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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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    © 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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  • Neck & Back Pain: Prescription Drug Abuse

    Neck & Back Pain: Prescription Drug Abuse

    When dealing with chronic neck or back pain, one can easily develop a dependency on powerful opioids. When the neck and back are compromised, it doesn’t take long for day-to-day activities to also be impacted. The pain may start from the neck, radiating all the way down to the lower back, or may be limited to one area or the other. This prolonged kind of pain can make simple tasks in life feel like an uphill struggle, and can become quite draining. Solutions to relieving neck pain can seem limited, and individuals are often influenced by the "quick fix" promise of painkillers. However, this can often lead to the development of a symbiotic relationship with prescription drugs.

    Characteristics of Addiction

    Addiction is a behavioral and psychological condition that exhibits a strong craving or compulsion to over-attend to one’s desires, thus creating a dependency. Sometimes, individuals don’t realize when they have created an attachment to something, whether that be a controlled substance, an object, or any kind of activity. One can then convince him/herself to view certain behaviors as the norm, accepting and adapting them into their daily routine, potentially discrediting the reality of addiction.

    Here are some common indicators of addiction:

    1. Withholding updates: Limited communication with doctor about medication usage and/or updates of effects
    2. Misusing medication: You find yourself using the medication other than for it's intended use
    3. Creating own directions: Not taking medicine as directed
    4. Escaping life responsibilities: The amount of usage has led to foregoing responsibilities, daily activities, etc.

    Becoming addicted to prescriptions may cloud one's judgment, overshadowing the drug's initial intended use. The actual requirement of the opiate may have already been met, but one's body may be deceivingly saying otherwise due to an increased tolerance. Tolerance is developed from long-term use of a drug, leading to a need for a stronger dosage. This is a mental and physical trigger of the addiction, causing an “I need more” reaction. In truth, reaching this point is more of a warning sign to decrease the habit and possibly find alternative solutions to the pain.

    Conversely, abruptly stopping one's medication can have physical side effects. Withdrawal symptoms occur when use of the drug is reduced or stopped within a short period of time. Withdrawal symptoms from prescription painkillers can include flu-like symptoms, and can last anywhere from 24 hours to upwards of 10 days. The severity and duration of withdrawals varies depending on an individual's  level of dependency on the substance – length of time abusing the drug, amount of use, etc. It's important to be aware of these risks when researching pain relief sources.

    Some Stats

    According to the 2016 National Study on Drug Use and Health, the most abused prescription drug falls under painkillers, with 3.3 million users. The U.S. consumes about 80 percent of the world’s prescription drugs. This is indicative of how susceptible many  are to becoming dependent on medications. The power of influence is a strong force in our society, because of how common it is for many to resort to painkillers, thus becoming addicted.

    It IS okay to use prescription painkillers!

    With moderate to severe back or neck pain, it is important to explore all medication options. This is especially true if the pain is chronic. It is okay to use prescription painkillers! This may be the most effective treatment for you. Your Healthcare Professional will make the best recommendation of treatment,  and will thoroughly examine your pain. It is important to be honest about what you are experiencing – location and intensity of pain – and your medical history. Your family medical history is also vital to the Doctor’s diagnoses; They must have a clear understanding of the potential risks/side effects from the prescribed medication. It's important to follow up with your Doctor if you experience changes/side effects of any new prescription.

    What Are My Options?

    Alternate solutions to prescription drugs are quickly gaining traction, such as controlled exercises, alternatives to sitting desks in offices, and at-home tools like Posture Pump® Disc Hydrators®!

    Posture Pump® specializes in neck and back-related pain products. These Disc Hydrators® are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate the spine, which can help alleviate many symptoms caused by neck and back conditions. These at-home products help shape and restore the Cervical Curve, restore range of motion, and get to the cause of neck and back pain and stiffness fast!

    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.

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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.

    Article Cited Sources:

    https://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/prescription/opioids-and-morphine-derivatives-effects.html

    https://www.spineuniverse.com/treatments/medication/opioids-severe-back-pain-neck-pain

    https://americanaddictioncenters.org/withdrawal-timelines-treatments/

    https://northamericanspine.com/neck-pain-treatment-addiction/

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  • Exercises For Poor Posture

    Poor Posture Exercises

     

    “Posture is important!” “Sit/stand up straight!” “Shoulders Back!” Do any of these statements sound familiar? You’ve probably heard at least one of them in your life. Like it or not, your posture says a lot about you. It can play a huge role in the way you’re perceived by the outside world. For instance, good posture can denote confidence, vitality, trustworthiness, and professionalism. Conversely, poor posture can often imply low self esteem, lack of respect, and/or self-doubt.

    Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in a mirror or window and noticed that, maybe, you weren’t standing as tall as you could be? In that moment, you may make a quick adjustment to your stance and keep walking, but let’s face it: Nobody is acutely aware of their posture 24/7. That’s simply not realistic. it’s worth noting that everyday activities, like constantly looking down at your smartphone, or leaning forward at a computer for a prolonged period, can quickly turn into bad habits that wreak havoc on the neck and back.

    Forward Head Posture, a byproduct of those aforementioned regular activities, doesn’t just create a superficial slumped appearance. This type of forward tilt can cause painful stiffness in the upper/mid/lower back, neck, and shoulders, decreased height, headaches/migraines, and even muscle spasms.

    Technology isn’t going anywhere, so it’s increasingly important to incorporate healthy posture habits into our everyday lives to help “dump the hump.” The good news is, there are a variety of exercises and stretches that can help to not only improve posture, but potentially ease that accompanying pain/stiffness as well! See our highlighted picks below:

    1. Twisted Crunch: In addition to strengthening posture, this exercise also works your abdominal/oblique muscles.

    How To Do It: While lying with your back flat to the ground and your knees bent, place both hands behind your head. Then, raise your upper body into a crunch position, and begin by rotating your left shoulder to your right. Then, simply repeat this sequence, this time, rotating your right shoulder to your left.

    2. Back Extensions: This exercise helps to strengthen the back, providing a solid foundation for improved posture.

    How To Do It: Lying on your stomach, place both arms either at your sides, or in front of you, keeping one hand on top of the other. Place your chin on top of your hands. Begin by lifting your feet off the floor about 2 inches, while also lifting your upper body as high off the ground as you’re comfortably able. Hold this stretch for a few seconds, then release, and repeat the sequence. Note. It’s important to keep your chin lifted without hyper-extending your neck, or, pushing the neck too far backward.

    3. Shoulder Rolls: This is a simple exercise that eases tension and stiffness from being in a prolonged forward leaning seated position and improves posture.

    How To Do It: Either in a seated or standing position, inhale, then bring your shoulders up towards your ears, rolling them backward and then back down. Repeat this sequence several times. Tip* If you're able, try using hand weights with this exercise to take it to the next level!

    4. Seated Twist: One of the most effective and easy posture exercises.

    How To Do It: In a straight seated position on an exercise ball, extend your arms out in front of you. Then, simply twist to the right, come back to center, and then twist to the left. You’ll know you’re doing this correctly when you feel the stretch in your oblique muscles with each twist. Tip* If you're able, try using hand weights with this exercise to take it to the next level!

    5. Posture Pump® Disc Hydrators®: Posture Pump® Neck and Back Disc Hydrators® gently decompress, shape, and hydrate the discs in your neck and back. When the neck and back lose their natural curved shape, the soft discs that are in between the vertebrae become compressed, and rich lubricating fluid is unable to penetrate and hydrate the discs.  This causes premature aging in the form of stiff dry joints and a forward, slumped appearance. Posture Pump® counteracts that by lifting, stretching, decompressing, hydrating and shaping the neck and back into its “vital” natural curved shape.

     

    Posture Pump® Neck And Back Disc Hydrators®:
    • Help to Relieve Painful Neck and Back Stiffness, Headaches and Fatigue
    • Shape & Restore the Proper Postural Curves of the Neck and Back
    • Decompress & Hydrate Compressed Discs
    • Decrease Disc Bulging
    • Improve Flexibility and Range of Motion
    • Lightweight, Easy to Operate & Travel With
    • Made in the USA & Built to Last
    • Employs 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.

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  • Loss of Neck Curve: The Source of Neck and Back Pain

    Wondering what the source of your mysterious neck and back pain might be?  It turns out that the curve in your neck might be causing those aches and pains – or rather, the loss of a healthy neck curve.The loss of a cervical curve – also known as cervical kyphosis – is a condition that’s caused by bad posture. Everyone should have a curve in their neck, as it helps keep the body balanced.  What’s more, this small curve helps the head stay balanced on top of the spine, thus preventing it from falling forward.  When a person slouches or juts their head too far forward, the curve is diminished. This can cause significant strain and pain for the neck muscles. In some severe causes, this can even cause paralysis.

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    When bad posture is maintained for too long, this leads to the development of cervical kyphosis. This condition describes the process that occurs when the neck curve begins to straighten. In some causes, the neck curve can actually reverse, causing significant spinal issues.

    How do you know if you have cervical kyphosis?  Take a look at the following symptoms:

    - Chronic neck pain

    - Headaches

    - Reduced range of motion in the neck

    - Weakness in the arms and legs

    - Loss of grip strength

    - Difficulty walking

    - Difficulty with bladder and bowels

    - From the side, your ear canal does not line up with your shoulder

    In extreme cases, paralysis from the neck down can occur. If you suspect you have cervical kyphosis, it’s important to make an appointment with a chiropractor. During this appointment, your chiropractor can take X-rays, go through a physical examination, and perform other tests to determine your diagnosis and, if necessary, your treatment options.

    That’s precisely where the Posture Pump® Dual Disc Hydrator® comes into play! Posture Pump® shapes and restores the cervical curve, which is vital to maintaining good posture. Posture Pump® is an online retailer that specializes in neck and back-related pain products.  Posture Pump® products are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate the spine, which can help alleviate the symptoms caused by neck and back conditions. Posture Pump® shapes and restores the cervical curve, restores ranges of motion, and gets to the cause of neck and back pain stiffness fast!

    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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