"Over the hill and through the woods to grandmother's house we go..." The problem is that grandma has beds that were made in the 1960's: lumpy, bumpy, and hard as a rock. A bad bed can put such a damper on holiday festivities. Waking up in pain throughout the night, flare-ups of painful conditions, and the lack of sleep can turn anyone into a cranky scrooge. Instead of avoiding the family fun just because of a bad bed, try these three alternative ways to rest in peace.
Bring your own bed : Bringing a bed to grandma's house is not a matter of strapping your own bed to the car like a scene from a Chevy Chase movie. The travel friendly airbeds can be very comfortable (compared to a bad bed) and pack in a backpack easily. The air feature allows you to adjust for firmness, to a certain extent. An airbed can even be placed on a regular mattress if you have trouble getting on the floor. Just remember that air beds feel cold if you do not insulate yourself from the cold air in the bed with a ...
My Garden, and Oh My Aching Back
My gardening hobby was taken away from me at the age of 29. SCHREEEECH! Wait a minute, I don't think so. Getting my hands dirty, watching my plants thrive, and smelling my roses; I cannot give this up. No way! When my back says no , I find another way. I have learned to adapt my gardening habits to suit my physical abilities because giving up a pleasurable activity is not an ideal option. Being smarter than my problem is the best option. Here are some ways that I have continued to enjoy my garden.
1. Staging Projects
I used to prune all 25 of my roses in one day. Those days are gone, baby, gone. Now, I stage such big projects over the course of multiple days. On the first day, I might prune five rose bushes; the second day maybe three bushes and so on. By spreading the task out over time, I allow my back to recover. I do not let my back get too overwhelmed. This concept can apply to any chore. Everything gets done eventually. Pacin...
Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
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