Common Neck Pain Myths Debunked

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Neck Pain MythsWhether a dull ache or a sharp stab, many of us will experience some form of neck pain sooner or later. Solutions for relieving pain aren’t always the most straightforward, with some people finding relief quickly and others dealing with nagging pain for longer periods of time. Below we debunk some of the more common neck pain and treatment myths.

 

 

Myth: The best way to deal with neck pain is with rest

Truth: While short periods of rest can help ease acute pain of the neck or back, doctors generally do not advise more than one to two days of bed rest. On the contrary, general inactivity and rest can cause more pain and allow for an unhealthy cycle of pain/inactivity/more pain/more inactivity to occur. Physicians recommend for most conditions a long-term rehabilitation program consisting of physical therapy and exercise.

Myth: Pain is inevitable so I should just tough it out

Truth: Chronic neck and back pain (pain lasting more than 2-3 months) is very debilitating and can interfere with one’s ability to complete daily activities. If this is the case, treatment for pain must be sought out right away. Allowing the pain to worsen and go untreated can impede the healing and rehabilitation process by interfering with exercise. There is also a risk of increased psychological distress such as depression, stress, and sleeplessness.

Myth: The spine is easily injured due to sensitive nerves

Truth: Muscles, tendons, and ligaments that surround the spine provide a great deal of support, flexibility and strength. Smoking, lack of sleep or nutrition, and other generally unhealthy factors along with poor posture and body mechanics (ex. Improper lifting techniques) can harm the spine. Proper conditioning such as stretching, aerobic exercises, and strengthening are required in keeping the spine healthy and injury-free. Proper ergonomics and neck supports, such as Dr. Riter’s Real-EaSE Neck Support, can help keep neck pain at bay.

Myth: The pain must all be in my head since the doctor found nothing wrong

Truth: Regardless of a physician finding the anatomical cause of pain, pain is always real. It is especially important to proactively seek treatment for pain if one is suffering for more than 2-3 months. It is important to look at all options, , including nonsurgical treatment options, when searching for ways to help alleviate pain.

Back Pain during Pregnancy

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Experiencing back pain during pregnancy is not uncommon for most women; between 50% and 80% experience some form of pain. Hormonal changes affect the joints and relax the ligaments in your pelvis, your center of gravity changes, and weight gains associated with a growing baby adds stress to your spine and lower back.

From proper posture to staying as active as possible to heat therapy, consider the following ways to help relieve your back pain:

  • Stay as active as possible with regular stretching and exercise routines
  • Practice proper posture at all times when standing and sitting
  • When sleeping, use a pillow, like the Dreamweaver By Snoozerpedic Body Pillow, to put support where you need it most
  • Wear comfortable shoes – avoid high heels
  • Use a lumbar support cushion while seated
  • Only with your doctor’s consent, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Heat therapy to ease muscle tension, spasms, and pain
  • Cold therapy to reduce inflammation

It is important to note that before you begin any type of back pain treatment or exercise, you should speak with your doctor. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more pain relief solutions. Or visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists.

6 Resolutions for a Pain-Free New Year

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If last year was spent dealing with pains, aches, and discomforts, vow to make this year a healthier, pain-free year with these 6 resolutions.

  • Resolve to listen to your body: No one knows your body or your discomforts more than you do. Be sure to listen to your body when it is giving you signs – take a break, change your eating or exercises habits, or make adjustments to your workspace or schedule.
  • Resolve to be active: Maintaining a regular workout routine will not only help you feel more energized and productive throughout the day, it will also help prevent future injuries. There are different exercises that can be done to help different parts of the back and spine. While cardio aids in losing weight that would otherwise drag down tendons, muscles, and ligaments in the lower back, a strong core will help support and protect the spine.
  • Resolve to make quality sleep a priority: Make sure you have a proper mattress and pillow to allow for a comfortable night’s rest as well as adequate support of the muscles and ligaments that support the spine. The positive effects of quality sleep include tissue repair and healing, reduced recovery time for injuries and improvements in mood and personal performance, to name a few.
  • Resolve to evaluate your workspace: For desk job workers, back, neck, and shoulder pain may be caused by a poor ergonomic workstation. Resolve to put an end to these aches and pains by setting up your workstation accordingly. Follow this visual guide to office ergonomics to maximize comfort, movement, and productivity.
  • Resolve to stretch: There are many benefits of daily stretching. This allows for flexibility in spinal muscles, helping ensure good posture and proper/normal alignment. Increased range of motion and flexibility help to prevent injuries from occurring. Stretching also relieves muscle tension, reduces fatigue and increases blood flow.
  • Resolve to drink more water: Staying hydrated not only helps with digestion and concentration but it is also very important for muscle recovery, spinal health and injury prevention. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces throughout the day. For example, if you weigh 130 lbs. aim to drink at least 65 oz. per day.

‘Gifts That Relieve and Restore’ Giveaway Recap

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This holiday season, Relax The Back wanted to give our community gifts that keep on giving. Over a two and a half week period, we presented seven gifts that relieve tension and pain. Seven lucky winners have been chosen to receive these gifts of comfort that are sure to bring relief and relaxation.

Congratulations to the following Relax The Back community members:

Thank you to all who participated. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday; free from pain and stress!

Prevent Pain During The Holidays

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While the holiday season brings time off of work, it can also bring about aches and pains due to overexertion. All of the hustle and bustle can contribute to unwelcome muscle fatigue and pain. Here are some simple tips to help you prevent pain during the holidays, so you can truly enjoy your time with friends and family:

  • Exercise: Don’t forgo your workout routine for the holidays. Take advantage of your time off to try a new exercise program or put in some extra time at the gym. Frequently performing gentle exercises like these low back exercises or foam roller exercises can also help keep muscles loose and prevent pain from happening.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated: If you’re attending holiday parties, know your nutritional needs and eat in moderation. Protein, fruits and vegetables provide nutrients for effective healing of soft tissue and muscles. Whereas excessive sugar can turn into fat, which hinders the healing process. Also be sure to always stay hydrated. Chronic muscle spasms and inflammation can be triggered by dehydration.
  • Adequate Sleep: Even when it seems like you have a never ending “to-do” list, making sure you get enough sleep should be a priority. Insufficient sleep can cause aches and pains to worsen over time.
  • Stress less: The holiday rush often times leads to feelings of stress and anxiety. Follow these tips to help reduce stress so you can relax and enjoy the holiday season.

‘Gifts That Relieve and Restore’ Facebook Giveaway

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In the spirit of giving this holiday season, Relax The Back would like to give back to our community with our “Gifts That Relieve and Restore” Facebook Giveaway. Over the next 2 weeks, we will be giving away products to help you enjoy the holidays, and beyond, in comfort and relaxation.

To enter, simply click on the product below and Like or Comment on the Facebook post to be entered to win that day’s prize. A new giveaway prize will be revealed on the dates below. You may enter to win as many products as you would like.

Winners will be chosen on December 18th.

Open for Entry: December 2

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Open for Entry:  December 13

Open for Entry: December 16

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for holiday promotions and tips to stay stress and pain free during this season.

15% Off Everything + Save on Tempur-Pedic

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Relax The Back knows giving thanks comes in many forms and we want to help our fans and clients rest easy this holiday season. We believe everyone deserves to have a relaxing holiday, free from back and neck pain. Enjoy your holidays in comfort this year – from Black Friday through Cyber Monday (11/29 – 12/2), get 15% off of hundreds of items (some exclusions apply), plus free shipping on orders over $1,000.

In addition to our 15% off Black Friday sale, we are also offering savings up to $300 off of our most popular Tempur-Pedic mattresses plus 60 month financing. Also, receive a free matching foundation with Tempur-Pedic Mattress set purchase OR a free gift (while supplies last).

Visit your local Relax The Back store for Thanksgiving weekend and Black Friday deals. If you don’t happen to live near one of our locations, don’t miss out on Cyber Monday at RelaxTheBack.com and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more promotions.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Holiday Gift Guide

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Wondering what to get your loved ones this holiday season? We truly believe nothing brings joy like the gift of comfort.  Relax The Back’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide brings you the best gifts that are sure to relax, relieve pain and discomforts, restore muscles, and bring comfort to all members of the family.

Here are our top ten Ahh-inspiring gifts to help you shop for loved ones this season:

Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

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Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays are officially upon us – baking, shopping and entertaining. While these are cheerful activities, they can also cause more stress than normal.  Stress cannot only ruin your holidays, but it can also cause an increase in aches and pains and be harmful to your health.

We have put together a few tips to help reduce stress before it begins so you can enjoy the holidays:

 

 

    • Make a shopping list: Wandering around aimlessly can cause your feet and back to hurt. Create an itemized list to help get you in and out of stores quickly. Also, don’t hesitate to ask staff for a certain item. In the end, it will save you time and energy.
    • Stick with your daily routine: Prioritize your workouts, meals, book club, etc., to work with your holiday plans not against them.
    • Plan Ahead: Holiday stress and pain can be reduced with sufficient planning. Plan your menus and then create your grocery list. Set aside specific days to focus on cooking, shopping, visiting friends and family, and other activities.
    • Relax: Set aside a few moments of quiet time for yourself to de-stress and relax. Soak in a warm bath, meditate, or listen to soothing music. 
    • Just Say No: It’s difficult to turn down party invitations and get-togethers, but it is important to know your limits and decide on the best way to spend your time. Feeling overwhelmed and overbooked can lead to more stress.
    • Go tech free: Turn off your tech devices or leave them in a different room all together. It will give your eyes a much-needed break from a screen while allowing you to spend quality time with friends and family.
    • Add stress relieving products to your wish list: Ask for gifts the relieve pain and provide comfort and relaxation. To help you in your search, head to our Holiday Gift Guide board on Pinterest. For great gifts for mothers or the man in your life, take a look at our Top 5 Gifts for the Busy Mom in Your Life and our Top “Mancave” Picks.

We hope these tips help you have a stress free and pain free holiday season with friends and family. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit your local Relax The Back store for more holiday gift ideas.

Shop Small on November 30th

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From the local café with the tasty cappuccinos to the clothing boutique around the corner, our streets are brimming with special stores that are the heartbeat of our neighborhood.

Small Business Saturday® is a day to support the local businesses we love. This year, we are proud to announce we are a supporter of Small Business Saturday®. The big day is Nov 30 and we want you to get out and Shop Small. Let’s make this the most successful Small Business Saturday yet! Find your local Relax The Back store to take part and Shop Small and discover more ways to join in at ShopSmall.com.