As you age, the likelihood of experiencing back pain is high as the spinal discs degenerate over time. Although there is no way to turn back the hands of time, there are many tools and accessories that can help you keep your back and spine healthy.
Some of the accessories can help if you’re already suffering from back pain while others can help protect your back and spine.
Lumbar Support Pillow
A lumbar support pillow can provide your back with much-needed support at home, in the car, in the office or when you’re traveling. These cushions are comfortable, easy to take along and most importantly, provide back support when you need it most. There are many lumbar support pillows to choose from, some made with gel and memory foam, and some covering a larger area, so find one that fits your needs.
If you’re looking to perfect your posture, a brace can help retrain your back and shoulder muscles. Many upper back braces help you maintain good posture throughout the day and can be worn over or under clothing. If you have lower back pain, muscle weakness or instability, a lower back brace can provide support and promote good posture. Some adjustable back braces also come with a removable heating/cooling pad or additional pocket for using a cold or hot compress.
Spine-worx is a realignment tool that can be used at home to help alleviate muscular pain, pressure, and irritation. It can help realign the vertebrae to a natural position. Users lay flat on their backs on the small device and center their spine into a groove in the device, which realigns the spine.
Orthopedic Back Stretcher
Similar to spine-worx, this device involves having users lay on an arched back stretcher. The device helps ease muscular fatigue and supports and realigns the vertebrae. A back stretcher is a comfortable way to stretch the back, increase flexibility and loosen your muscles. Use it for 5 minutes in the morning and evening and you’ll feel a difference.
Cold Compress/Hot Water Bottle
If you suffer from back pain, a cold compress and hot water bottle can quickly provide relief when the pain strikes. When applying heat, only do so for 15 to 20 minutes at a time and avoid using direct heat, the hot water bottle should be wrapped in a towel or pillowcase. Cold therapy can help relieve pain, swelling and inflammation. Similar to a hot water bottle, avoid direct contact and use something between the compress and your skin. Ice the area for no longer than 10 minutes.
Did you know that the best sleeping position is on your side? By sleeping on your side, you’re helping maintain the spine’s natural curvature. Unfortunately, many people don’t find this position to be the most comfortable. A body pillow can provide full body support and help to relax your muscles when your spine is properly aligned.
While not necessarily an accessory, the right mattress and pillow can also aid in keeping your spine healthy. The mattress you sleep on can help with back pain or make it worse. Medium/firm mattresses are best for back support, but if you have a spinal condition, you may wish to speak with your chiropractor about their recommendations.
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