February 7, 2018
Life is full of myths. It is believed that consistent back pain is a natural consequence of aging. Thus, instead of seeking medical assistance, millions of people suffer with silent resolve. It’s time to debunk this myth.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says that low back pain is the “most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days.” It’s a too familiar condition that about 80 percent of adults experience it at some point in their life. Low back pain that is left untreated can result to chronic back pain.
Aging is a cause of back pain, but contrary to popular belief, it’s not the only reason for your predicament. Know more about this condition and how an orthopedic mattress can help manage the pain.
Low back pain is caused by a number of factors including a general degeneration of the spine, a traumatic injury, an underlying medical condition or lifestyle habits. Most sufferers are older adults because they’re likely to experience wear and tear in their joints, discs, and spine. These degeneration-related causes are mechanical in nature.
An orthopedic foam mattress is designed to address the discomforts of low back pain. Unlike plushy beds and mattresses, the orthopedic line uses the paleolithic approach to sleeping. The structure of the human body has evolved to attain optimal sleep on a firm and straight surface, and an orthopedic mattress is the closest substitute to the Paleolithic cave floors. The firmness of this mattress keeps the spine straight, preventing the development of back pain.
A persistent back pain may or may not develop gradually. In some instances, it can be due to a traumatic injury such as from car accidents, playing sports or falling on one’s back. These events can lead to injured tendons, ligaments or muscles. Sprains and strains from overstretching or tearing ligaments can also cause acute back pain. But unlike the degeneration of spine, these causes can easily be treated through surgery and rehabilitation.
To accelerate post-surgery recovery, doctors recommend orthopedic mattresses. According to Johns Hopkins Hospital, the best sleeping position after a spine surgery is by laying on your back. This position reduces the pressure on the spinal discs and lower back. The firm yet comfortable surface of an orthopedic mattress helps patients manage pain and recover faster.
Do you know that your fitness level is a risk factor to developing back pain. Studies show that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis and falls. “Having a sedentary lifestyle can also raise your risk of premature death. And the more sedentary you are, the higher your health risks are,” warns the US government-run MedlinePlus. However, take note that your fitness activities can also result to back pain. People who are inactive all week and exercise a lot on weekends are more likely to suffer from back pain than those who regularly exercise.
If you feel a persistent pain on your back after an intense workout, you should sleep on a Uratex foam mattress that relieves pressure points. The Orthocare Bliss Extra Firm mattress, which is made of 100% latex foam, has elastic properties that distribute weight evenly. It contours to the shape of your body. This is especially needed by people experiencing back pain and couldn’t handle the pressure of certain sleeping positions.
Your mental health can be a cause of your back pain. People suffering from anxiety and depression are likely to focus on their pain and its severity. This can lead to stress which in turn cause muscle tension. Even if you’re not in a depressive state, stress at home or in the office can result to muscle pain. The American Psychological Association notes that muscle tension is the “body’s way of guarding against injury and pain.” It’s a reflex reaction that subsides when the stress passes. The problem arises when one is experiencing chronic stress. Muscles that are tense for long periods of time is associated with chronic muscle tension on the shoulders, neck, and head.
The obvious solution to this issue is to seek professional help for mental health disorders and stress management. You can do 15 to 20 minutes of moderate exercise each day. Consider disconnecting from the digital world for a couple of hours daily and shut off the constant distraction. One of the health benefits of an orthopedic mattress is that it helps ensure a satisfying sleep at night. Good sleep habits is an effective stress-buster. The Orthocare Symmetry prevents the spine from curving with its Therapoint foam. Its Tencel fabric cools the body, enabling you to achieve the ideal sleep temperature.
If your back pain is preventing you from getting quality sleep or interfering with your normal activities, you should visit a medical professional. Avoid self-diagnosing. Visiting a doctor and taking any needed tests will enable you to get the treatment you need. In some instances, low back pain is caused by underlying conditions such as inflamed joints, endometriosis, and fibromyalgia. You may need to undergo imaging tests to identify the real cause of your pains.
Regardless of the cause of your back pain, an orthopedic mattress can alleviate your suffering. A variation with pocket coil spring perfectly contours the body, relieving pains all over. An orthopedic mattress is also recommended for couples because of its “anti-rolling” effect. Any movement on your side will not be transmitted to your partner’s area.
Back pain may be a common condition but it doesn’t need to affect the quality of your life. Know the real cause of your suffering and seek medical attention. It’s also worth noting that your lifestyle habits and sleeping environment has an impact on how you manage your pain condition. Buy yourself a high-quality orthopedic mattress and know the difference for yourself.