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6 Tips for Buying a Mattress (And Sleeping Well)

6 Tips for Buying a Mattress (And Sleeping Well)
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Consider the importance and value of a good night’s sleep (beyond the price tag) when you are looking for a new mattress. Your back will thank you.

A 2011 study by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) reports that 41% of women and 36% of men claimed their back pain was caused by a poor night’s sleep. The pain can often be attributed to the firmness, size, or the offered back support of the mattress. If you’ve ever woken up with a sore neck or back, you may want to evaluate the quality of your mattress. Your mattress can play an important role in maintaining your MSK health. Here are a few tips to consider when making a purchase. 

When to replace your mattress

Waking up from slumber with a sore back on repeated occasions can be a sign that it is time to switch to a newer mattress. Typically, it is said that after 10 years, the bed will begin to deteriorate, which is the best time to consider buying a new one.

What size do I need?

Mattress size depends on the number and size of people sleeping on the bed; therefore, consider the following1,2:

  1. Buy a mattress that provides the proper support for your entire body and promotes good posture.
  2. The sleeper’s spine should lay parallel and not sag in any area because the bed is too soft, or bow because the bed is too hard.
  3. The mattress should be six inches longer than the tallest person sleeping in the bed.
  4. The width of the bed should allow enough space for the person’s pillow and even for a person to put their hands behind their head without their elbows touching any other person sleeping.
  5. If the person is a restless sleeper, it is recommended that the bed be wider to accommodate some tossing and turning.
  6. Take time to try out the bed before you buy and see if it’s right for you.

There are many options to consider when it comes to purchasing a mattress. Make sure to take the time to explore and do your research, especially if you are looking for specific features to meet your needs. A good night’s rest is important for your MSK health and ensures you can continue doing your daily activities. Consider these tips for your next mattress—your back depends on it!

 

References

1 British Chiropractic Association, Mind Your Posture When Buying a Bed, http://www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk/gfx/uploads/member%20area/New%20posture%20sheets/Mind%20your%20posture%20-%20buying%20a%20bed%20-%20sleep.pdf

2 Utah State University, Selecting a Comfortable Mattress, http://www.sleep-mart.com/utah.pdf
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What is Whiplash? How do I treat WHIPLASH?

What is Whiplash? How do I treat WHIPLASH?
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How to Recover from Whiplash?

Research indicates that successful whiplash recovery requires patient co-operation and active efforts to resume daily activity. The treating health care professional will assess your whiplash injuries, and discuss options for treatment and control of pain. Although prescription medications are usually unnecessary, temporary use of a mild over-the-counter medication may be suggested, in addition to ice or heat. Some whiplash sufferers are reluctant to return to activity, but if your health professional advises it – get active.

Daily Activities

  • Continuing normal activities is important to recovery.
  • Injured muscles can stiffen up and weaken if they are not used, which will only add to pain and delay your recovery.
  • Returning to normal activity can also be assisted by active treatment and exercise. Physical exercise releases chemicals in the body that can help reduce pain in a natural way.
  • Cervical collars or neck braces are not usually recommended, as they have shown little benefit.

Get Moving

  • Avoid sitting in one position for too long.
  • Stand up and stretch from time to time, whether you are watching TV or sitting at your computer.
  • When you are at your workstation, sit so that the upper part of your arm rests close to your body and make sure your back and feet are well supported.
  • If you are well enough to drive again, adjust the car seat so that your elbows and knees are loosely bent.

When to Rest

  • Avoid contact sports or strenuous exercise for the first few weeks after your injury, to prevent further aggravation.
  • Ask your health professional about alternate recreational, sports or fitness activities you can do while you heal.
  • Make your sleeping area as comfortable as you can. Your pillow should be adjusted to support your neck at a comfortable height.

And remember: stay connected to family, friends and co-workers to avoid the blues, and focus on getting on with your life, rather than focusing on the injury.

What are Conservative Treatment options for Whiplash? 

Our clinic offers the following treatment options for whiplash associated disorders due to car accidents and other traumatic injuries.  Please note the list is not exhaustive of all treatment options that are beneficial.

Manual Chiropractic Adjustments
Soft Tissue/Trigger Point Therapy
Medical Acupuncture
Joint Mobilizations
Electrotherapy(IFC & Tens)

Ultrasound
Manual Traction
Laser Therapy
Ergonomic Advice
Lifestyle & Nutrition Support

Graston Technique Therapy
Strength & Conditioning
Personalized & Progressive Programs

We can help!  Please contact us to book an appointment for your initial assessment.  We will discuss treatment options for your case.

Shared by Dr. Luciano Di Loreto, HBSc., D.C. & Associates

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Dr. Luciano Di Loreto graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (2010) as a Doctor of Chiropractic and obtained a certificate in Medical Acupuncture at McMaster University (2010). At his practice located in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Luciano Di Loreto combines evidence-based chiropractic care with a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to health care. He is an approachable, passionate, and diligent practitioner with a focus on delivering exceptional acute, preventative, rehabilitative and supportive care for a variety conditions relating to the muscle, nerve, and bone. During his spare time, Dr. Luciano Di Loreto takes pleasure in spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys fishing and playing sports.

Fit for Life Wellness & Rehabilitation Centre is a health clinic located in Vaughan, Ontario, just north of Major Mackenzie on Weston Road (Located in the Vellore Medical Centre & Walk In Clinic at 10395 Weston Road, Unit A., Woodbridge Ontario L4H 3T4). If you have questions for Dr. Luciano Di Loreto & Associates, please comment or email us and we will get right back to you promptly with information on your conditions/concerns.

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Text Neck, Stiff Neck, Neck Spasm…What a pain in the neck!

Text Neck, Stiff Neck, Neck Spasm…What a pain in the neck!
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Our modern digital age has brought us many conveniences. BlackBerry devices, iPhones, Samsung, tablets and e-readers allow us to communicate and be entertained with the push of a button. Technology can improve our quality of life, but it comes with a price: being huddled over devices for long period of times can do more harm than good.

Using certain devices for extended periods of time can easily lead to neck strain, headaches, and pain in the shoulders, arms and hands. Anyone who has used a cellphone or tablet for an extensive amount of time has probably experienced the peculiar strain it puts on your upper body. These conditions even have their own name now: Text Neck.

Here are some simple strategies to help shut down text neck strain:

Take frequent breaks

Taking frequent breaks and looking up from your device can provide your neck with some relief from the pressure of looking down.

Sit up straight

It is important to sit up straight while texting. This way you can maintain good posture, relieving your back and shoulders from the strain of being hunched over.

Hold the phone a little higher

Holding the phone closer to eye level helps maintain a healthy posture and puts less strain on the neck.

Stretch

Be sure to stretch often between long periods of extended use of devices. You can rotate your shoulders with your arms by your sides to relieve tension. You can also tuck your chin down to your neck and then look up – this helps to relieve some of the tension in your neck built from the common forward-down position you adopt when looking at your device.

Treatment

Many patients come to our clinic concerned about neck pain, neck spasm and even poor neck posture.  We can help! Neck mobilizations, soft tissue therapy and heat can help loosen and realign the neck into proper position.   Our chiropractor, physiotherapy and registered massage therapists are all trained to assist patients with neck pain and related health concerns.

Shared by Dr. Luciano Di Loreto, HBSc., D.C. & Associates

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Dr. Luciano Di Loreto graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (2010) as a Doctor of Chiropractic and obtained a certificate in Medical Acupuncture at McMaster University (2010). At his practice located in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Luciano Di Loreto combines evidence-based chiropractic care with a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to health care. He is an approachable, passionate, and diligent practitioner with a focus on delivering exceptional acute, preventative, rehabilitative and supportive care for a variety conditions relating to the muscle, nerve, and bone. During his spare time, Dr. Luciano Di Loreto takes pleasure in spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys fishing and playing sports.

Fit for Life Wellness & Rehabilitation Centre is a health clinic located in Vaughan, Ontario, just north of Major Mackenzie on Weston Road (Located in the Vellore Medical Centre & Walk In Clinic). If you have questions for Dr. Luciano Di Loreto, please comment and we will get right back to you promptly with information on your conditions/concerns.

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