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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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  • 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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