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Getting a good night’s sleep is dependent on a variety of factors, a major one being your mattress. Do you wake up with lower back pain and feel like you have to stretch to rid the pain? If so, your mattress may not meet your needs.

Having a mattress with poor support can cause severe back pain, as well as growing pain that already exists. Lack of mattress support can result in muscle strain, spine misalignment and a poor sleeping posture, all of which contribute to back pain. The more comfort you receive from a good mattress lessens the likelihood of suffering from back pain, as it allows the structures of the spine to rest easier at night. If your mattress does not match your needs, it is likely that you will endure a poor night’s sleep, so it is vital that you choose the right mattress for you.

 

With the vast variety of mattresses on the market, choosing the right mattress can prove to be difficult, however, outlined below are some tips on choosing the best mattress for managing your back pain:

 

  1. Person Preference: Ensuring that your choice of mattress matches up to your needs is vital. A mattress that is comfortable to one person, may not be for another. It is important to identity which mattress you think has the most comfort.
  2. Knowing the Mattress: Understanding the components of a mattress can make choosing and buying a much easier process. The coils or the springs are what provide the support in a mattress, and the thickness of the padding reflects the level of comfort.
  3. Choosing a mattress with the most support: If your back demands a high level of support, looking at mattresses that support the natural curves of the spine would prove to be beneficial. This may improve your night’s sleep dramatically.
  4. Don’t keep old mattresses: It is recommended that you replace a mattress approximately every 8 years. As the mattress ages, the materials start to degrade, especially the coils and or the springs resulting in less support and less comfort.
  5. Bigger is not necessarily better: Some manufactures create thicker mattresses to fool you into thinking that is comfier, this is not necessary the case.

Having the correct knowledge on how to choose the best mattress to suit your needs will reduce the possibility of having back pains. We hope these guidelines will help you purchase the correct mattress and ease the burden of back pain as a result of sleeping.

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How much time do you spend texting, emailing from your phone, flicking through social media, or just generally looking down at your phone? Text neck is a repetitive strain injury, and one that is seen in a growing number of patients over the past few years. An increasing number of teens and adolescents are experiencing aggravating muscle pain in their necks, shoulders, and occasionally their lower backs as well as a result of hunching over their smart devises.

So why does it happen?

Looking down and dropping your head forward changes the natural curve of your spine and neck. Repetitive misalignment causes muscles to strain and cause wear and tear on the structures of your neck.

What can you do if you are already showing the signs and symptoms of Text Neck?

The first thing, and best thing you can do is improve your posture. What we recommend is using these two simple prevention rules:

  1. Look forward! Don’t tilt your chin down to look at your smart devices, try moving the devise up towards eye level, just like your desktop screen should be.
  2. Straighten on up! If your posture isn’t perfect, try doing shoulder extensions. Arch your neck and upper back backward, pulling your shoulders into alignment under your ears. This simple stretch can alleviate stress and muscle pain.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of Text Neck, the next step is to be assessed by your Physio. Where we can recommend a series of exercises to help strengthen both your neck and back muscles, we will then come up with a comprehensive treatment plan specific for you and your needs. This plan could include regular adjustments, massage therapy, a range of exercises dependent on the extent of your injury.

If Text Neck is preventing you from performing the activities you enjoy, or if you believe the way you are using your phone placing you at risk of developing further neck pain in the future, please call our clinic for an appointment with one of our experienced therapists today.