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Mind Over Matter When It Comes To Back Pain?

Mind Over Matter When It Comes To Back Pain?

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.

What Pain In Different Parts Of Your Back Can Mean

What Pain In Different Parts Of Your Back Can Mean

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.

Is my bag too heavy?

Is my bag too heavy?

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.

Which mattress is best for back & neck pain?

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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.

Alignment Matters

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.

Memory Foam

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.

Trial Run

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.

Physiotherapy & Positive Ageing

Physiotherapy & Positive Ageing

As we age, we experience drastic changes to everything from our bones and muscles, to energy and endurance. Physiotherapy can help us reduce the impact of these changes and keep us fighting fit for years to come.

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