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Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • How Your Sleeping Position Can Affect Your Health

    Posted on February 23, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    We’ve all felt the benefits of a good night of sleep, as well as the dragging feeling the day after tossing and turning all night. Getting the generally recommended time to sleep – 8 hours – has a tremendous effect on our physiological health. A good night’s rest can reduce stress and make you happier, healthier, and more productive.

    But what about the way you sleep? Specifically, your sleeping position? Turns out, your body’s overnight position can impact several aspects of your health – including your spine, sleep quality, and posture. Read on to find out how your sleeping position can make the difference between a painful and pain-free body.

    On Your Back

    Sleeping on your back, arms at your sides, is generally recommended as the preferred sleeping position. If you avoid using too many pillows, sleeping this way is good for your spine and neck. The downside is that if you snore or suffer from sleep apnea, sleeping on your back can worsen symptoms.

    If you sleep on your back with your arms up (hands at or above your head’s level), you should try lowering your arms when you sleep – this position can negatively impact your shoulder joints.

    On Your Stomach

    While sleeping face down on your stomach can be good for your digestion, it’s much more likely to develop neck pain. This is because stomach-sleepers tend to tilt their head to the left or right side so they can breathe, putting stress on the neck. This position is also not ideal for the spine.

    The Fetal Position

    The fetal position is not recommended. While many people consider the most comfortable positions, our adult bodies were not meant to curve in such a way for extended periods of time. The fetal position can do damage to your neck and back.

    On Your Side

    There are a number of different variations to sleeping on your side – arms outstretched, arms flat, on your left or right side – but the advantage to all of them is that they support the spine, aren’t hard on the neck, and they alleviate snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Some studies have suggested that sleeping on the right side can exacerbate heartburn, while sleeping on the left side can put strain on your organs.

    So, if you’re a side-sleeper, it can help to switch your dominant side up to lessen the negative effects.

    Conclusion

    As you’ve likely surmised, there is no perfect sleeping position – they all have their positives and negatives. However, after weighing the options, sleeping on the back or the sides seems to have the most positive outcomes for your neck and back. What is recommended, no matter the position, is to have the right pillow to for support. For instance, back sleepers should put a pillow beneath their spinal arch while side sleepers should hold a pillow between their knees.

    If you’re experiencing aches and pains – especially in your neck and back – think about the position you take when you’re nodding off. It could be contributing to your well being more than you’d expect.

    Sources:

    http://www.menshealth.com/health/sleep-position-master

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/back-pain/multimedia/sleeping-positions/sls-20076452?sl=?&slide=3

    http://dailyhealthpost.com/8-sleeping-positions-and-their-effects-on-health/


    This post was posted in Company, Education

  • How to Shovel Snow Injury Free

    Posted on February 16, 2016 by Core Products

    By Brian Acton

    Winter weather comes with the opportunity for a variety of fun activities. Hiking through your neighborhood, building snowmen, and snowball fights are all a great source of exercise and play. Then there are the not-so-fun activities – namely, shoveling snow from our parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks.

    The good news: shoveling snow is fantastic exercise. The bad news? It puts your heart and back at risk.

    Whether you’re shoveling your own driveways or going door to door around the neighborhood to earn some money, proper technique is important to avoid injury. Here’s how to shovel snow like a pro without throwing out your back or putting your heart out of whack:

    Prep Yourself

    Before starting to shovel, you’ll want to dress yourself in your snow gear and warm up a little first. Going headlong into heavy exercise should be avoided. Instead, warm up by walking in place, doing jumping jacks, or any other lightweight activity. Stretching beforehand will help keep you limber as you shovel. Also, make sure you have water handy – you’ll want to stay hydrated throughout the process.

    Use Proper Technique

    Rather than expending loads of energy picking up snow and then tossing it with your shovel, push the snow to the edge of the area you wish to clear whenever possible. This action is much less stressful on your body.

    Once you’ve pushed snow to the edges of the area, or have no other recourse but to start lifting, you will want to use your legs to do the hard work. Bend at your knees, not at your back, and then lift with your legs. Make sure to choke up on the shovel, with one hand on the shovel’s handle and the other on the shaft near the shovel’s blade. Avoid sharply twisting your body to dump the snow from your shovel, as that motion can injure your back. Instead, turn and walk your entire body to the spot you use to deposit the snow.

    Split Up the Work

    First, you should take frequent breaks when shoveling snow. Cold temperature boosts blood pressure, and sudden activity – especially if you aren’t frequently active – puts a further strain on the heart. Take water breaks every 10-15 minutes or less if needed.

    Second, you should shovel snow every few hours as the snow falls. While it is annoying to shovel all day, it keeps the snow from piling up into a huge, unmanageable load, and thereby lessening the strain on your body.

    Pay Attention to Your Body

    If at any moment you start to feel overly winded or feel that you’ve injured yourself, stop your activity and go inside. Continuing to shovel could cause you to hurt yourself even worse. Also, if you feel the signs of a heart attack – chest pain and pain or numbness in your left arm are common symptoms – stop immediately, and if the symptoms persist, call 911 or have someone call 911 for you.

    Avoid Shoveling Altogether

    If you rarely exercise, it may be a good idea to avoid the shovel altogether. If you can, use a snow blower to clear snow – snow blowing is much easier on the body. Alternatively, many neighborhoods will see enterprising teenagers clearing out driveways for money, and if you’re completely buried, the cost is worth it!

    Sources:

    http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/shoveling-snow-can-be-hard-on-the-heart-201302085868

    http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/ergonomics/snow-shoveling-techniques-prevent-low-back-injuries


    This post was posted in Education

  • Four Lifehacks for Bad Backs

    Posted on February 8, 2016 by Core Products

    By: Brian Acton

    If you’ve ever suffered from back pain, you know that it can severely affect quality of life. Sufferers of back pain will have trouble doing the activities they used to enjoy – such as sports and exercise – or, if the pain is severe enough, they may even have trouble with day to day activities like getting around the house.

    We’ve compiled some advice on how to deal with your back pain, help prevent it from worsening, and maybe even provide yourself some relief.

    Don’t Switch to a Sedentary Lifestyle

     When suffering from back pain, its tempting to avoid movement altogether. While switching to a couch-potato lifestyle has its appeal – namely, avoiding the movements that are causing you pain – it can actually make things worse for you in the long run. Staying active keeps your spine more flexible, while constant inactivity is linked to numerous health problems, weight gain, and depression. Research has also shown that the more fit you are, the more your body can resist aches and pains.

    Back pain is enough of a challenge. Staying active helps keep the pain manageable and keeps other problems from piling on. Even brief, regular walks can make a huge difference in quality of life when the alternative is staying glued to the couch.

    Use the Right Sleep Position

     Did you know that the sleeping position you choose could have a major impact on your health? We spend one third of our lives asleep, and the wrong sleeping position can affect neck and back pain. Sleeping flat on your back without too much pillow support is generally considered the best practice. If sleeping on your back is uncomfortable or causes snoring, try sleeping on your side (but not in the fetal position). Cervical pillows can help properly align the spine when sleeping.

    Whatever you do, avoid sleeping on your stomach. It forces your head to one side and can cause or worsen neck and back problems.

    Practice Good Posture

    Good posture and spinal alignment places less stress and strain on your back. If you have a desk job, avoid slouching or hunching toward your screen - good lumbar pillows will help for comfort and posture when sitting.

    When you bend over or lift, make sure to use your knees, rather than your back, to do the majority of the work. Don’t twist your spine to the point of strain, either – simply turn your whole body.

    See a Professional

    All these tips, as well as practicing healthy habits such as a good diet, not smoking, and getting enough sleep can help you keep your back in good – or, at least, manageable – shape. But for advice and treatment that is customized to your specific body, you should see your doctor and get him to recommend you a specialist. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to see a massage therapist, a chiropractor, or a pain management professional. A professional doctor you trust can help you seek the treatment and relief that’s right for you.

    Sources: http://www.medicaldaily.com/sleeping-positions-stay-healthy-best-and-worst-ways-sleep-during-night-296714


    This post was posted in Company, Education

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