COULD YOUR MATTRESS BE CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR BACK PAIN?…

There is no question of a doubt that a poor mattress can exacerbate your back pain, and rest is an essential part of the treatment for back pain but how do you know if it’s your mattress that is contributing to it?

The Back Pain Expert says that a poorly suited mattress can put your spine out of alignment. Firmness and comfort are key issues, but it should also be noted that weight is an issue too.

Spine Universe comment that the average person spends approximately one third of their life in bed. Yet when it comes to where we sleep, we often do not consider how our mattress can affect our backs. No other piece of furniture in your house is used as often or affects your overall health more than your bed. 

There are a number of different types of mattresses to choose from innerspring, foam, flotation (water beds), and air mattresses, plus the foundation, often called a box spring. One particular company who cater for people with back pain is the N:Rem which is the only orthopaedic mattress with 5 interchangeable support zones. One reviewer wrote having severe back pain for most of my life, this mattress has helped me no end, getting comfortable, falling asleep and waking up without aches and pains, amazing!

It is customisable to your individual needs combining just the right amount of support and comfort to give you your best night’s sleep and was designed for back pain sufferers. You can trial it at home for 100 nights and pay on a payment plan. You can also get your first month FREE on the payment plan using this code BACKPAINBLOG .

Another company who specialises in designer mattresses is the Simba Sleep Mattress who created their mattress after extensively testing it with The Sleep to Live Institute whose research is based on profiling more than 10 million people and 180 million body profile data points. One reviewer put the best sleep you could wish for from a mattress. it cured my back pain, waking up each morning in a Simba mattress is like being on Cloud 9. Absolutely no regrets.

The majority of mattress companies say that if you’ve had your mattress for at least 5 years it’s recommended you are ready for a new one.

With so many mattress company’s on the market and the current state of the mattress industry (hint: shopping for a mattress is definitely moving to be an online experience) It can be really difficult to navigate all the options. Especially if you do purchase a mattress online, like so many people are, without ever feeling the mattress before the purchase. It never hurts to have more resources and more information, you can find more information put together by reviews.com on what to look for here and if you still crave more info the entire resource can be found here. Happy mattress shopping!

 

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DOES THE HOTTER WEATHER INCREASE OR DECREASE YOUR PAIN?…

Most Fibromyalgia sufferers will agree that change of seasons can affect the pain of Fibromyalgia but can the hotter weather increase or decrease your pain?

Well, according to the website Fibromyalgia Symptoms, according to a study performed in 1981, a large percentage of fibromyalgia sufferers may actually be sensitive to changes in the weather. In this particular study, 90% of patients claimed that weather was one of the most important influences on their fibromyalgia symptoms. And fibromyalgia sufferers aren’t the only ones to experience weather-related symptoms. The weather also affects people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and osteoarthritis.

They say that warmer weather tends to ease the troublesome symptoms of fibromyalgia but when that baromatic pressure changes fibromyalgia sufferers often find that these changes in barometric pressure can ‘trigger’ muscle aches and pains. One thing that they say can also affect us is how the wind condition is. Whether it’s a light wind or a gale-force wind, wind generally causes a decrease in barometric pressure. This means that wind can trigger fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches in fibromyalgia sufferers.

One problem that I have in this sort of heat is that we automatically use fans around the house and although I want to cool down I can soon find that the draft can affect my neck and lumber spine, so I am constantly adjusting the fan to minimize the pain.

Blogger FibroDaze points out that “some heat sensitive people feel all-over heat sensations that seem to come from within their own body. Along with hot flashes, some people have problems with excessive sweating. Others may only have problems in their hands and feet, including puffiness and aching. Warm or hot weather can be unbearable with heat sensitivity.

When the weather gets warm, heat sensitive people with fibromyalgia often experience symptom flare-ups. Research has found that people with fibromyalgia exposed to hot temperatures report increases in: pain, headaches, fatigue, anxiety and depression. They are also more likely to have heat rashes and heat exhaustion or heat stroke”.

So, in answer to my question does hotter weather increase or decrease your pain I guess the majority of us would say ‘yes’ it does definitely increase our pain. On that note and in this very hot period make sure that you are fully hydrated, cool down with a shower or cool bath, use cool packs instead of heat packs and wear cool clothing.

 

AN OFFER WELL WORTH TAKING FOR LOW BACK PAIN…

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An offer on Living Social  at the moment is this Lumber Support Cushion which I find a great help with my lumber pain. The lovely feel of this deluxe lumbar support cushion in super soft faux sheepskin material. Great for both summer and the colder months as it’s made with both a fleece and polyester side.

Orthographically shaped (H 58cm x W 69cm x D 12cm) to cradle your lumbar region, it soothes and relaxes while helping to encourage the correct posture. I sometimes use it with my heat pad on and find it very therapeutic and eases my lumber pain. I spotted this one on Living Social which is on offer for only £12.99 (£14.99 including postage) instead of the usual £29.99 and immediately ordered another one.

A great investment for anyone with lumber pain. If this offer has finished when you click on the link there are some very similar ones available on Amazon for £13.99

ACTIPATCH ADVANCED LONG-LASTING PAIN RELIEF ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE THERAPY…

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I was sent Actipatch for muscle and joint pain relief. ActiPatch® is a new and clinically proven
drug-free technology in the fight against chronic muscle and joint pain.

The Actipatch  works by helping blood flow in the body regulate by electrical signals that travel along nerves. The Actipatch  modifies these nerve signals, providing pain relief by enhancing blood flow which reduces inflammation and restores the injured tissue to a healthy state.

You wont feel heat with the Actipatch but you will feel the low level energy that is gently pulsed into the cells to heal damaged tissue. It should start working after about 2 -3 hours and should decrease your pain for around 8 – 24 hours if you keep the Actipatch on.

There is a warning on the pack that the Actipatch should not be used by women who are pregnant or think they are pregnant. It’s easy to apply and they tell you to place it directly over the source of pain, They also have a back wrap to keep it in place and a knee wrap.

As most of my readers know I suffer from chronic low back and neck pain as well as Fibromyalgia so I decided to try the back wrap with the Actipatch placed underneath it.  Although I definitely felt some pain relief I was unable to lower my pain medication but a week later my right knee started to play up so I decided I would try the patch with the adhesives ad place it on the top of my knee. After only a couple of hours the pain went away completely, and so far has not come back again.

The Actipatch  has to be ideal for any type of muscle or joint pain. On their website The Fibromyalgia Support Group undertook a chronic pain survey and concluded that ActiPatch®’s innovative technology “is an invaluable new pain therapy that can greatly benefit the majority of Fibromyalgia sufferers, helping them effectively and safely self-manage their pain and improve quality of life²”. From this, 79% of responders reported a reduction in their pain having used ActiPatch®.

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