Whether you were injured in an auto accident in Arlington, Va or you have nagging aches and pains, your recovery doesn't end when you leave Jefferson Spine and Injury Center.
There are tips and techniques you can utilize at home to keep pain at bay.
Let's discuss the three main aspects of pain management.
Sleep is just as important to health as good nutrition and proper exercise. Sleep posture is a significant factor in the treatment of conditions such as neck and back pain trauma, whiplash injuries, neck pain, back sprain/strains, shoulder/arm pain, tension headaches, or arthritis of the back and neck.
Plastic deformation (soft tissue stretching) and musculoskeletal instability can develop when especially, the cervical spine is not adequately supported during sleep. Painful misalignment of the spine may result.
Cervical traction pillows from Foot Levelers support the neck with gentle traction during sleep.
The head, neck, and spine are aligned whether you lie on your side or back. Plastic deformation is eliminated. And a normalized physiologic curve may improve vascular and neurological function.
Custom-made support for individual postural needs 2-Year Freedom Guarantee
Three unique versions: One for people who sleep on their backs, one for people who sleep on their sides, and one for people who sleep equally on their backs and sides.
Patented “4-in-1” design for support and comfort for every patient Good for neck and shoulder conditions, Vertebral Subluxation Complex, relieving stress and/or muscle tension
King size is for a king-sized bed
Posturefoam™ “egg carton” structure helps to eliminate pressure points and improve air circulation around the neck, head, and shoulders Firm, comfortable support A cooler pillow due to increased airflow. Good for pinched nerves, hypolordosis, and arm/shoulder pain
Cervical support even away from home
Small enough to go anywhere, yet large enough to give the cervical support needed Mini-Travler for adults. Jr.Traveler for children and small-framed adults
Support for uninterrupted sleep
Special side panels designed to support side sleeping Special Therapeutic Z-z-zone™
center section for proper neck extension while back sleeping. Good for whiplash and tension headaches
For lower body support
Eases tension on the hips, knees, and lower back Maintains pelvic-leg alignment Special T-shaped design holds lower body in place. Good for expecting moms
Your feet are the foundation of your body. They support you when you stand, walk, or run. And they help protect your spine, bones, and soft tissues from damaging stress as you move around.
Your feet perform better when all their muscles, arches, and bones are in their ideal stable positions.
The foot is constructed with three arches which, when properly maintained, give exceptional supportive strength. These three arches form a supporting vault that distributes the weight of the entire body.
If there is a compromise of one arch in the foot, the other arches must compensate and are subject to additional stresses, which usually leads to further compromise.
Healthcare professionals like Dr. Holcombe know alleviating pain in one part of your body often requires treating a different part.
The pain you feel in your neck could be caused by a misalignment in your spine that is caused by unbalanced positioning in your feet. See? It’s a chain reaction.
By stabilizing and balancing your feet, Foot Levelers orthotics enhance your body’s performance and efficiency, reduce pain, and contribute to your total body wellness.
Your body is an interconnected system of specialized parts, and the support structure which holds everything together is made up of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Even if your feet don’t hurt, they may be contributing to your overall postural balance.
An old Chinese proverb states, "Only when one cannot sleep does one know how long the night is." Anyone who's ever experienced an occasional bout with insomnia—and that's most of us—can relate to this all too well.
In fact, surveys have shown that between 40 and 60 percent of the general population has trouble sleeping. Daily stress and worries, pressures from job and family, body aches and pains caused by uncomfortable beds or pillows, and a host of other issues can keep a person from getting enough quality sleep.
Sleep is critical to good health and functioning, so lack of it is a serious matter. "Sleep is one of the most important functions of the brain," says Frederick R. Carrick, DC, PhD, president of the American Chiropractic Association's Council on Neurology. Through it, our bodies recharge and renew for the next day's challenges.
As wellness experts, doctors of chiropractic can provide patients with a different approach to their sleeping problems-without the use of sleeping pills, which leave many people in a mental haze the next morning. To start, here are a few helpful tips they would recommend for the sleepless in Seattle (or any city, for that matter):
Exercising in the morning is best, but if you must exercise in the evening, do so at least two or three hours before bedtime. Any later, and your increased heart rate can interfere with your sleep.
Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages such as coffee, colas, and tea. Try to avoid them altogether late in the day and near bedtime.
In addition, for each cup of caffeinated beverages, you drink each day, drink an equal amount of water.
If you have trouble sleeping and then get thirsty, drink tap water at room temperature (cold water may disturb the digestive system). Eat an early dinner.
Eating after 6 p.m. may interfere with sleep as your body works to digest the food you've eaten.
Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. The routine will help your body know when it is time to rest.
Keep your bedroom at a cool, comfortable temperature and try to make it as dark as possible when you're ready for bed.
A mattress should provide uniform support from head to toe. If there are gaps between your body and your mattress (such as at the waist), you're not getting the full support that you need.
If you do have back pain and your mattress is too soft, you might want to firm up the support of your mattress by placing a board underneath it. But do this just until the pain goes away; such firmness is not good for "routine" sleeping.
Every few months, turn your mattress clockwise, or upside down, so that body indentation is kept to a minimum. It's also good to rotate the mattress frame every so often to reduce wear and tear.
There is no standard life span for a mattress; it all depends on the kind of usage it gets.
If you're not in the market for a new mattress, and your current mattress is too firm, you can soften it up by putting a 1- to 2-inch-thick padding on top of it - usually available at mattress and bedding stores.
More than 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. Unfortunately, your old-fashion mattress - the very thing that you look to for relief at the end of a long hard day - can actually make back pain even worse with hard steel coils that push and prod against sore muscles and joints, making it impossible to get comfortable.
The good news is there is real relief- The Sleep Number Bed by Select Comfort - clinically proven to help even chronic pain sufferers get a better night's sleep. Everybody is different.
The beauty of the Sleep Number bed is that you and your sleep partner can each choose your own comfort preference on your side of the bed. Most ordinary mattresses are built under the assumption that both sleeping partners are identical in weight, size and shape.
However, with a firm mattress, the weight of a larger person will compress the springs, forcing the bed to conform to their shape. The lighter person is left lying on top of the mattress, which is not better than sleeping on the hard floor.
Choose a softer mattress and the tables are turned. You can see why nine out of 10 couples can't agree on their mattress firmness! With a Sleep Number bed, firmness can easily be adjusted independently on each side of the bed without affecting the other side of the bed. It's the perfect bed for couples.