Have you ever heard someone with arthritis or achy joints say they can predict rain or a cold snap better than the local weatherman? Or maybe their back pain increases as the temperature drops? As temperatures dip in winter, many people experience increasing joint pain and especially back pain.
Your spine, commonly referred to as your backbone, contains 26 different bones called vertebra. In between each vertebrae is a soft disk that is full of a jelly-like substance that cushions the bone and keeps it in place. When one of those disks slips out of place or ruptures it is called a herniated disk. If the disk happens to press on a nerve, you could experience mild to severe back pain or sciatica nerve pain.
Any health professional will tell you that maintaining a consistent weight is necessary for your general health. In particular, the function of your spine is greatly impacted weight gain. Excess weight can cause pain in both your neck and back and even lead to injury.
When your body is tired and aching, most people assume that a good night’s sleep is the answer to finding relief. And they’re right! Rest is often exactly what your body needs to heal itself. What most people don’t realize, however, is that where you rest might actually be what’s causing your pain. We spend nearly one third of our lives lying in bed, so it’s important to make sure you have a mattress that is going to reduce discomfort, keep your spine naturally aligned and promote sound sleep to rejuvenate your muscles and joints.