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3 Methods for Employees to Prevent Back Pain

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016

3 Methods for Employees to Prevent Back Pain

The undeniable truth about building one’s career is that in order to take it to the next level, it is often necessary to work over time and take on an extra work load. Truly, the race to being promoted is getting more competitive than ever. Nonetheless, the obvious equation that exists is that the more time one works in the office, the more time is spent in a sedentary position – which can be harmful to ones back.

This can be testified by a number of employees undergoing the most common pain of all the working class – back pain.

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Back pain and career drive has been strongly tied together because many in-office jobs require their employees to sit down in their desks most of the time to focus on the work at hand. For this reason, employees should be aware of the things that might just save them from the aftershock of their daily grind. Here are three tips on how back pain can be relieved for those desk-bound employees.

Don’t Forget to Stretch

Sitting all day in a desk makes the bones settle and become less immobile. Not moving creates stress, which could possibly lead to injury, as it can affect the way the body provides oxygen to the rest of the body. All of these can be combated by doing one simple exercise – stretching.

The wonders of stretching in a regular exercise program are strongly emphasized by many sports scientists, as it prepares the body for rigorous activities and assists with blood flow. However, doing it in the office has its own benefits too.

The usual stretching exercises at work can save anyone from extreme back pain later. This is because stretching can help improve flexibility. Better flexibility may then improve one’s performance in their regular physical activities and decrease the risk of injuries by helping the joints move through their full range of motion. It also enables one’s muscles to work more effectively. Furthermore, back and hip stretches allows for the spine to relax, making it more flexible, and negating the accumulated stress that can induce pain.

Practice Good Posture

The number one factor that induces chronic pain is a person’s posture. Posture dictates how a person’s body positions itself upright while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture is one of the most important game changers in lessening the chances of back pain.

good-posture-in-front-of-computer

Technically speaking, good posture involves the training of a person’s body to sit, stand, walk and lie down in the best upright position. Its range of benefit is totally dependent on how a person regularly trains his or her body to keep that healthy stance.

Posture can be practiced in the simplest of things like picking up things on the floor or sitting on a backless stool. Training the body to independently sustain a good posture can help decrease the rate of having back pain. Furthermore, the spine becomes more relaxed and does not undergo various stresses from unbalanced or torqued posture.

Exercise and Diet

Above everything else, it is important to engage in regular exercise and sustain a healthy diet. These two constant factors for overall health should be a habit for many employees mainly because it dictates how his or her body will react to the stresses that come from getting and keeping their supposed dream job.

Regular jogging is one of the simplest ways to beat back pain. This is because jogging is an all-around exercise that puts the muscles and bones into motion. In turn, it boosts the body’s endurance and strength.

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On the other hand, a proper eating regimen to beat back pain includes calcium-rich food, paired together with a lot of vegetables to avoid inflammation. Also, avoiding processed food, fast food and saturated fat can help in preventing inflammation which these foods fuel.

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Why You Should Start Doing Back Exercises

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016

Here’s the thing: you don’t need to be an aspiring bodybuilder or an athlete before you think about lifting weights or doing back exercises. Because no matter what your profession is, back pains will start to develop once you stop taking care of yourself.

A man in the gym flexing his back muscles.

Whether you’re a gym regular or someone who has just started training, a trainer or therapist will almost always advise you to do lower back exercises. Perhaps they want to add in a routine training for injury prevention and better overall body strength.

Even if you don’t realize it, your body particularly needs back exercises just like how plants need fertilizers or dogs need dog probiotics: you can potentially survive without it, but your life would be so much better with it.

So what’s the big deal with back exercises? Why do we need to do them in the first place?

The Natural Benefits of Back Exercises

Back exercises provide spinal support.

The body’s muscle groups located at the lower back includes stabilizers that act as support for muscles around the spinal cord and consequently, the spinal cord itself. Some of these muscles make up the part of the core muscles that takes a lot of benefit from consistent toning and strengthening. The body’s core muscles are so important as they are the direct connection of the lower body to the upper body. As such, it provides a vital role in maintaining balance and aligning the body’s center of gravity during various physical activities.

In the grand scheme of things, the core carries the body and distributes the pressure brought about by gravity or other outside force acted on it. By carrying the body and distributing the stress all over it, the core is able to support the body’s internal infrastructure. This includes a huge part of the spinal cord, the abdominal organs, and many other important parts.

Muscular anatomy, the core.

This is how vital taking care of the core is. Many kinds of lower back exercises like leg curls and back hyperextensions actively work out the lower back muscle groups, which means that the core muscles can function more easily because they are stronger.

Back exercises facilitate proper balance among muscle groups.

If you’re not a bodybuilder, you are usually not appropriately using your muscles. Sometimes, you might find muscle pains that you have no memory of stressing. No matter who you are or what you do, you ought to take care of your back muscles as they are the muscles that takes care of all your other muscles.

Say you’re lifting a box full of your old stuff. The act of lifting any object definitely takes a toll on your back muscles as time progresses. Think of it as a sum of many stressful actions that eventually makes your body ache – especially your back muscles.

This is the reason why bodybuilding is always good for the body, especially when you train properly. In handling heavy weights, the back muscles are also trained in order to provide balance with the chest muscles. In a more general sense, there’s also the “strong limbs/weak core” scenario, or someone who trains up the pecs and arms without training the back and abdomen.

In this case, you may suffer some area-specific injuries or conditions simply because the surrounding muscle groups are not prepared to deal with the additional bulk or pressure on another. It’s always a good idea to pay attention to the balance between your lower back and other core muscles in relation to the primary muscle groups in the chest and arms while you are engaged in an intensive weight training program.

Back Exercises Without Weights

Surely, lifting weights maybe too much for beginners. Luckily, Dailyburn.com gave a few good back exercises that do not require weightlifting:

  1. Reverse Snow Angels
  • Position yourself face down on the ground with arms at your sides and palms facing down.
  • Peel your shoulders and hands a few inches off the ground by pinching your scapula together and engaging your lats and rhomboids in your mid-back.

A floor exercise to train the whole back.

  • Keeping your head facing down, in a slow, controlled motion, bring your arms up past your shoulders and up to your ears until your thumbs meet directly above your head.
  • Then, bring your arms back to the starting position. The key here is keeping the arms straight and elbows locked through the entire movement to engage your lats and shoulders.
  • Repeat for 3 sets of 5 reps, with 30-60 seconds of rest between sets.
  1. Dolphin Kick
  • Position yourself face down on a bench so that the crease of your hip is at the end of the bench.
  • Your feet should be resting on the ground with your hands firmly engaged on the underside of the bench for support.
  • Straighten out your legs while raising them all the while engaging your abdominals, glutes, hips and spinal erectors in your low back. Your toes should be pointed away from your body and above your head at the top of the movement.

Lower back exercise.

  • Hold this static position for 5 seconds by firmly engaging every muscle in your body, before dropping the feet slightly below the bench and contracting again for 4 additional reps.
  • Repeat for 3 sets of 5 reps, with 30-60 seconds of rest between sets.
  1. Superman
  • Lie face down with your chin on the ground and eyes at a neutral gaze.
  • Your ankles should be touching with toes pointed under you.
  • Reach your arms straight out above your shoulders so your palms are resting flat on the floor.
  • Engage your back, glutes and shoulders to pull yourself a few inches off the ground.

Core/back exercise on the floor.

  • Your arms and legs should remain fully contracted so that your hands and feet are elevated to the same relative height at the top of the static hold position. Hold this position while fully engaging your body and“fly” like Superman.
  • Repeat for 3 reps with a 15-30 second static hold, and 30-60 seconds rest between sets.
  1. Hip Hinge
  • Stand up straight with your hands on your hips. Your feet should be slightly wider than your hips and firmly planted on the ground.
  • Start the movement by engaging your core, pushing your ribs down and pulling your shoulders slightly back with a neutral neck position.
  • Bend forward at the waist in a slow and controlled manner while keeping your shoulders in line with your hips.
  • Keep your back, glutes and hamstrings engaged throughout the exercise. Bend forward until you are parallel, or just above parallel to the floor, before bringing yourself back up to the starting position.

Straight back while bending.

  • Note: A common error to this exercise is rounding the back, resulting in a loss of the neutral spine position. Form is crucial to this exercise and should be replicated perfectly on each rep to avoid injury and get the most out of the exercise.
  • Repeat for 3 sets of 10-15 reps, with a 30-60 second rest between sets.
  1. Nose and Toes Against the Wall
  • Start in a push-up position with your feet against the wall.
  • Next, walk your feet up the wall while keeping your core tight, hips flexed and spine neutral.
  • Place your palms firmly on the ground just outside shoulder width as you begin to inch your hands towards the wall.
  • The top of the position will be reached when just your nose and toes touch the wall with firm hand placement on the floor and rigid core for a “hollow body” position.

Wall pushup demonstration.

  • Upon completion, safely come down by walking your hands away from the wall and bringing your feet down in a controlled manner.
  • Repeat for 3 reps with a 15-30 second static hold, and 30-60 seconds rest between sets.
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3 Habits To Help You Say Goodbye To Back Pain

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016

3 Habits To Help You Say Goodbye To Back Pain

Whatever you do or whoever you are, you can’t escape back pain. Perhaps you’re wondering why your lower back always aches when you’re in the office. Perhaps you’re a student, and you wonder how come you’re extremely light book bag still brings you a lot of annoying back pains.

The thing with back pain is that it is occasionally brought about by the way you sit, stand, and walk. The way you lift slightly heavy stuff, such as backpacks or even chairs, can take a toll to your lower back as time goes by. You may not notice it, but you always put your back at risk due to improper body posture and coordination.

A young woman with back pain.

Also, back pains can practically affect anyone – even those who are constantly working out at the gym. You can be a serious body builder but you might not be taking care of your back when doing deadlifts. For those who have developed a good physique due to the nature of work, you can still be affected. You can be a really buffed-up operator for an excavator rental, but a wrong posture on the driver seat can cause serious back problems over time.

Since back pains are a result of accumulated unhealthy motions, the solution is easily the converse: develop healthy habits, and you can avoid back pains.

Here are three basic tips and correct habits (which are often taken for granted) that you can build up so that you say goodbye to back pains:

Correct Your Posture

Poor posture is always unhealthy for your body. Poor sitting posture places pressure on your back and can cause degenerated discs which become more and more painful over time.

What are Degenerated Discs?

Degenerated discs are regressed parts of the spine that cause slight to terrible back pains. Degenerated discs tend to develop due to poor posture.

An infographic of ergonomics.

According to ClevelandClinic.org, posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. They claim that good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities.

The proper way to sit:

  • Sit up with your back straight and your shoulders back. Your buttocks should touch the back of your chair.
  • All three normal back curves should be present while sitting. A small, rolled-up towel or a lumbar roll can be used to help you maintain the normal curves in your back.
  • Here’s how to find a good sitting position when you’re not using a back support or lumbar roll:
    • Sit at the end of your chair and slouch completely.
    • Draw yourself up and accentuate the curve of your back as far as possible. Hold for a few seconds.
    • Release the position slightly (about 10 degrees). This is a good sitting posture.
    • Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips.
    • Bend your knees at a right angle. Keep your knees even with or slightly higher than your hips (use a foot rest or stool if necessary). Your legs should not be crossed.
    • Keep your feet flat on the floor.
  • Try to avoid sitting in the same position for more than 30 minutes.
  • At work, adjust your chair height and work station so you can sit up close to your work and tilt it up at you. Rest your elbows and arms on your chair or desk, keeping your shoulders relaxed.
  • When sitting in a chair that rolls and pivots, don’t twist at the waist while sitting. Instead, turn your whole body.
  • When standing up from the sitting position, move to the front of the seat of your chair. Stand up by straightening your legs. Avoid bending forward at your waist. Immediately stretch your back by doing 10 standing backbends.

A graphic of how to sit properly.

In addition, you can support the natural curve in your lower spine by using an ergonomic chair and set a timer on your phone to remind yourself to check your posture as your work throughout the day. It also helps a lot when you get up and walk around at least once an hour, especially when the nature of your work is sitting in front of a computer for many hours.

Strengthen Your Core

Your core is a complex series of muscles, extending far beyond your abs, including everything besides your arms and legs. It is incorporated in almost every movement of the human body. You can visualize this as the major region of your abdominal area and part of your lower back.

The core is a vital part of your body, since it stabilizes your overall balance and makes your upper and lower body well-coordinated and intact. As a result, it receives a lot of stress than what a normal person usually notices.

Core muscles.

After a long period of sitting down, or lifting light objects, or plainly going through your day, core muscles will eventually be in a lot of stress. In its weakness comes pain, especially lower back pain. This is why training and building strength around your core is important no matter what your job is.

Strong core muscles are important to provide support for the lower back and avoid injury. Low-impact cardiovascular exercise—like walking—increases blood flow to the spine, which supplies healing nutrients, and keeps the muscles in your lower back hydrated.

You can try some basic aerobic exercises such as walking, jogging, running, or stationary bicycling. Don’t take simple walking for granted: in general, walking as an exercise is very gentle on the back, and walking two to three miles three times per week is very helpful to keep your core active.

Walking also has the advantage of not requiring special equipment (except a good pair of shoes), and it can be done inside or outside, in almost any location, including at home on a treadmill. After a while, you can start improving your exercise by transitioning into jogging, then something more complex like sprinting, running, or high-intensity interval running.

A family running on a path in the sun.

If there’s not enough room around you to walk, you can always go to the gym and try stationary bicycling. Stationary bicycling is also beneficial to other parts of the body especially the legs: it develops the quadriceps faster than just running, and it is less-stressful to the knees.

You don’t need to go big right off the bat; if you’re not a naturally physically active person, you can always start by walking around the park, doing some enjoyable stuff like jumping ropes, or simply walk up and down your stairs while gradually increasing the activity’s intensity.

Lift Things Correctly

Even if you’re young and strong, you can still injure your lower back if you lift a heavy object incorrectly. Even when you don’t lift heavy objects often, the way you lift lighter objects can still affect your lower back.

3 habits to help you say goodbye to back pain.

According to WebMD, every time you lift something of considerable weight, keep a wide base of support. Here are few good habits when lifting an object:

  • When the object you’re lifting is relatively heavy for yourself, your feet should be shoulder-width apart, with one foot slightly ahead of the other. Squat down, bending at the hips and knees only. If needed, put one knee to the floor and your other knee in front of you, bent at a right angle (half kneeling).
  • Keep good posture. Look straight ahead, and keep your back straight, your chest out, and your shoulders back. This helps keep your upper back straight while having a slight arch in your lower back.
  • Slowly lift by straightening your hips and knees (not your back). Keep your back straight, and don’t twist as you lift.
  • Hold the load as close to your body as possible, at the level of your belly button.
  • Use your feet to change direction, taking small steps.
  • Lead with your hips as you change direction. Keep your shoulders in line with your hips as you move.
  • Set down your load carefully, squatting with the knees and hips only.

Finally, here is what you should keep in mind: make this proper lifting posture a routine, and it will eventually become your second nature when lifting objects. This way, you are constantly taking care of your back, and back pains won’t be a nagging problem as time goes by.

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The 3 Commandments of Back Pain Relief

Posted by on May 18, 2016

The 3 Commandments of Back Pain Relief

Of all the pains the body has to deal with, back pain takes the top spot as one of the most excruciating and most aggravating torture to endure. With good reason, especially that it can put a huge burden on a person’s daily activities including the most mundane ones, like walking or getting up from bed.

Back pain is also one of the most common body pains throughout the world. This is due to the fact that a person’s back handles a great deal of stress during movement and keeping the frame of the body upright. Medically speaking, a person’s backbone functions as a column to support the body’s weight. There are curves existing in the backbone that assist the body to withstand great amounts of stress by evening the distribution of the body’s weight.

In the same light, back pain is almost a certainty for anyone living in this current generation where the hustle and bustle is also a certainty. Students and employees. Young and old. Everyone knows just how troublesome it is to have such discomfort – from sitting in front of a computer for hours during work, to merely keeping the back straight when reading. This is the reason why it is paramount that each person knows how to address such an inevitable struggle, as well as the important steps to take to prevent it from happening.

Come one, come all. Here are the commandments of back pain relief.

correct posture

 

Fix Your Posture

The number one factor that induces chronic pain is a person’s poor posture. Posture dictates how a person’s body positions itself upright while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is one of the most important game changers in lessening the chance of acquiring back pain. However, people usually talk about good posture, but they usually don’t really know what it really is.

What Is Good Posture?

Technically speaking, good posture involves the training of a person’s body to sit, stand, walk, and lie down in the best upright position. The wonders of relief it can bring are totally dependent on the regularity and actual stature of a person’s body in maintaining a healthy position, as well as to not revert to an unhealthy, slouchy posture, which is a very common and likely thing to happen.

It is important for a person to also train mentally and be conscious of his or her body’s form. This will help prevent going back to the old ways. Awareness can greatly contribute to improving one’s posture.

Keeping that in mind, it greatly helps with cause to avoid lifting heavy things which may affect the back’s form. For example, students who bring bags filled with millions of books are actually putting more strain in their backs and do not help with the cause. If only they can pack all their stuff in storage facilities in Perth from Perth Metro Storage there should be no problem.

Simply put, a less stressed back means a less stressed person.

Seek Therapy 

Various types of therapy are in play today because of the wonders it can bring to the body, specifically in aiding back pain. Keep in mind that what is important before anything is done is a proper consultation with a specialist on which therapy can provide the most relief based on a person’s back situation.

The common home remedy to tend to back pain is applying ice or heat to the pained area. Heating pads and cold packs can provide comfort to the region especially if an injury has occurred. According to doctors, for acute pain or a new inflamed injury, use cold therapy.

Ice is the most common anesthesia. The cold narrows blood vessels and slows down blood flow in the body, thus reducing fluid build-up in the affected area. Ice generally helps control inflammation and swelling.

On the other hand, thermotherapy, or the use of heat is more likely to be beneficial for chronic pain because heat relaxes the overworked muscles by soothing them, stimulating blood flow, and relaxing spasms. Muscles actually develop soreness due to a chemical called lactic acid. Lactic acid accrues at the time a muscle (or group of muscles) are deprived of oxygen, which happens when people do daily activities or lift weights. When there is reduced blood flow to an impaired area, the lactic acid gets trapped, producing a build-up which generates muscle ache. Heat therapy stimulates the blood flow and hastens the taking away of lactic acid from muscles.

Unconventional therapies, on the other hand, may include nerve stimulation, aquatic therapy, and even biofeedback. Nerve stimulation or spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a therapy that uses electricity to block the pain in the back. This is an unconventional, yet very effective way to reduce a person’s intake of pain medication.

back pain relief

Aquatic therapy, also referred to as water therapy, is a result of the same unconventional thinking aiming for the same relief. Since water is buoyant and causes a significant amount of hydrostatic pressure, the body can achieve an improved blood flow as well as improved balance and strength, all of which are integral for posture.

For an even more eccentric feel, a therapy called biofeedback is done to control back pain, or any pain in the body. Biofeedback involves teaching patients to control their minds to control the pain in the body.

Exercise, and Eat Well

One of the underestimated methods in relieving back pain is having a good diet paired with regular exercise. This is actually one of the more significant factors which can affect back health.

So why is a healthy diet and proper exercise that important?

What most people with chronic back pain do is avoid exercise because it might hurt during the process. It is important that people should know which activity is the best for the back pain treatment, and there are various ways to go about exercising. There are exercises which should not be done by people suffering from chronic back pain, but an activity like simple walking and back stretching is something that should be practiced regularly. The vital thing to remember though is moderation of these activities.

swimming exercise

With the same significance as having exercise, it is imperative to eat the right food and have the right diet. The importance of having a healthy diet affects back health, and can be seen in the overall effects of the body. There is a clear and simple logic following back pain: more stress equals more pain, but more weight equals more stress. Basically, more weight equates to more pain.

food cirlce

A proper eating regimen to beat back pain includes calcium-rich food, paired with a lot of vegetables and a lot of water to avoid and decrease inflammation. On the other hand, avoiding processed food, fast food, and saturated fats can also help in preventing inflammation which these foods are known to fuel.

Back pain makes all regular activities troublesome because of the fact that it can trigger subtle to extreme discomfort. Steps in handling this pain should be understood and practiced. Having good posture, consulting a doctor for a therapy that best suits the pain, and living a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise are just a few of the ways to manage back pain.

Truly, a healthy back is just what everyone needs.

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7 Ways to Reduce Your Back Pain – Follow the Rainbow

Posted by on May 6, 2016

I know what you’re thinking – it’s a pretty odd way to go about explaining back pain – but bear with me here.

The world is as colorful as you see it, and everyone sees the world in a different light. From a mighty red sunburst to a subtle sweet blue flower spread –  you are in control of the way you see the world. It’s just a matter of finding the right tone from the rainbow colors to your senses.

But things can quickly turn gray when pain strikes you.

back pain strikes

One of the most relentless ailments you can have is back pain. Reports of back pain have been increasing throughout the past few years due to a variety of different factors. Incidents usually occur due to sudden strenuous activity, poor diet, and lack of sleep. Practically all causes of back pain are lifestyle related.

This means that it can be treated by making some basic changes to your lifestyle!

So here’s where the rainbow fits in – seeing the different aspects of your life as different colors of the rainbow is a great way to decide on how to make necessary lifestyle choices. When you do, you may find that it’s not a pot of gold you find at the end of a rainbow, but instead, the relief you were looking for the whole time.

Red – Always Maintain Good Posture

Red is the color of passion. The seemingly burning hue brings you feelings of warmth, strength, and determination. Red is known for making us want to take action once the color meets our eyes.

red

Just like any raging bull, you can see and feel the drive that red brings with every waving crimson tone placed in front of you. This desire to lead and to be in control can engulf your senses and ensure that everyone around you knows your fiery being is there.

Whenever you see the color red, remember that you are in charge of how you carry yourself, and let it be a reminder that best way to present yourself to the world is by having a good posture. Back straightened. Neck stretched. Shoulders back and squared. Similar to members of the animal kingdom, making yourself “big” by having good posture can bring out the best in you. Not to mention release the pain you’re experiencing! 

When sitting down, make sure you’re in the most comfortable position possible. If you are the office, get the best ergonomic chair for your back. If you are on the road, use lumbar supports. And if you’re not too keen on your car seat looking like a strange medical device, just find a way to cover it using seat covers from somewhere like Shear Comfort or even by sticking on a cool window sticker!

Orange – Stretch Those Muscles, Get a Massage, and Connect

Orange is the color of connectivity. The hot, bright hue can stimulate your mind. You might feel the need to reach out and connect to anyone and everyone as a result of its warm tone.

orange

Seeing the color orange brings out the desire to set loose the wild things that have been sitting in your mind and body. Every now and then, you might want to begin networking with anyone who’s wiling to listen. Being in tune with yourself while building mental connections sets up room for growth for you in all aspects of your life.

As any good health enthusiasts would be happy to tell you, it is imperative for everyone to have some form of exercise on a regular basis. This is to make sure that the body is always warmed up, stretched, and ready to face any other physical challenges. Doing so can prevent muscle strain. This allows your back to withstand pressure, and will help lessen your back pain overall.

You can go for regular runs only if you stretch first. Do yoga. Lift weights. Any exercise can greatly contribute to your holistic comfort. When that’s done, find time to relax and stretch your muscles. Go the spa and let expert hands soothe your tired muscles.

Yellow – Strengthen, Nourish and Revitalize Your Body

Yellow is the color of energy. Bright lights and invigorating tones influence how you see things in life. You could feel more alive and more cheerful with every dash of yellow in your surroundings.

yellow

Imagine a field of yellow flowers sprinkled with warm rays from the sun. It can liven up your world and create a sense of abundance. You would then feel more prepared to take any step towards your next goal in life.

Equip your body to take on any form of pains, it is important to make sure you are taking in enough nutrients for your body to repair itself. Body pains (like in your back!) could signal needing a boost on a cellular level. Make sure you have enough calcium and vitamin D for stronger bones and speedy healing.

There are a lot of ways to get all the necessary vitamins and minerals to help provide relief from back pain. Healthy alternative specialty stores are starting to infiltrate the market (yay!). Taking in appropriate food supplements is also a good way to go. Eating foods rich in necessary nutrients and minerals is even better. Moringa, barley, and wheat grass are some of your best options to help you in the battle against back pain.

Green – Relax, Be Calm and Rest Well

Green is the color of calmness. Think of the time when you were at your most serene. Wind softly blowing against your face. Soothing chirps of birds. Warm streaks of sun rays. You can just feel new life sprouting from all around you.

Your back needs ample rest to allow better recuperation of any damaged cells. There is no better way for your body to get its rest time than by sleeping in the right place at the right time and in the right way.
green

When you sleep, find the most comfortable position for your back. It could be lying flat on your back, on your side, or any other way. What’s important is giving the best position for your back to stay in for the rest of your sleep. Also, according to experts, you can try putting a small pillow under or between your knees while sleeping. This allows the spine to follow its natural form — giving you more comfort.

Blue – Dress for Success, Lessen Your Workload and Take Charge

Blue is the color of professionalism. The majority of banks, consultancy firms, and other financial institutions use this hue more than any other color. It gives the impression of success. The softer, cooler hue triggers a calming effect and a more active essence at the same time.

blue

In some more subtle cases, the color blue can signify love. It creates a calming tone, relating to the joyous sensation of being in love.

Professionals tend to do more with less time. They want to maximize the time that was given to them to work with. If gone about in a healthy way, this mindset can be completely fine. However, when it burdens the body so much, it’s time to let go.

Physically, avoid carrying too much of a load on the back. If necessary, you can try adjusting and switching the location of the load on your back to lessen any strain that could trigger worsening of the body pain.

Mentally, the stress of the mind can cause an increase in back pain. Learn to mentally unwind and the body will follow what you tell it to do.

Indigo – Know Yourself and Fight the Thing That Harms You

Indigo is the color of meditation. The deep shade of indigo creates a sense of mystery to the royal tone of indigo. The cool color sets up a moment for personal devotion and clarity. These two elements help create a guiding voice during times of quiet reflection.

indigo

Tap into your inner self. Dig deep, on a spiritual level, and listen. Realize what needs to be done to your body. If you are looking for the root cause of your pain, you just need to listen to what your body is telling you. Through meditative activities, you may be able to sense what is causing the hurts you’re experiencing. Not just physically, but on other levels of you as well.

There is a direct connection of smoking to back pain. The unhealthy habit of puffing up causes constriction of the blood vessels. This limits the flow of blood to areas where it is needed.

Stopping cold turkey does not necessarily mean the pain would immediately subside. The more toxicity your body has, the more the build-up is deep-seated. Hence, a long standing pain begins. Deciding to stop the habit of smoking can only help.

Violet – Find Oneness With the Universe Through Exercise and Yoga

Violet is the color of self-actualization. There is more to life than just completing one task after another. Maslow claims instead that the hierarchy of needs open one level of self-actualization after the other.

violet

Knowing one’s self allows the true meaning of life to come in one step at a time – although not all can see that. However, what you can see during your personal recollections can later be visualized as a way for the universe to speak to you.

Yoga is one of the best physical routines for back pain sufferers. It offers a lot of targeted stretching that is best to release tension in the body. During the poses in yoga, the mental calmness is also induced. It can help lower the stress notes on the body, and ultimately help ease your physical pains.

The rainbow is a unique phenomenon. It tells you how beautiful the world can be. This time, it can now be a great tool that can help you feel better. It’s simply a matter of choice to see the beauty in your pain.

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Understanding Degenerative Joint Disease

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015

Degenerative joint disease causes a breakdown in the cartilage, which means that bones are more likely to rub against one another. What’s more, a loss of cartilage makes it much more uncomfortable to move around, as your bones are experiencing more of the shocks that would have otherwise been absorbed by cartilage. The end result can produce the most common symptoms of degenerative joint disease, including the following:
  - Pain - Discomfort in the joint - Swelling of the joints - Joint stiffness - Loss of motion - A crunching sensation in the joints (bones rubbing against each other) - Decreased quality of life   Surprisingly, research has shown that degenerative joint disease doesn’t have to be considered a “normal” part of the aging process. The following risk factors are more likely to increase your odds of suffering from degenerative joint disease: - Genetics, or family history - Lack of exercise - Being overweight - History of joint injuries If you carry any of the risk factors for degenerative joint disease, you don’t have to suffer or rely on over-the-counter medication to ease the pain. Posture Pump® is a doctor-trusted online retailer that specializes in neck and back pain products. Posture Pump® products are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate the spine, which can help ease the symptoms of degenerative joint disease.
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Degenerative joint disease (otherwise known as osteoarthritis) has long been considered a normal part of the aging process.  After all, over 20 million Americans suffer from degenerative joint disease pain – but that doesn’t mean that you have to accept the pain that comes hand-in-hand with osteoarthritis. This joint disease impacts the cartilage within the spine, joints, and anywhere else where bone joints meet. The cartilage is comprised of a springy soft tissue that’s designed to absorb everyday impact, much like the shocks on a car. Cartilage also helps the bones effortlessly slide against each other, which minimizes any discomfort or pain. Degenerative joint disease causes a breakdown in the cartilage, which means that bones are more likely to rub against one another.  What’s more, a loss of cartilage makes it much more uncomfortable to move around, as your bones are experiencing more of the shocks that would have otherwise been absorbed by cartilage. The end result can produce the most common symptoms of degenerative joint disease, including the following: - Pain - Discomfort in the joint - Swelling of the joints - Joint stiffness - Loss of motion - A crunching sensation in the joints (bones rubbing against each other) - Decreased quality of life Surprisingly, research has shown that degenerative joint disease doesn’t have to be considered a “normal” part of the aging process.  The following risk factors are more likely to increase your odds of suffering from degenerative joint disease: - Genetics, or family history - Lack of exercise - Being overweight - History of joint injuries If you carry any of the risk factors for degenerative joint disease, you don’t have to suffer or rely on over-the-counter medication to ease the pain.  Posture Pump® is a doctor-trusted online retailer that specializes in neck and back pain products.  Posture Pump® products are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate the spine, which can help ease the symptoms of degenerative joint disease. Posture Pump® products can help sufferers increase their quality of life, as well as improve joint pain and discomfort.  What’s more, Posture Pump® products can help relieve pain associated with degenerative joint disease, including neck and head pain. Check out our products today to see which are recommended by doctors to treat and ease pain associated with degenerative joint disease.
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