Help! Back Pain Keeps Me Up at Night

Athlete with back painEver woke up and thought you felt you wrestled a large animal in the night? Have you had your back so sore and stiff, you retrace what you did the day before? These are common signs your back is keeping you up at night, and you need to evaluate how you sleep or prepare to sleep, to get a good night’s rest. Chances are these tips will help you alleviate back pain so you can sleep at night.

6 Tips for Alleviating Back Pain

  1. Put a pillow between your knees. A little fun fact for your back and hips. If you put a pillow between your knees, you take the pressure off your back and hips so you can rest. A very easy task with great results.
  2. Put a pillow top or egg crate top on your mattress. There are times when you change the cover on your mattress, and you are pleasantly surprised. By adding a foam egg crate to the top of your bed, you can eliminate back pain. This is not the answer for everyone, but if you are not comfortable on your mattress, then give it a shot.
  3. Keep your neck in a neutral position. By not having your neck twisted and turned awkwardly, you can relax and sleep. When your neck is not neutral, you open the door for not only neck pain, but back pain for the next day. Now is the time to invest in a pillow that eliminates the gap between your neck and back.
  4. Invest in a firm mattress. The rule in mattress purchasing is you find the firmest mattress and go down a notch or two. You don’t have to have the hardest, firmest bed, but one that is firm is best for your back. Otherwise your back gets bent and feels tired when you wake up, and you have not even started your day!
  5. Establish a routine for bed. If you are going to bed the same time, or relatively the same time each night, your body responds. Your body likes the system of a routine and muscles will relax so you can rest. A routine on bedtime helps keep your body on track and let it relax so you can sleep and not have a stiff back in the morning.
  6. Time to meditate. This is the easiest solution with great results. If you spend 5-10 minutes before bed just meditating and relaxing, you will be surprised how great your back will feel in the morning. Meditation gets a bum wrap, but it a very effective tool to keep your back and core healthy.

Tired of not getting rest at night? Maybe you should try one of the techniques above.

The other day we had a mom come in the store who could not stand still because her back hurt badly. We recommended TheraBeads so she could get instant relief. Stop in New Visions Medical in Coldwater today to get help on your back pain.

 

For the month of September we also have $50.00 off LaserTouchOne and BioFreeze is marked down. Stop by and see what we can do to help you with your pain management.

The Truth Behind Muscle Soreness: 4 Signs You Might Need Medical Attention

Muscle injury with the thighMuscle aches and pains are common and usually involve more than one muscle. Usually a muscle pain is associated with overuse, tension, or muscle injury from exercise or a large amount of stress from a physical work in your job.  However, sometimes a muscle pain can be more than it seems. When do you know to contact a medical professional and that the pain is more than just a sore muscle?

Here are 4 signs you might have more than just a tired or sore muscle.

  1. Your Pain Continues Longer Than 3 Days. We all have had sore muscles after a different or intense workout. However, that pain usually is gone in one or two days. If you have severe persistent pain for more than 3 days, something more serious could be wrong and warrants medical attention.
  2. Signs of Infection. Do you have redness around the muscle or swelling? If so, these are signs there is an infection related to the sore muscle. You need to seek medical attention to see what is going on with the muscle.
  3. Poor Circulation. If you have poor circulation you can have severe muscle aches that need addressed.
  4. Signs of bug bite. If there is a bite or a rash on the muscle area this can lead to sickness and infection. Especially if a tick or another infection carrying insect bit you.

So, the slogan “no pain, no gain” works most of the time, but sometimes muscle soreness is more than just an overused muscle. Consider carefully (you know your body the best!) and seek medical attention for unusual or extended muscle pain.

Recently a young man came into the store to look for something to help with his aching legs. He works a very labor-intensive job, and had continuous soreness. He did speak to his doctor and learned that in this case, it was just sore, tired muscle pain. We offered to help him with BioFreeze or the LaserTouchOne to help alleviate the persistent pain after every workday. He tried the LaserTouchOne and now can relax and sleep at night without severe agitating pain.

Do you experience muscle soreness and need help to alleviate the pain? Stop by and let us help you with several product choices to manage your pain.

New Visions Medical Equipment now offers 50.00 off a LaserTouchOne and a discount on BioFreeze. Stop by our Coldwater location today!

School Sports Start and so does the Pain…4 Tips to Beat the Pain

Two sports players injuredAs the summer starts to close and school bells ring, students get excited for their new activities. Whether it is volleyball, running, soccer, or football, student athletes are ready for new adventures. However with new activities, muscle pain and soreness tends to accompany the fun. What can athletes turn to for pain relief?

Here are 4 ways to relieve muscle soreness or injury pain:

  1. Drink Lots of Water and Pack in the Protein. Water will keep you hydrated and help keep fluids moving through the body. Also your muscles crave protein, so drink a protein shake or eat food high in protein post-workout to help keep muscles from cramping.
  2. Ice. This is a quick easy fix to help reduce swelling and pain in muscles. Icing for 20 minutes every hour for 8-10 hours helps reduce the pain and swelling so you can move again slowly and regain your muscle strength. It will promote healing and reduce tissue inflammation.
  3. Stretch and Move More. Before you succumb to lying on the couch and resting, stretch your sore muscles and move. Slowly and gently get the blood flowing, so the injury or sore muscle can heal more quickly. Some light yoga or Pilates can really help with recovery if taken slowly.
  4. Topical Analgesic. Topical gels applied directly to the sore muscle or injury can instantly provide relief. Typically, the gel provides a cooling effect and helps the blood circulate to the injured area. This type of relief reduces pain to give you comfort as you heal. Some even find it relaxes the muscle to promote healing and ease of movement quicker.

Needless to say as students head into their sporting events for the year, they can experience muscle pain and injuries that can cause soreness. Usually this soreness is manageable with ice, but sometimes it requires more. We recently had a young runner in the store with soreness around her shin and knee. We recommended Biofreeze and it worked wonders. She was able to start moving slowly and get the blood flowing to the injury for a quicker recovery. Biofreeze is one of our many pain management products that you can try at our Coldwater location and help nurse your athlete’s pain to a full recovery. You can contact us at 1-800-617-6795 or 419-678-4979.

Stop by today and try a sample to get muscle pain reduced or eliminated.