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  • Ways to Reduce Arthritis Pain in Seniors

    Arthritis is a very common problem that many seniors experience. Patients with arthritis experience inflammation in the joints, which leads to pain in these areas as well as a lack of mobility. There are many ways to reduce arthritis pain in seniors, particularly for those living in assisted living homes who have access to extra care. Here are some ways that seniors can reduce arthritis pain and live more comfortably.

    Alternate Between Heat and Cold Therapy.

    Both hot and cold can make a huge difference when it comes to pain and stiffness in arthritis patients. Heat helps improve mobility, so it’s particularly good in the morning when first waking up, which is a time when seniors commonly experience stiffness. A warm shower or an electric blanket can get the joints started for the day. Cold therapy works better to reduce inflammation, which leads to pain. Using ice packs on areas that are inflamed will reduce swelling in the joints quickly.

    Be Aware of Your Diet.

    There are certain nutrients that actually reduce inflammation, and taking the time to incorporate these into your diet on a regular basis can make a huge difference in the amount of pain you’re experiencing. In particular, omega-3 fatty acids are very helpful for arthritis, because they lubricate the joints, reducing pain and stiffness. These are found in fish and other seafood. If you don’t get enough seafood in your diet, you can also take an omega-3 supplement. In addition to nutrients, there are also spices and ingredients that are thought to have medicinal properties that can help with inflammation. One of these is turmeric. Turmeric has been used historically to treat swelling and inflammation, and it’s easy to add a bit of it to your dinners.

    Add Gentle Exercise to Your Routine.

    Exercise is one of the best ways to mitigate the pain of arthritis. Although moving may sound like a counterintuitive solution when you’re feeling stiff, there’s actually plenty of benefits for arthritis patients. It helps your joints stay mobile and flexible, which prevents them from locking up and causing more pain. Exercise can also help you lose weight, which will result in less stress placed on your joints overall. Not all exercises are suitable for arthritis patients - ideally, the exercise should be low weight-bearing, such as swimming or using a recumbent bicycle. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

    Try Different Forms of Therapy, Such as Massage, Acupuncture, or Chiropractic Treatment.

    In addition to seeing your primary care doctor, you may find you benefit from seeing another professional who specializes in physical therapy and other forms of treatment. Many patients find they benefit from massage, which helps improve flexibility and range of motion in the joints and reduces feelings of tightness and pain. Acupuncture is another common therapy that is often used for arthritis. It is a very old form of therapy that focuses on finding pressure points in the body and releasing energy. Finally, you may want to consider gentle chiropractic treatment for arthritis. Chiropractors can help you put your joints into alignment to reduce tension buildup. Just be sure that your chiropractor knows you have arthritis so they can treat you appropriately. An at-home treatment option for arthritic stiffness/discomfort in the neck or back is Posture Pump® Disc Hydrators®.* Posture Pump® restores nutrient-rich fluid to the discs of the neck & back, promoting better range of motion, and well-lubricated joints. If you aren’t sure what type of therapy would be most effective for you, consider working generally with a physical therapist to determine what types of treatments would be most helpful.

     

    Avoid Repetitive Motions That Could Create Tension/Exacerbate Arthritis Pain.

    Repetitive motion built up through work or other physical activities is a big cause of arthritis for many people. This repetitive motion builds up tension in the joints, which eventually results in the development of arthritic pain. If you already have arthritis, it’s very important to avoid repetitive motions, such as typing, for long periods of time. If you don’t have the option of avoiding these repetitive motions, take frequent breaks to stretch your joints and muscles.

    Arthritis is a very frustrating physical condition, but it can be managed with these pain relief methods. It’s very important to talk to your doctor about this to make sure you’re taking appropriate measures to treat your condition, as well as for other general senior living help. Everyone’s arthritis is unique, so treatments that work for someone else may be different from the treatments that work for you. There are also medications that you can use along with these pain relief techniques to manage the condition.

    *© 2018 POSTURE PRO, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED • U. S. Patent Numbers 5,713,841
    • 5,906,586 • D508,566S • 7,060,085,B2 • 8,029,453,B2 • 8,734,372 • 8,764,693• 9,095,419 • 9,241,820.  Other patents pending.

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  • Sailing & Back Pain: What You Need to Know

     

    Sailing and racing is enjoyed by countless individuals the world over. It’s a fun, exciting, and adventurous outdoor activity. Many sailors and racers enjoy the sport because it offers a liberating connection to nature and the elements. The constantly changing conditions of the wind and sea, however, can add to the risk of neck and back pain. This is a commonly reported issue, which should come as no surprise, given the immense physical demands involved in sailing.

    Often, the surrounding environment of the sea can be unpredictable. This usually requires vigorous, quick movements during sailing and racing. Many sailing aficionados report not only pain in the neck and/or back, but acute shoulder and arm stiffness as well. When put to action while boating, the sometimes awkward movements and positions involved can contribute to hyper-extension, or locking of the joints.

    Whether sailing or racing, one common cause of back pain is due to over-arching the low back due to a weak core. Additionally, stress put on the spine while sailing using positional, repetitive motions can lead to disc bulging/protrusion. This causes the back (and neck) to lose their proper postural curves over time. As bones clamp down on the discs of the spine, nutrient-rich lubricating fluid is forced out of the disc space. This common occurrence causes bones and joints to dry up, decay, and become painfully stiff.

    Tips For Prevention

    The ever-changing conditions of the sea reinforce the importance of being in good physical condition. This will help to avoid musculoskeletal issues that may lead to bigger health problems down the road. One should practice regular cardiovascular, core, and flexibility training. Taking regular breaks while sailing will also help maintain endurance and stamina on the water. As with any physical exercise (weightlifting, yoga, etc.), developing a habit of practicing proper form and stretching/warming up joints before setting sail is crucial. Finally, if there are any areas of technical skill that need improvement, seek out training/coaching to strengthen these skills beforehand.

    A healthy balance of nutrition and hydration is just as important as physical training while sailing. When navigating the sometimes-erratic settings of the wind and ocean, it’s important to maintain a regular intake of good carbohydrates. Equally as critical is the consistent intake of water. Dehydration when sailing leads to decreased energy and weakend muscle strength. It is recommended to consume 500ml of water or sport drink one half-hour before setting sail. Once on the water, it’s a good idea to drink 150ml every 15 minutes, especially during a vigorous boat race.

    Regular use of Posture Pump® Disc Hydrators® before and after racing and sailing will help shape and restore the essential curves of the back and neck. Additionally, Posture Pump® decompresses and hydrates compressed, damaged discs, relieving painful back and neck stiffness.

    Check out more details on our Back Pain Products and Neck Pain Products.

    How Fitting that Posture Pump® Disc Hydrators® offered neck/back pain relief to the sailors  of the WHIPLASH racing boat in Southern California this summer!

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    Over 3 Million and Counting have utilized EED® Technology via Posture Pump®.  Nothing Works Like Posture Pump®.  Nothing!™

    © 2018 POSTURE PRO, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED • U. S. Patent Numbers 5,713,841
    • 5,906,586 • D508,566S • 7,060,085,B2 • 8,029,453,B2 • 8,734,372 • 8,764,693• 9,095,419 • 9,241,820.  Other patents pending.

    Beware of counterfeits and purchase an Official Posture Pump® - Made in the USA since 1994.

    Credited Sources:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2653898/

    https://acornhealth.org.uk/sailing-injuries/

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  • Great Ways to Stop a Desk Job from Ruining Your Health

    As more and more businesses are incorporating internet-based knowledge into their company workflow, computers and other digital technologies are becoming more frequently required to complete daily tasks in the workplace. Performing work at a computer usually involves sitting at an office desk, and even though some individuals might enjoy the lack of activity that this kind of job may bring, it is truly detrimental to our health. The health risks that come with sitting down for, what it seems like, infinite hours per day are endless. Heart disease, a slower metabolism, cardiovascular disease, and neck and back pain are all cases, among the many not mentioned, that can arise from sitting too long.

     Ways to Take Control of Neck and Back Pain

    Neck and back pain are some of the most common outcomes and complaints from sitting at a desk for too long. It can be induced from from bad posture, the framework of your chair, or the position of your head in comparison to what you’re working on at your desk. Whatever the cause may be, it is important to prevent the discomfort to stop these somewhat minor issues from turning into impactful ones that can take you out of work completely.

     Neck pain most likely comes from the symptoms of bad posture--rounded shoulders, a forward head position, and a curved spine from slouching. There are a variety of exercises that can be done to help alleviate the pain you’re experiencing. Try using the “puppet string” posture method before completing any sitting exercise. With this, it is important to sit up tall so you feel as though your spine is being pulled upwards. A great workout for a tight neck is called cervical retraction. Slightly tuck your neck toward your chin, as if your making a “double chin”, and hold this position for a few seconds, and repeat 5 times.

     Along with the neck, desk workers can often experience back pain too. To help decrease spinal pain throughout the workday, relieve some of the tension between your shoulder blades by positioning your arms around your back-- like you’re giving yourself a big hug. You will feel the tension disappear as you breathe in and out while holding your arms the way described.

    A great product line that can help with spinal compression is Posture Pump® Disc Hydrators®! This comfortable line of at-home neck/back pain devices decompress and hydrate the discs in the neck and back.

    Posture Pump® Products:
    • Relieve Painful Neck/Back Stiffness, Headaches and Fatigue
    • Shape & Restore the Proper Neck Curve
    • Decrease Disc Bulging
    • Reduce and Correct Forward Head, Neck and Upper Back (Hump) Posture
    • Apply Reversing Pressure to Upper Back Humps
    • Improve Flexibility and Range of Motion
    • Are Lightweight, Easy to Operate & Travel With
    • Are Made in the USA & Built to Last
    • Employ Expanding Ellipsoidal Decompression (EED®) via Posture Pump®

     

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    © 2018 POSTURE PRO, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED • U. S. Patent Numbers 5,713,841
    • 5,906,586 • D508,566S • 7,060,085,B2 • 8,029,453,B2 • 8,734,372 • 8,764,693
    • 9,095,419 • 9,241,820.  Other patents pending.

    Beware of counterfeits and purchase an Official Posture Pump® - Made in the USA since 1994.

    Consider Using a Sit-Stand Desk

    Sit-stand desks are the new fad in many corporations around the world! For companies that have adopted this concept, there has been quite an improvement in employee wellness. Think about it, sitting all day comes with very limited movement, which is extremely detrimental to our overall health. With a standing desk, you’re giving your body the opportunity to completely change its position while still working. If standing desks are not provided in your workplace, click here to purchase one and experience the difference it can make to your body!

     

    Walk Around the Office

    Being static at your desk all day is a contributor to bad health. It is vital that we leave our desks periodically throughout the day to get out bodies moving. Along with the fitness related advantages, taking walks around the office can give your mind a break. After a brief pause away from work, you’re more likely to come back more motivated and awake than before.

    Group Fitness Attendance

    Feel like challenging your coworkers in a really fun and active way? Motivate yourself and your colleagues to join a fitness event in the community! Whether it is a zumba class, or a local race, it gets everyone out of the office and involved with exercise. If you are struggling to find a fitness related event in your area, create one! Using an online event planning platform makes it super easy to invite your friends and track your RSVPs. You’ll turn into the most active workplace in no time!

     

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  • Golfing and Neck Pain: How To Get Relief

     

    Golf and pain go hand in hand, especially in the neck.
    You need good range of motion in your neck for your golf swing. If you've got a kink in your neck that makes movement panful, your golf swing will of course be impacted!

    One of the biggest contributors to neck pain is poor posture during an activity. Instead of pulling the chin down for a neutral posture, some people keep the chin forward and shoulders slouched. That makes the chin stick out and creates tension in the neck and surrounding muscles. 

    https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/is-your-workout-giving-you-a-stiff-neck

    In the pursuit of neck pain relief, an important aspect which is often overlooked is unrestricted cervical spine rotation. The ability to "retract" your neck, and fully rotate to the left is necessary to achieve a good "top of back swing position" (for the right-handed golfer). Any limitation in flexibility in either plane of motion can cause muscle strain/or nerve pinching. The shearing and rotational stresses occurring at the lower neck at the top of backswing will be minimized with good muscle flexibility. Gentle rotation and side bending neck stretches done twice daily for a duration of twenty seconds each will help eliminate pain and restriction.

    The most common form of neck pain is often caused by overstretching of ligaments due to postural stresses. The golfer who spends countless hours practicing with the head in a forward, protruded position will always be at higher risk to develop cervical (neck) pain. 

    Extending the neck while you swing causes tension; carrying a golf bag on the same side all the time leads to uneven muscles and pain.

    Quick fix: Bring your chin toward your neck as you look down at the ball so your neck is not extended; alternate shoulder sides when you carry a golf bag.

    http://www.fitcorept.com/spine-injury-in-golfers

    Neck Stretch Tips:  Face forward and let your head bend

    slowly to the side.

    • Hold three seconds and repeat on the other side.
    • Repeat 10 times.
    • Do this exercise slowly and gently.
    • For an additional stretch, when your head is bent to the side, let it roll slowly forward about 45 degrees and hold it there for three seconds.

    Remember that using the proper form during physical activity prevents neck pain. So does strengthening the neck, shoulder, back and core muscles.

    Posture Pump® Dual Disc Hydrator® Model 1400-D relieves painful neck and back stiffness.

    Posture Pump® Relieves Painful Neck and Back Stiffness, Headaches and Fatigue, Shapes & Restores the Proper Neck Curve, & Decompresses & Hydrates Compressed, Damaged Discs. Check out more details on our Back Pain Products and Neck Pain Products.

    Fiamma Felitch, a Professional Female Golfer uses the Posture Pump® Elliptical Back Rocker™ Model 2000 to increase her range of motion and decrease back soreness due to the multiple hours mastering her golf swing!

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    Over 3 Million and Counting have utilized EED® Technology via Posture Pump®.  Nothing Works Like Posture Pump®.  Nothing!™

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  • Health Care Professional Dr. Muffoletto Recommends Posture Pump®!

    Dr. Muffoletto has used and recommended Posture Pump® for over 20 years. He credits Posture Pump® as his “best treatment tool,” noting that Posture Pump® is a great way for patients to get treatment/relief from their symptoms at home.

    Dr. Michael Muffoletto has been practicing Chiropractic care for over 28 years, specializing in conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Over the course of his career, Dr. M has treated countless individuals seeking relief from tension headaches, chronic migraines, stress, and low back pain. He has seen first hand the damaging effects of frequent smartphone and computer use on the neck and back through his own patients. Dr. M notes that the prevalence of smart device use & social media has forced individuals into a compressive forward head posture, which inhibits the neck’s natural and essential curve. If left untreated, this can cause the spine to degenerate, decay, and even become arthritic, prematurely aging individuals so that they appear older than they really are.

    “As we all age, we all would love to have an active lifestyle. and the Posture Pump® unit allows that to happen!.” - Dr. Michael Muffoletto

    Posture Pump® Relieves Painful Neck and Back Stiffness, Headaches, & Fatigue, Shapes & Restores the Proper Neck Curve, & Decompresses & Hydrates Compressed, Damaged Discs. Check out more details on our Back Pain Products & Neck Pain Products.

    © 2018 POSTURE PRO, Inc. • U. S. Patent Numbers 5,713,841• 5,906,586 • D508,566S • 7,060,085,B2 • 8,029,453,B2 • 8,734,372 • 8,764,693• 9,095,419 • 9,241,820.  Other patents pending.

    Consult your health care professional before beginning.Prices and colors subject to change without notice. Posture Pump® products are not designed to diagnose or cure disease.Posture Pump®, Neck Pump®, Back Pump®, Scoligon®, Spine Trainer®, Disc Hydrator®, Dual Disc Hydrator®, Penta Vec®, Expanding Ellipsoidal Decompression (EED®), Elliptical Back Rocker™, Decompress, Shape & Lubricate™

    Over 3 Million have utilized EED® Technology via Posture Pump®.

    Beware of counterfeits and purchase an Official Posture Pump® - Made in the USA since 1994.

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  • Spinal Nerve Compression: What Is It, and How Can It Be Treated?

    herniated disc image from WebMD.com
    Image from WebMD.com

    Spinal nerve compression – otherwise known as spinal cord compression – is a condition that develops when there’s too much pressure being placed on your spinal cord.  As your spinal cord is comprised of a bunch of nerves that help pass information from your brain to your muscles, this means that the spine can be subject to nerve pain and discomfort due to injury, improper posture, or even the aging process.

    The symptoms of spinal nerve compression can be painful, and lead to a decrease in a person’s quality of life.  Some people may immediately experience symptoms, while others may not notice nerve pain or damage for several years.  Generally speaking, the symptoms of spinal nerve compression include the following:

    - Pain
    - Stiffness in the back, neck, or lower back
    - Burning pain, especially in the buttocks and legs
    - Tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
    - Numbness
    - Cramping in the hands and legs

    If you experience symptoms that include a loss of bladder control, severe numbness between the legs, and severe pain that makes it difficult to walk, it’s important to get medical attention right away (it’s recommended that you go to the emergency room).

    With regards to spinal nerve compression, the condition typically develops as a result of degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis.  This disease is usually thought to be a result of the aging process, but it actually can be a result of genetics, obesity, lack of exercise, and other risk factors.

    If left too long, spinal cord compression can only be treated via invasive surgery, which has high readmission factors.  That’s why if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s recommended that you seek out Posture Pump® therapeutic products first.

    Posture Pump® is a doctor-trusted online retailer that specializes in neck and back pain products which can treat the most common symptoms associated with spinal cord compression and degenerative joint disease.  Posture Pump® products are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate the spine, which can ease nerve pain.

    Posture Pump® products can help sufferers increase their quality of life, as well as improve nerve pain and discomfort.  What’s more, Posture Pump® products can help relieve pain associated with spinal cord compression, including neck and back pain.

    Check out our line of back pain and neck pain treatments today to see how they can help treat and ease pain associated with spinal cord compression.

    Posture Pump® Relieves Painful Neck and Back Stiffness, Headaches and Fatigue, Shapes & Restores the Proper Neck Curve, & Decompresses & Hydrates Compressed, Damaged Discs. To view our back pain products click here and to view our neck pain products click here.

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  • What is Expanding Ellipsoidal Decompression (EED®) and how does it relieve neck & back pain?

    Neck & back pain is a very common problem among the US population, and has traditionally been treated with the use of drugs. However, there are now therapeutic options like the Posture Pump® Disc Hydrator®, which uses Expanding Ellipsoidal Decompression (EED®) to ease painful stiffness of the neck and back. But what is Expanding Ellipsoidal Decompression, and how does it alleviate neck and back pain?

    Short term neck and back pain very often resolves on its own. However, chronic pain due to conditions such as sciatica, sciata, disc degeneration, compressed discs and herniated discs, usually require intervention. In these cases, Posture Pump® products provide a unique form of decompression therapy known as EED® for relief of neck & back pain.

    What is Expanding Ellipsoidal Decompression (EED®))?

    EED® was invented and patented by Posture Pump®.  Under EED®, high level joint separation is achieved by expansion of elliptical shaped air cells into the curves of the spine (neck & back).  As EED® occurs, bulging disc material is drawn toward the nucleus pulposus and away from the spinal cord and nerves.  This unique action aligns joints in a curved shape while increasing disc height in a ratio corresponding to the disc’s natural wedged shape. Expansion and contraction of these air cells create alternating hydration and milking of the discs.  Longer expansion periods are employed for posture restoration. It is no longer necessary to forcefully pry the head from the body, pull the posterior joints apart and remove the vital curves of the neck and back.  These spinal curves are essential.

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    Most healthcare professionals are choosing to treat patients with neck & back pain using EED® via Posture Pump®, because it does not forcefully remove the vital natural curves of the spine. This is not the case with conventional linear traction treatment, which tends to remove the essential spinal curves.  In an IRB approved MRI study conducted by Dr. C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., neurosurgeon, researcher and author, he found that Posture Pump® Cervical Disc Hydrator® improved the cervical curve in 72% of subjects whereas the commonly used form of linear traction device had only an 8% cervical curve improvement.  In fact, linear traction actually compromised the cervical curve in 83% of subjects.  Dr. Shealy also found that Posture Pump® increased the average disc height twice as much than with the linear traction device.  You can view this and other research studies here.

    If you would like to know more about how Posture Pump® products work check out their back pain products or neck pain products.

    Posture Pump® Relieves Painful Neck and Back Stiffness, Headaches and Fatigue, Shapes & Restores the Proper Neck Curve, & Decompresses & Hydrates Compressed, Damaged Discs. To view our back pain products click here and to view our neck pain products click here.

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  • How Tech Neck/Texting Neck Affects Your Spine

    woman textingTexting: It’s just a harmless, fun, and fast way to stay in touch with friends and family.  You get so many texts on a daily basis, you hardly think twice when you bend your head over your smartphone, furiously typing your answer back.
    But did you know that this seemingly innocuous habit could be one of the biggest causes of your neck and back pain?
    According to an article published in Surgical Technology International, the average person juts their head forward between 15 to 60 degrees to read and respond to texts on a phone.  The amount of force exerted on the neck is surprising: if you bend your head down by 15 degrees, you’re putting 27 pounds of pressure on your neck.  At the opposite end of the spectrum, you’re placing a whopping 60 pounds of pressure on your neck if you’re bending your head by sixty degrees.
    To put that in perspective, that’s the average weight of an eight-year-old.  And if you’re texting non-stop – well, you might as well just give piggyback rides at the playground.
    Think you don’t text much?  Think again: The average American spends about an hour on their smartphones each day.  Whether it’s texting friends or reading an article on the train to work, this constant activity can add up to serious neck and back pain.

    Texting Hurts Spine
    Photo from Kenneth K. Hansraj, MD, Chief of Spine Surgery , New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine

    So how can you reduce the amount of pressure you exert on your neck?

    • Limit the amount of time you spend on your smartphone. Designate certain times of the day for responding to texts.  Minimize these times as much as possible, as this can help reduce the amount of pressure on your neck.
    • Hold your phone up more toward your face. If you hold it at eye level, you can reduce the amount of pressure on your neck.
    • Strengthen your back and neck muscles. Get 30 minutes of cardio activity each day, followed by light strength training.

    In addition to these tips, you can visit www.PosturePump.com.

    Posture Pump® is an online retail leader specializing in neck and back-related pain productsPosture Pump® products are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate the spine, which can help alleviate the symptoms caused by neck and back conditions.  With all the Texting, Smartphone, Gaming and Computer Use happening on a daily basis, Hunched Posture, Chronic Headaches, and Spinal Degenerative Changes Common in the Elderly, are NOW seen early in life! Help Counteract the Harmful and Damaging Effects of Tech Neck/Texting Neck with Posture Pump®!

    Posture Pump® Relieves Painful Neck and Back Stiffness, Headaches and Fatigue, Shapes & Restores the Proper Neck Curve, & Decompresses & Hydrates Compressed, Damaged Discs. To view our back pain products click here and to view our neck pain products click here.

    Visit our website at www.posturepump.com.

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