Tuesday, January 17, 2012

3 Quick Tips for Better Back Care

How about a big, warm welcome to 2012!  Hopefully this finds you in great health and happiness as the new month of a whole new year begins to unfold!  And with a whole new-year unfolding, so do the new-year resolutions. As many resolve to quit smoking, lose weight or perhaps kick the caffeine habit, others focus on better posture, both sitting and standing. Here are some helpful tips to encourage a straighter spine:
Helpful Hint #1: Be Self-Aware!
Throw those shoulders back and perk up a bit! Being mindful of how you stand in line at the grocery store or how you sit in the driver’s seat may not only surprise you but encourage you to work on the positioning of your neck, shoulders and back.
Helpful Hint #2: Invest in a supportive pillow
With the right “tools,” anything is possible. Take a moment next time you make the bed or get ready to turn in for the night; evaluate the structure of the pillow, whether it sinks down to the mattress or may be as stiff as a board. That certainly does not sound comfortable so it may be time to invest in a new style of support for the upper body. The use of a pillow while sleeping has two main functions: Support and comfort.  Here's an extra hint - Check out Contour Living's Bed Pillows.
Helpful Hit #3: If your bed pillow is in good shape, take a moment to evaluate your bed mattress
Your bed pillow may be supporting your upper body just fine, but how is your lower or even the rest of your body feeling each morning as you wake? Proper alignment of the lower body is just as crucial for a healthy, full-night’s rest. Fortunately, there are less-expensive alternatives than being forced to invest in a costly mattress and box-spring; options like specially crafted mattress tops to even an ergonomically sound full body pillow can bring such a difference to your nighttime routine!