Reading in bed

What is more relaxing than reading in bed? 

Reading in bed with good posture! Unfortunately, there is no correct nor ideal posture for reading in bed, and most spinal care specialists would recommend not doing it! But that's not human nature and, acknowledging that the allure of recreating in bed is strong, we must do what we can to mitigate the damage to our spines when undertaking activities such as reading or using a laptop in bed.

snoring remedy

Conservative remedies for combating snoring

Snoring may make you the target of family jokes, or incur you the ire of a disgruntled bed partner, but studies show that there is a darker side to snoring. Of those who snore, 75% are thought to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. It's no wonder that once people become aware of snoring's role in their lives, they seek to do something about it. But it doesn't have to be drastic action, at least at first. Most experts agree that conservative methods can help remedy your snoring before trying more aggressive treatments including medication and surgery.

Spinal curvature

Your spine has four essential curves

These are, from top to bottom:

  • The cervical curve: 7 vertebrae, concave curve
  • Thoracic curve: 12 vertebrae, convex curve
  • Lumbar curve: 5 large vertebrae, concave curve
  • Sacral curve: 5 fused vertebrae which connect to the 4 fused vertebrae of the coccyx, convex curve.

Describing this spring-loaded, S-shape, helps us understand how the curves compress and expand throughout the day to perform shock absorbing and stabilizing duties that keep us upright and injury free. However, compressive forces, including the excessive pressure that comes with poor posture, can work over time to actually change our spinal curvature and leave us worse off. 

spinal longevity

What does spinal longevity mean to you?

To us, it means an old age free of back pain; furthermore, it means an old age with independence of mobility. And while there will be many intangible factors that contribute to your spinal health, it is important to exercise control over the factors which you can in the here and now. These factors include diet, exercise, posture, and sleep. Making sure you pay attention to posture and movement while focusing on getting the right kind of food gives you the best possible chance of staying upright and independent in your old age. 

degenerative disc disease

Degenerative Disc Disease is a misnomer

Degenerative disc disease is a common diagnosis, even among people in their 30s. Many people become scared at the idea they could have degenerative disc disease at such a young age- "How much worse will it be when I am in my 60s," is a common refrain. But the term is poorly coined- degenerative disc disease is not a progressively worsening condition and evidence indicates that it may be just the opposite; the degenerative cascade theory suggests that the condition will actually improve over time. How can this be so? 

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