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Mattresses are Important!

When choosing a new mattress, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. The first is that a good quality foam, or a denser population of springs are crucial. The main idea is that every area of your body should have its own support- some parts sink lower than others and should all be held properly.

Posted: 03/12/2018
By: Ben

Safe Lifting!

It may seem like Health & Safety gone mad but it’s very important to lift properly! It’s just not worth chancing it, as many back-pain-sufferers will tell you. In general, don’t attempt anything you think may be too heavy on your own (of course). Bend your knees and hips rather than your spine. Keep loads as close to your body as possible. Or ask somebody bigger and stronger!

Posted: 29/11/2018
By: Ben

Did You Know There's a Link Between Back Pain and.... Smoking?!

While it may not seem immediately apparent, there is a link becoming more and more likely between being a smoker and suffering from chronic back pain. This is probably due to the reduction of the integrity of the tissues and the body’s ability to repair itself. We all know that it’s not a good idea to smoke, but this specific set of findings may just help to boost the desire to quit once and for all! Source

Posted: 19/11/2018
By: Ben

Do You Know How to Use a Pillow?

Having a good night’s sleep is crucial to good health. The pillow you use should support your neck in as neutral a position as possible whether you’re on your side or your back. Modern contoured pillows are ideal as they will support you in either position. You need one which keeps your neck supported when you’re comfortable, so a bit of measurement, and trial and error is usually the way forward!

Posted: 15/11/2018
By: Ben

Water, Water Everywhere!

Water is incredibly important to our health. Drink it every day- don't simply substitute it with soft drink or caffinated drinks!

Posted: 06/11/2018
By: Ben

Want to Know How to Sit Properly?

It’s very important to sit comfortably, whether at work or at home or anywhere you are sedentary for long periods. If your feet don’t touch the floor, then the weight of your legs will pull the top of your pelvis forward (using the quad muscle group) which will increase and stress the lumbar curve. Always use a foot-rest or even just a stack of books to make sure that there’s no forward pulling.

Posted: 03/11/2018
By: Ben

Want To Know an Easy Way to Reduce Back Pain?

Whilst it can be comfortable for a period of time, crossing your legs as a habitual seated posture isn't recommended as it causes over-stretching of the pelvic joints over time. This can lead to dysfunction in the pelvis which can cause pelvic and lumbar pain. Try to sit in a balanced way with an even distribution of weight and save the leg-crossing for specific stretches!

Posted: 30/10/2018
By: Ben

Did You Know There's A Link Between Back Pain and Smoking?

While it may not seem immediately apparent, there is a link becoming more and more likely between being a smoker and suffering from chronic back pain. This is probably due to the reduction of the integrity of the tissues and the body’s ability to repair itself. We all know that it’s not a good idea to smoke, but this specific set of findings may just help to boost the desire to quit once and for all! Source

Posted: 29/10/2018
By: Ben

Mattresses are Important!

When choosing a new mattress, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. The first is that a good quality foam, or a denser population of springs are crucial. The main idea is that every area of your body should have its own support- some parts sink lower than others and should all be held properly.

Posted: 08/10/2018
By: Ben

Want to Know a Great Way to Supplement Weight Loss?

New research finds that eating nuts helps with weight loss.  A study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, analysed diet and lifestyle data drawn from almost 400,000 Europeans over 5 years. 

Posted: 01/10/2018
By: Ben

Don't Be Sedentary!

A sedentary lifestyle is a recipe for poor health. A modern lifestyle can lead toward being chained to a desk and spending hours in traffic. It is vitally important that we all take the opportunity to walk and stretch regularly throughout the day. Make it a habit to leave your desk regularly!

Posted: 15/09/2018
By: Ben

Do You Know the (Potentially) Best Colour for Vegetables?

We all should be eating more vegetables and fruit. Something to not miss out on is the high antioxidant content of purple vegetables. They're good for us! They seem to have a restorative effect on the body and help with heart and liver health.

Posted: 30/08/2018
By: Ben

Want to Know the Best Way to Snack?

If you find that you cannot get through the day without resorting to consuming a chocolate bar or two, or half a packet of biscuits, then you may need to rethink your strategy. There are many reasons why people may snack- hunger, boredom and habit are three biggies. A big factor in what you'll eat is convenience- make more healthy foods easily available. Try nuts and seeds instead of sweets- they'll fill you more effectively without the sugar high and inevitable drop. If you have to snack, be sure to do it sensibly!

Posted: 16/08/2018
By: Ben

Have You Though Much About Pillows?

Having a good night’s sleep is crucial to good health. The pillow you use should support your neck in as neutral a position as possible whether you’re on your side or your back. Modern contoured pillows are ideal as they will support you in either position. You need one which keeps your neck supported when you’re comfortable, so a bit of measurement, and trial and error is usually the way forward!

Posted: 06/08/2018
By: Ben

Want to Know One of the Best Ways to Stay Healthy?

Ensure that you nourish your body properly. Being deficient in certain minerals or vitamins will mean that your body doesn’t have the building blocks it needs to maintain proper bone mass and tissue health. Eat a balanced diet- as much fresh food as possible - don’t live on microwave meals!

Posted: 09/07/2018
By: Ben

Think That Diet Drinks Can Help You To Lose Weight?

Research (link here) has shown that people who drink diet soda in an attempt to reduce calorie-intake and lose weight are more likely to consume more calories from food that other dieters who don't. The bigger picture is important- there are no short-cuts to weight-loss! 

Posted: 05/07/2018
By: Ben

How Important is Your Mattress?

When choosing a new mattress, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. The first is that a good quality foam, or a denser population of springs are crucial. The main idea is that every area of your body should have its own support- some parts sink lower than others and should all be held properly.

Posted: 29/06/2018
By: Ben

Want to Improve Your Neck Function?

Having a good night’s sleep is crucial to good health. The pillow you use should support your neck in as neutral a position as possible whether you’re on your side or your back. Modern contoured pillows are ideal as they will support you in either position. You need one which keeps your neck supported when you’re comfortable, so a bit of measurement, and trial and error is usually the way forward!

Posted: 14/06/2018
By: Ben

How Much Sun Is Too Much?

When it comes to sun exposure, it's important to take a moderate approach. Too much can damage our skin (and different skin colours will alter how much sun-time is too much), and too little may leave us deficient in vitamin D. As the summer's coming up, we must be sensible with our sun-loving!

Posted: 12/06/2018
By: Ben

Want to Know the Link Between Smoking and Back Pain?

While it may not seem immediately apparent, there is a link becoming more and more likely between being a smoker and suffering from chronic back pain. This is probably due to the reduction of the integrity of the tissues and the body’s ability to repair itself. We all know that it’s not a good idea to smoke, but this specific set of findings may just help to boost the desire to quit once and for all! Source

Posted: 07/06/2018
By: Ben

Want to Know the Best Way to Lift?

Try to avoid having an assymmetrical load, or one that's too heavy. Try splitting the load or wearing a backpack. It'll reduce the strain on your spine! Do your best to avoid bending foward and simultaneously twisting- it's a poor combination for your spine, especially if you then lift a load.

Posted: 04/06/2018
By: Ben

Want a Great Way to Improve Your Balance?

Our balance is key to keeping us upright, doing the things we love. As we age, our sense of balance can worsen unless we challenge it. Good and simple ways to do this include consistent, small exercises like stnading on one leg while you brush your teeth, and 'writing' the alphabet in the air with your foot while you sit (both lower- and upper-case). These simple things will keep your ankles working as well as possible, as you're training them to improve constantly throughout your lifetime.

Posted: 17/05/2018
By: Ben

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