When we think about pain, we tend to think of signals being sent from one part of our body to the brain, to alert it of a problem. What many people fail to realise is that this is a two-way system, and there are also signals that travel from the brain and down the spinal cord. These signals determine our levels of sensitivity, and therefore determine “how much” pain we feel. In simple English, pain is not just a result of the problem, it also comes from how sensitive we are in general.
Suffering from back pain can be a frustrating experience, as even the slightest pain can be persistent and throw our days into chaos. Almost every activity we do, whether it is working, exercising, watching TV, or even sleeping suddenly becomes a struggle to get comfortable and stay focused. How to deal with this pain depends heavily on what the cause of it is, so in this blog, we’re going to look at what different pains in parts of your back can mean.
Whether you’re carrying it for school, work, or just day-to-day errands, it can be tempting to overstuff your bag with things you think you might need, “just in case”. This might seem harmless enough, but if you are carrying these bags all day long, it can have negative effects on your health. Odds are that if you’re asking if your bag is too heavy, it probably is, but in this blog, we’re going to look at several signs that your bag might be too heavy.
Buying a new mattress is not a small purchase, so it’s one you want to make sure you get right. If you are experiencing neck and/or back pain, you might be desperate to replace yours immediately. But when you’re in a showroom, most beds will look and feel much nicer than the one you’ve had at home for years, so how do you know which one to go for?
Go for Medium
There are two main extremes you can go to when buying a new mattress: firm, or soft. Some people may be tempted by the soft mattresses, thinking that lying down on something soft will be less painful. More often, people who experience pain are more inclined to go for firmer mattress, as they believe the increased support will help alleviate their pain.
In reality, it’s generally best to go for a mattress that falls somewhere in the middle. A study in which 300 people with lower back pain were assigned new mattresses, those who were given medium-firm mattresses felt the most improvement.
Although the importance of having a firm mattress is overplayed, it is important to keep your spine aligned. A mattress that is too stiff will push against your spine, while one that is not stiff enough will fail to support it.
Your weight may also play a role in helping you decide which mattress to go for. If you are heavier than most, a mattress with a little extra cushioning will contour to your back better. If you are a particularly light person, you would be better off with a firmer, less cushioned mattress.
There are three main curves in the spine that can contribute to neck and back pain, two C shapes at the upper and lower back, and a reverse C shape in the middle. Since these curves oppose each other, finding the right support can be quite the balancing act.
Memory foam mattresses can often be the answer to this. Not only do these contour to the shape of your spine, but they also come in varying levels of firmness and cushioning.
Whatever mattress you do buy, you’re going to be sleeping on it for years to come, so you want to make sure you make the right choice. The best way to do this is with a trial run. Most major retailers will now let you buy a mattress and return it in either a month or 100 days. This will not only help you avoid making the wrong choice, but can also help you identify what you do or don’t like about the new mattress.
Everyone’s body is different, so the mattresses we like will be too. Hopefully these guidelines will help you pinpoint exactly what it is you’re looking for. If you are regularly experiencing back pain, you should see a physiotherapist and learn more about back pain, such as how it can be caused by too much time spent sitting.
If you’re a fan of the water and experiencing back pain, you may be wondering if swimming could help alleviate that pain. The truth is, swimming can be both the cause of and solution to back pain, depending on the individual. In this blog, we’re going to look at how swimming can help or hurt your back.
Back pain may not be a life-threatening condition, but it can still be extremely frustrating. Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps you can take to reduce or prevent back pain.
Although back pain is not what comes to mind when most of us think of our health, it is actually one of the most pervasive health problems in almost any society. In the United States, for example, back pain is the leading cause of disability among men aged 45 and over, as well as the second most common reason for GP visits.
Swimming is a great way to get an all-over workout and stay healthy. But as with all exercise, it can lead to injuries if it is improperly carried out. If you are an avid swimmer, it is important to be aware of these injuries, and what you can do to prevent them.
Depression and back pain may seem like two issues that are completely unrelated, but a number of studies have shown that they are in fact closely linked.
While the emotional ramifications of stress are enough to make the condition far from attractive, it can also cause some people lower-back pain.
Students today suffer from a number of health concerns developed from the hours spent pondering over notes, laptops and video games.
Everyone suffering from back pain has the exact same move- one hand behind your back, shoulders arched and a look on your face that screams pure discomfort. Why does the worst pain on the human body have to be in such an awkward place?To help you avoid this terrible affliction we've put together 4 tips from our team of expert physios that will help prevent back pain before it even begins.
In the first part of this blog, our Chartered Physiotherapist, Danielle Mah discussed the the “Yes” aspect of how using Pilates for Back Pain treatment. In this part, Danielle takes us through the “No” side of the topic. I know it has sounded like a lot of YES to pilates in the last blog instalment but what about the NO….
Have you thought about Pilates as an option for treating back pain? Our Chartered Physiotherapist Danielle Mah, discusses Pilates as a treatment option for Back Pain, one of the most commonly seen problems in our clinics. Here is Part 1 of the blog, where Danielle argues the “Yes” side of Pilates for Back pain treatment.
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