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  • Understanding Degenerative Joint Disease

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    Degenerative joint disease (otherwise known as osteoarthritis) has long been considered a normal part of the aging process.  After all, over 20 million Americans suffer from degenerative joint disease pain – but that doesn’t mean that you have to accept the pain that comes hand-in-hand with osteoarthritis.

    This joint disease impacts the cartilage within the spine, joints, and anywhere else where bone joints meet. The cartilage is comprised of a springy soft tissue that’s designed to absorb everyday impact, much like the shocks on a car. Cartilage also helps the bones effortlessly slide against each other, which minimizes any discomfort or pain.

    Degenerative joint disease causes a breakdown in the cartilage, which means that bones are more likely to rub against one another.  What’s more, a loss of cartilage makes it much more uncomfortable to move around, as your bones are experiencing more of the shocks that would have otherwise been absorbed by cartilage. The end result can produce the most common symptoms of degenerative joint disease, including the following:

    - Pain
    - Discomfort in the joint
    - Swelling of the joints
    - Joint stiffness
    - Loss of motion
    - A crunching sensation in the joints (bones rubbing against each other)
    - Decreased quality of life

    Surprisingly, research has shown that degenerative joint disease doesn’t have to be considered a “normal” part of the aging process.  The following risk factors are more likely to increase your odds of suffering from degenerative joint disease:

    - Genetics, or family history
    - Lack of exercise
    - Being overweight
    - History of joint injuries

    If you carry any of the risk factors for degenerative joint disease, you don’t have to suffer or rely on over-the-counter medication to ease the pain.  Posture Pump® is a doctor-trusted online retailer that specializes in neck and back pain products.  Posture Pump® products are designed to decompress, shape, and lubricate the spine, which can help ease the symptoms of degenerative joint disease.

    Posture Pump® products can help sufferers increase their quality of life, as well as improve joint pain and discomfort.  What’s more, Posture Pump® products can help relieve pain associated with degenerative joint disease, including neck and head pain.

    Check out our products today to see which are recommended by doctors to treat and ease pain associated with degenerative joint disease.

    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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  • 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.

    Posture Pump MRI

    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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  • 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.

    "Posture Pump Disc Hydrator During Medical Traction"

    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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  • What Affects Your Posture?

    Remember how your mother used to remind you to sit up straight?  It turns out, she wasn’t just reminding you of good manners; she was actually looking out for your posture.

    Poor Posture

    Since humans decided to stand on two feet, our posture has played an important role in the overall health of a person.  Posture provides a sound glimpse of both physical and emotional health issues that a person could be facing.  For example, if someone’s slumped over or has bad posture, you might be quick to assume that person lacks confidence or strength.  If a person stands up or sits up straight, you’re likely to think of that person as confident, capable, and friendly.

    We’re hardwired to look at a person’s posture for a quick assessment of his or her health.  As it turns out, we’re right to do so, as the positioning of each vertebrae in the spine is determined by a person’s skeletal alignment.  This alignment can be impacted by a number of health issues, and even by a person’s mental or emotional well-being.

     

    So what affects your posture – and what can you do to correct poor posture?

      - Your general spinal health can impact your posture. Spinal diseases can play a critical role in the alignment of your spine.  Spinal injuries can also throw off spinal alignment, leading to poor posture.

      - Biomechanical forces can, over long periods of time, impact your spinal health. For example, if you sit slouched over at work all day or you slump while you’re on the computer, it’s likely that your spine is becoming misshapen due to repeated and exaggerated positioning.

      - The strength and flexibility of the muscles surrounding the spine can also play a role on spinal alignment. The stronger those back muscles are, the more easy it is to ensure proper posture.

      - Other ways your posture can be impacted include injury, sleeping patterns, and other health conditions.

    Normal Neck and Compressed Neck

    So what can you do if you have poor posture?  Simply check out our products!

    Posture Pump® is an online retailer that specializes 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. 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.

    Visit our website at www.posturepump.com.

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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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