There can’t be anyone who hasn’t suffered from some backache at some time in their life. Back pain comes in all shapes and sizes, from the mild twinge which passes in a few seconds, to the chronic, debilitating pain caused by a damaged disk or vertebra. A back injury can turn a healthy, fit person into a bedridden lump of jelly in the course of a few hours.
Medically, back pain is usually associated with injury to or a structural fault of the spine. It is subdivided as far as possible according to its physical or neurological cause; disk prolapse, spondylitis, osteoarthritis, arthritis, and scoliosis are all terms which describe different structural problems affecting the back – a good medical dictionary or encyclopedia will tell you more about them. A problem with the back can, in turn, cause sciatica or neuralgia, in which pressure on a nerve is experienced as pain in the leg or arm.
Many people suffer back pain which is not sufficiently severe to warrant medical investigation, and which is not related to any visible injury to the back. It is called non-specific back pain, and up to 40% of the population are affected during any year.
Why You Have Back and Lower Back Pain
Why are backs so troublesome?
Aside from the rare inherited abnormalities or damages were done by accident injury, the fault lies with human anatomy and posture and habits that aggravate the weakness of both. The spine through a masterpiece of structural engineering has weak spots and standing improperly puts the stress in the wrong place. The wrong place usually turns out to be the lower back or more specifically the lumbosacral area, where the spinal “S” terminates in five fused vertebrae. This standing and sitting also put enormous stress on the lumbar region. By improper sitting, the soft, shock-absorbing discs between the vertebrae are compressed, and the muscles weakened. Sedentary lifestyles and poor working habits can also contribute to chronic back pain.
What can I do about my back pain?
A huge amount of back pain is caused by poor posture and lack of movement when sitting, mainly when working at a computer screen. Make sure that you have a good office chair to sit on, with lumbar support; sit well back on the chair so that you back is straight; get up and move around every 20 minutes or so to improve your circulation.
Back pain relief
Back pain relief is vital to your health and wellness. Anatomically correct support is seldom achieved on most mattresses, especially when sleeping on your side, you encounter two significant problems, as explained below.
The first problem is the weight of your upper torso on your shoulder; even if you sleep on a water bed, when you stop sinking, the pressure of your upper body will be on your shoulder. Secondly, your shoulder itself, as it does not allow your neck and spine to be in a straight natural posture.
Using Memory foam mattresses solves both problems. This mattress enables your spine and neck to be held in a straight, natural posture from head to hip.
Memory foam mattresses offer benefits to everyone. Here are 5 of the most common benefits that can be found with a memory foam mattress.
Long lasting mattress. Memory foam mattresses do not wear out easily compared to the life of a traditional mattress. They are made of more massive and denser material.
No pressure points. Memory foam mattresses reduce and eliminate pressure points because they conform to the shape of your body. Another reason that memory foam mattresses diminish pressure points is that they do not contain springs in them like traditional mattresses, which can poke through after only months of buying the mattress new. Memory foam mattresses are made of a sandwich configuration. The base gives a firm but gentle support. The top layer is a temperature sensitive pressure relieving material that molds to your shape, providing unrivaled support and comfort. This visco-elastic memory foam can distribute pressure and body weight evenly, reducing the pressure points.
Fewer problems with morning soreness. Are you tired of waking up with a stiff neck or sore back? A memory foam mattress can help to eliminate this problem since it conforms to the shape of your body instead of making you conform to the shape of the mattress.
Less tossing and turning while you sleep. Since your body’s natural sleeping position determines the shape of a memory foam mattress, it keeps you comfortable all night long. Also, if your partner does turn over in the middle of the night on a memory foam mattress, it is less likely to wake you up since the movement is confined to their side of the bed.
Better quality of sleep. Plain and simply put, memory foam mattresses help you sleep better. Regardless of the type of traditional mattress, someone prefers (soft or firm), most people find a memory foam mattress that suits their sleeping needs perfectly.