No one likes back pain, but did you know there are specific times when you are more prone to back injury? Performing even small activities at the wrong time can be harmful and lead to back injury. There are two particularly high-risk periods for back injury. Here they are:
1. First thing in the morning
When you first awaken, your muscles are not warmed-up, have less blood supply and the joints of your spine can be stiff and non-supple. Also, the nerve receptors of the spine which are giving your body all the movement (kinesthetic) feed back have not been stimulated due to the inactivity of the spine while you were sleeping. Just like a car needs to be driven for a mile or two before the tires, the engine and the brakes are warmed up, your spine also needs to go through movement and a proper warm-up period before it can be optimized for the stress and strain of your activity.
2. After you've been sitting for a while
Inactivity causes extra fluid to build in the joints, leading to a swelling-like symptom that can potentially cause damage to the discs and lead to back injury. Sitting up straight with good posture can help reverse the fluid build-up, and so can sleeping with a chiropractic cervical pillow like the PILLO1 cervical pillow that helps support and align your entire spine.
Be cautious after sitting or lying down for an extended period of time. Do some kind of activity that warms up the muscles and stimulates the joint receptors before exerting yourself. Walking up strairs, stridding out in a good walk for a few minutes or doing some simple movements can make a real difference.
One last very important point in the discussion of prevention of back pain and that is selecting the proper mattress to sleep upon. We sleep for about a third of our lifetime! It is critically important to take a very close look at your bed and what type of support it is giving you throughout those 7 or 8 hours! The mattress line that I personally designed for optimal support and comfort is called JUST SLEEP by Dr Hall, "We've Got the REST covered". You can find it online at JUSTSLEEPbeds.com and see why the correct foam can make all the difference in the world. Treat yourself to the best night sleep possible so you can optimize your body's healing ability while you sleep; to restore, rejuvinate and renew your body's inate health night after night. Please also use my PILLO1 cervical pillow to reduce neck pain and get the good night's sleep you deserve.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Raymond Hall
About Dr. Raymond Hall:
Dr. Raymond Hall, DC is a celebrity and sports LA based chiropractor, sleep expert, author and the inventor of PILLO1 and the new JUST SLEEP mattresses. He is a member of the American Academy of Spine Physician, the California Chiropractic Association, and the American Chiropractic Association. He was recently honored by the “International Association of Chiropractors” with the prestigious award of the “TOP CHIROPRACTOR IN LOS ANGELES” and over the past year was awarded TOP CHIROPRACTOR IN CALIFORNIA by the International Assoication of Healthcare Providers. His extensive patient base includes top film and television actors, as well as numerous professional and Olympic athletes.
Made in America, PILLO1 is a premium, hand-crafted cervical pillow designed to give you a full night's rest and support perfect spinal alignment. Created for both back and side sleepers, PILLO1 is the most eco-friendly cervical pillow on the market, built with hypoallergenic non-toxic latex foam to reduce neck pain and ward off back injury.