are ordinary sharp, short-lived pains that disappear within seconds or a few minutes. These normal sciatic pains do not call for seeking of medical help. Severe and long-lived pains are the ones that need urgent medical attention. If a symptom lasts for abnormally wrong, it is only wise to seek for medical help, even if the pain is a common occurrence to you.

The different forms Sciatic nerve pain have different forms of treatment. Some require medications while others fade away in minutes. Due to the pain involved in all the forms, people tend to look for medical attention even with the mildest of all forms. By been mild does not mean that it is not painful; it is, the mildness comes in the duration and the severity of the condition. If the symptom last for long then it stops from being mild and becomes severe.

The best way to treat this condition without negative side effects associated with medical drugs s by exercise. Exercises develop stomach muscles. Other methods are herbal remedies. The herbal remedies include raw garlic, celery and any other sources of thiamine. Drinking a lot of water as water increases the circulation of blood in the body and sustains proper hydration of the body. Another home remedy is the application of alternate hot and cold compressions by use of treatment pads on the aching part.

There are however medical remedies for Sciatic nerve pain. These remedies are meant for all people suffering sciatica whether mild or severe. The remedies range from tablet medicines to therapy and surgery for the severest cases. If home remedies do not work for you, it is best to seek medical advice even with the mildest of all forms of sciatica.

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Know The Causes Of Neck Pain And Fight It With Chiropractic

Neck pain can make you immobile from the shoulder up. We rely on our necklaces to look around and not being able to move it because of pain and stiffness can greatly change your daily physical functioning. For you to get relief from neck problem, you need the help of a chiropractor. Chiropractors are familiar with neck cases and the first thing they do is identify the probable causes of neck problem.

Neck pain wounds and this will depend on the causes of neck pain. The pain can be mild, severe, burning, numbing, and the pain can extend all the way down to the arms. The bottom line is, a neck problem is uncomfortable and it should be treated immediately. One of the main causes is the daily stress a person experiences. Getting through daily activities and tasks takes its toll on the body. Stress causes muscle tension and it can lead to tightening and contracting of muscles. Pain is felt when muscles contract. Sitting too long, staring at the computer and sleeping in the wrong position are causes too. Moreover, your lifestyle is a huge factor too. Poor posture, weak abdominal muscles and obesity disrupts the balance in the spine and can cause the neck to bend abnormally.

Aging is another cause of neck pain because it brings about different disorders like degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis. Degenerative disc disease makes the discs dry and the disks lose its elasticity, flexibility and its ability to absorb shock. Over time, a herniated disc or bulging disc can occur. A herniated disc puts pressure on the nerve roots, which can cause neck problem. Osteoarthritis is a joint disorder when there is deterioration in the cartilage. Cartilage functions to prevent two bones from rubbing together. The body naturally forms bone spurs as an immediate reaction and these bone spurs puts pressure on the nerves causing neck pain. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of small nerve passageways, which can compress the spinal nerve roots. Spinal stenosis causes neck problem, arm pain and shoulder pain.

Injuries and accidents are common causes of neck pain too. Whiplash occurs when there is a forced movement on the neck that will cause the neck to suddenly rebound in the opposite direction. Whiplash comes from the whipping motion that the neck experiences. A natural reaction of the muscles is to contract, as this will prevent further injury to the neck. Again, when the muscle contracts, neck pain and stiffness will occur. For head injuries obtained from a car accident, there is a high possibility of experiencing neck pain too.

Chiropractic care recognizes all these causes of neck pain and develops a treatment plan suited for the patient. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation techniques to align the spine and remove any pressure on the nerve roots. The chiropractor can use the flexion-distraction technique where a pumping action is performed on the spinal discs rather than direct force. Soft tissue therapy can be used to treat muscle tension. Manual joint stretching is used to reduce neck pain symptoms. Massage therapy will help in relaxing the muscles.

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