Among the most critical hours of our life from a health standpoint are the eight or so hours we spend sleeping. But way too many of us have a difficult time getting enough sleep. Sometimes it’s because we pack our days too much, but there can be other factors which can cause you to lose sleep’s restorative powers. A big contributor to lack of sleep can often be caused by sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress. It can cause back pain, neck pain and other health issues related to lack of sleep. Finding the right mattress can be a difficult task but Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness wants you to know that proper sleep leads to optimum health.
Total Chiropractic Can Help Ease Back Pain
At Total Chiropractic, we can help you with your back and neck pain and manage your every day life better. We offer a number of services from chiropractic manipulation to spinal decompression to help ease that back pain. We can also offer help to accident victims and those who need whiplash treatment. A number of our patients have their back pack pain related to the mattresses they sleep on, so we want to look at the connection between back pain and mattresses.
How Mattresses Can Help Reduce Back Pain
According to the website Chiropractic Economics, a 2006 study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine shows that sleeping on a new mattress can have a significant effect on reducing back pain. The research shows that participants in a study felt immediate and sustained benefits after sleeping on a new mattress. In fact, those who took part in the study who had been complaining about back pain reported a 63 percent improvement.
So, what type of mattress should you buy? There’s the rub. As anyone who’s ever bought a mattress knows there’s a lot of information out there and different people have different theories. A lot depends on how you feel, but there are general guidelines you should follow.
“The goal is for your spine to be neutral.” Chiropractor and Ergonomics expert Scott Bautch, told the website health.com. “If your mattress allows your spine to curve up or down, that’s not healthy for blood circulation or for resting your muscles.”
That’s why it’s important to test the mattress you want to buy. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends a number of considerations. You should try to find a mattress that gives you uniform support. If you’re feeling gaps between your body and the mattress, you’re not getting support. Also, don’t skimp on the amount of time you spend lying down on the mattress you’re testing. ACA recommends you lie down a minimum of 5 to 10 minutes.
Also, make certain you have the right pillows. Make sure your head and neck remain level with your middle and lower spine.
Total Chiropractic Can Help You Achieve Optimum Health
Good sleep habits are just one way you can achieve optimum health and Total Chiropractic can help you achieve optimum health in so many other ways. In addition to chiropractic techniques, we can help you manage your pain through diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices rather than to resort to surgery and pain medications. To get started, contact us today.