8/25/2014

I'm A Stomach Sleeper? Is The Pillow For Me?

The special "V" design of the pillow helps to hold one on their back.  Stomach sleeping isn't great for your neck.  I do see patients that sleep on their stomach, and they will be in periodically with the complaint of neck pain.

We don't have the range of motion we once did when we were 2 years old.  You know how you see babies on their belly all the time... For adults however, it is difficult to maintain a 90 degree turn of the neck for most of the night.

This is why those individuals will present every so often with a neck issue.  The traction pillow actually will help one stay on their back.  It is for back or side sleepers and has helped many with this issue.

Additional Reading:
1) By more get money off!
2) Pillow and the Testimonials...
3) Sleeping Neck Posture

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8/18/2014

Sleep Hygiene - Whats That?


Sleep hygiene is just what the words imply...Essentially we want you to have good sleep habits.

Do you relax before bed? Don't be on the computer working right up until bed time.  Make sure you turn your mind down, maybe listening to relaxing music or taking a hot bath.

Is your room sleep friendly?  Is your bedroom dark and quiet, like it should be, or are there flashing lights and ring tones constantly going off?

Do you refrain from eating a lot before bed, and/or eating or drinking certain beverages.  An example may be coffee or caffeine, or maybe sugar.   If you have that hot fudge sunday, it's okay, just don't do it immediately before hitting the sack.

Do you go to bed at a similar time each night, and do you sleep a similar amount of time?  Going to bed and waking at all different times can really throw the body and therefore wreak havoc on the way you sleep.

Last, but not least, have you found a good pillow that lasts?  If not, try the Arc4Life traction pillow.  In other words, The Cervical Linear Traction Neck Pillow; you'll be happy you did...



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8/11/2014

Are You Doing Crunches Correctly?

After doing certain exercises, such as crunches, many people complain about neck pain or discomfort. Oftentimes, this results from the way that they do these crunches. Most people do crunches by placing their hands over their ears or behind their heads and then bringing their heads towards their knees. However, in the process, they accidentally end up pulling by their neck as opposed to only using their abdominal muscles. This ends up causing the individual great pain and discomfort, and it can often discourage that person from exercising further.
         

Fortunately, this pain and discomfort in the neck during crunches can be avoided easily. Instead of pulling the neck forward with the hands behind the head, place your hands elsewhere. For example, cross them over your chest or place them gently over the ears. By doing so, you will prevent yourself from using your neck to pull yourself forward. Instead, you will focus on using your abdominal muscles and will get a better exercise overall. 

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8/04/2014

Is It Normal To Use Different Pillows?

It is normal to use different pillows on different nights when you sleep? Many customers swear by their traction pillow, and won't use any thing else. Let's just say your spouse takes yours (An issue we've seen quite often actually), it won't kill you to go back to your old pillow. You may have to bunch it a bit more under your neck. Once you and your neck realize the support that should be there, it sometimes can be difficult. So bunch the pillow there, even roll a small towel up to get the neck roll. You can sometimes put this right in the pillow case.

The best thing however, is to just get another one. This way everyone is happy, and is ensured a good nights sleep.  Many times a pillow can cost you well over on hundred  dollars; that being said, the arc4life traction pillow is very affordable.  Chances are that you won't have to replace it very often, if at all, but if you do, it's not the end of the world...

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7/29/2014

Healthy Seeds You May Have Heard About, But Are Still A Big Question Mark...

Healthy seeds:

Chia seeds - these guys are everywhere now. Early civilizations knew some of the great benefits, such as high fiber and protein. Theses guys are also great energy boosters. To eat them, just sprinkle over what your eating. I put a couple table spoons in a protein shake I make.

My mother-in-law gave us a couple different kinds, one was black and white, one was blackish. I've learned they may have slightly different qualities but very similar.

Hemp seeds - I remember seeing Woody Harrelson taunting hemp at one time. They make clothes and everything else out of hemp but let's talk about the seeds.

Known as a "complete protein", these seeds can also be added to anything. Another great thing is that they taste good too. In fact, adding any of these seeds to your yogurt or oatmeal gives some nice flavor.

Flax seeds - definitely high in fiber and omega 3's. These little guys are also know to have a good amount of magnesium. Lastly, let's not for get about lignan content and all of their antioxidant qualities.

I've now seen these in a pill form or actually in a bottle (flax seed oil). Knowing this, you can actually pour the oil right into you shake or juice.


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7/23/2014

Why Did My Injection Only Give Me Temporary Relief?

Those injections are only a medication.  They are given in a stronger dose and possibly injected directly to the necessary area.  Like any other mediation it may wear off, your body becomes somewhat tolerant to it, inflammation returns, all of the above, and/or spinal misalignments may be the root cause.

Also, like any other medication, they should not be continuously given due to some nasty side effects.  Steroid injections often weaken the bone, which can end up being a worse condition than you are dealing with.  I recall years ago how the doctor may give a number of these shots every year.  I remember someone who had six in less than a year.  Now they actually only allow three per year.  This gives us a little warning not to abuse these shot but to use them to precipitate healing, which should be continued with another therapy.

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7/19/2014

Stretching For Neck Flexibility!

Keeping the neck muscles loose and limber is important for neck motion.  Just like any other muscle in the body, we also don't want extreme pain and stiffness.
Here's a doctor showing us a great neck stretch you can easily do.

Many of us sit at a desk, on a computer, most of the day.  Having some neck stretches we can do without even leaving your work station can be extremely valuable.


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Additional Reading:
1. More Neck Stretches
2. Neck Stretches to Do At Work
3. How To Stretch Guide
4. All-In-One Neck Stretch
5. Fast & Easy Pain Reducing Stretches
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