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The Mattress You Sleep On Can Increase Or Decrease Back Pain

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If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, the type of mattress you sleep on may help reduce your discomfort. Contrary to what you might think, a mattress that is firm isn’t necessarily better for your back. In fact, mattress types that are either too hard or too soft can make your back pain worse depending on your body shape and the position in which you prefer to sleep. When you aren’t sure what kind of mattress to sleep on, your chiropractor may recommend sleeping on a medium-firm mattress that will give your back adequate support yet is soft enough to avoid painful pressure points.   Firm Mattresses Sleeping on a mattress that is too hard can make you feel uncomfortable, which may lead to poor sleep. When you wake up more often throughout the night or don’t get enough sleep, it interferes with your body’s release of the growth hormone it needs to repair muscles and tissues. A mattress that is too firm also allows for gaps between the mattress and the inward contours of your body — a condition that leaves parts of your back unsupported as you sleep. This creates pressure points where your body touches the mattress. The uneven distribution of your weight can put too much pressure on your sacrum — the triangular bone in your lower back. Soft Mattresses A soft mattress isn’t good for your back either. As comfortable as it may feel at first, a mattress that is too soft can actually increase lower back pain. For one thing, a soft mattress isn’t firm enough to support your spine. When your lower back sinks into the mattress, it places more stress on the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the spine. The stress can throw your spine out of alignment.   Sleep and Back Pain Research suggests that when sleep is disturbed, fatigue may cause individuals to feel heightened pain. Therefore, getting better sleep is an important treatment for reducing pain in your lower back. If your mattress is uncomfortable, frequently changing positions not only contributes to back pain, it keeps you awake. Sleeping on a mattress that supports the curves in your back can help you get better sleep. Otherwise, lack of sleep increases your fatigue, which can then increase your pain perception. Disc Rehydration When you are lying down in bed, you take pressure off the discs in your spine, giving them time to rehydrate — something they can’t do when you are up and moving. The pressure of gravity–when you stand or sit–causes your spinal discs to leak fluid, decreasing the discs in height. Loss of fluid and height causes your spinal discs to lose their ability to absorb shock. Discs that aren’t fully hydrated shrink and become hard instead of being soft and spongy. When spinal discs lose their cushioning ability, bones rub together, which can cause painful pinched nerves. But a good night’s sleep allows the discs to absorb water so that your back muscles can handle the extra pressure you put on them throughout the...

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Hip Pain: Why You Have It And How To Make It Go Away

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If you experiences hip pain every day, speak to a chiropractor about your treatment options. Hip pain isn’t something you should ignore, especially if you don’t know why you have it in the first place. Before you give up and just live with your hip pain, learn why you have it and what you and your chiropractor can do to make it go away. Causes of Hip Pain Hip pain develops for numerous reasons, including sitting and lying down for long periods of time. Even the medications you take for other health problems can trigger pain in your hips. If you’re very active in life, such as lifting weights or running long distances, pain and inflammation can develop in the muscles and tissues of your hips if you use them too much. Sometimes, bone conditions like arthritis affect the health and functions of your hips. Bladder and kidney infections can also trigger pain in the pelvic regions, which later spreads to the hip bones and joints.  The best way to find the cause of your hip pain is to see your chiropractor for an exam.  Possible Chiropractic Treatments for Hip Pain The chiropractor examines your hips, pelvis and back with X-rays and other types of imaging equipment. If the scans show signs of infection or severe inflammation, your chiropractor refers you to your regular doctor for further examination, such as blood tests and urinalysis, to find out if you have a medical problem that requires additional consideration.  After your regular doctor treats you, you return to the chiropractor for additional treatment. Your chiropractic treatments can include physical therapy to loosen up the muscles in your hips and TENS (a type of electrical nerve stimulation) to alleviate pain in the hips. Your chiropractor goes over every possible treatment option with you before moving forward. Tips for Relieving Hip Pain at Home You can do a few things at home to keep your hip pain at bay. Lying on your back at night with your knees slightly elevated on a pillow helps reduce stress on the nerves inside your lower body. Sometimes, the nerves in your hips pinch or press together when you lie on your sides too long. Performing hip stretching exercises on a daily basis helps lubricate the joints of your hips. Lubricated joints are better equipped to withstand heavy weight lifting, running and other strenuous exercises. You simply: Stand with your legs hip-width apart Place your hands on your hips or out to your side for balance Tighten your abdominal muscles to help you control your movements and stay balanced Lift one leg out to the side of your body as far as you can without feeling discomfort or pain Lower the leg and repeat the exercise with the other leg You only perform the exercise for 5 minutes to avoid overextending or overexerting your hips. For more info, speak to a local...

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