Bad backs

I have been studying sports therapy for the past six years at a fantastic Melbourne university. To date, I have been loving the course and would recommend it to anyone that would be interested. It’s quite possibly the best decision I made and the right choice for me and my learning style as they have a good way of complementing it. This past week, is no different so I wanted to share with you what I have been working on.

We have been given projects to do where we research the benefits of swimming for medical therapy. My interest in this area took shape when I recently went down to the local recreation center for an early morning gym class and noticed the large amount of people there for water aerobics and or swimming laps. It got me thinking.

Bad backs. What an amazing thing to do to help them. It carries all the impact off your back but can strengthen your muscles at the same time, better than any posture brace I have ever seen.

These women move like tornados when they are in the water but upon observation of them leaving the pool, I noticed a lot walking with a hunchback, and they are not all over 50.

All these people that are going out there to buy the latest supportive computer desk or fancy body support wraps can look no further, for this is something that medically, makes total sense. It’s a real shame that GPs today are not recommending this sort of thing and opting straight to the actual items you can purchase.

From the special massage chair to the exercise equipment.

When I was in year eight at school, I was part of the school’s equestrian and horse riding class and club. All my dreams came true in this place, as I was passionate about everything horses and had one of my very own….two if you count the hack that was given to my sister who never cared for it.

Calypso was a superstar horse, an easy horse to ride and one that was really good for me to learn on. She was 14 hands high (hh) so not really that big and was a standard bred bay mare around 8 years old. We got her from the trail riding place as they sell off horses every now and again for dirt cheap as they treat them like crap and starve them pretty much – I was happy to be able to save one from hell!!!

I thoroughly loved every minute in our little saddle club and every time one class was over, I’d start my stop watch to make sure I could begin my inevitable countdown until the next one. Sitting through my English and Maths classes during those countdowns was absolute hell but it also got me one step closer to seeing her again.

In year nine, about midway through and during my horse lesson, I came off her. The girth wasn’t as tight as it needed to be and when we went for a run, the saddle slipped, taking me with it and dragging me for what felt like 100 meters. I later found out it was 20 meters.

Hurting my back opened my eyes to bad backs and the unlimited items out there to help. From the special massage chair to the exercise equipment, I was amazed at the support they offered me. This company was a god send.

On why a recliner chair can help with bad backs

On why a recliner chair can help with bad backs. This comes direct from a medical practitioner when recently speaking at a conference I attended as a med student.

Recliner chairs can help with back pain for the simple reason that you take the weight off of your back and re balance it. By reclining or laying down, you rest your spine and it gives it time to relax and take pressure off. A reclined position is much better than sitting up straight, because when you are sitting up straight you are still contracting your muscles to remain sturdy.

Lifting your legs and laying and supporting your back helps. This can help in many other medical conditions, for instance, varicose veins and clotting issues also. The blood flow goes back to your heart and that is also good for inflammation and pain in all areas.

How a massage chair can also assist.

Massage chairs can help, but it would also depend on the nature of your pain. Massage chairs that also recline, can help with muscle tightness or spasms. Particularly, heat can help although, if you have back injuries then you are better off using a simple reclining position that supports your back. It is always best to check with your doctor in the first instance.

A semi-reclined position can also help with medical conditions where a person experiences difficulty taking in air or breathing. For instance, a semi-reclined position decreases severity of sleep apnea. It also helps with snoring

Kneeling chairs, what can I say.

Kneeling chairs; I have to tell you that these things are, by far, the best possible invention for people in static jobs where they sit on their bottoms all day at a computer desk and suffer bad backs. Actually, even if they don’t suffer bad backs, it can be great as it will certainly ensure they never do!

I purchased one not too long ago now, albeit reluctantly, and I notice a difference already! I was hesitant at first because I thought it may have been just another fad that took the world by storm and was sure to die down soon after, BUT, I cannot recommend them enough.

All of my friends and family are tired of hearing about them because of the amount that I rave on about them. Day after day after day. I only carry on about them because of how awesome I think they are though. If I didn’t think they were that great, you wouldn’t hear boo out of me.

I work upwards of fifty five to sixty hours a week these days and to be sitting in a still position for hours on end, every day, I needed to make different choices to better my posture. This was what I came up with and I don’t regret any dollars I have spent on the very reasonably priced item. At all.

It makes total sense to me now too as I notice the posture I am in when I am using it and notice that the posture I most used in a standard chair was not good for me. Any tension headaches I used to get are completely gone.

When using an inversion table

My first morning at the gym in a really long time. Truth be told, it’s been a much longer time than you or anyone else could ever imagine…I am actually coming out of a ten year gym hibernation period. At least, I think it is ten….it could actually be eleven or twelve really. Sigh.

A lot has changed here with all the new and random items of exercise equipment. Some things that are here look like alien inventions and I wonder what on Earth they do for you besides making you want to hold your top down to ensure it doesn’t come up (or down, as it were) when using an inversion table (Yes, I know. I had no clue what it was either until I asked an instructor and apparently, you hang upside down on it. Something to do with bad backs. Don’t ask).

The amount of really losers I see at the gym is another thing I instantly notice. They all stand in their rows while doing weights, completely checking themselves out in the mirror while they do! Are they that into themselves that they need to look at themselves while they pump weights? Really? You guys really look like tossers in all honesty!

Hardly approachable so I doubt you’ll pick up any ladies that way (dear God, I hope that is not what your intention is in those horrendous shorts that make you look like a try hard AFL football player!).

Oh dear, I now remember all the reasons I hated coming here…I might just head home again.

Heat up my heat pack for my bad back

I have been sitting here in an absolutely freezing cold office all day. It’s been a really awfully gloom and wet typical Melbourne Winter day here today and I look out of my window at my computer desk and all I feel is lucky to be indoors! I mean, it’s so icy that even with the heater on inside, it’s still cold and the heater is already on twenty two degrees! What’s going on?

I leave my desk for five minutes (to heat up my heat pack for my bad backs) and I return to my desk and my office chairs feel damp, it’s that cold! Ok, I know, perhaps if I closed the window it would not be as bad, BUT, I hate feeling so boxed in constantly so have a window open and a nanna, oops I mean throw rug over my lap while I work. Yes, it is certainly a sight worth laughing over considering I am on the lower end of early thirties in age.

I have been very glad to be working at home today as it has meant that I have not needed to leave the house once. Not even to open the front door as I have had no deliveries today either which has just been lovely. Ahhh, the benefits of working from home meaning that I am still in my pyjamas now and it’s past 8.00pm here! Yes, I have had a shower….but got into clean pyjamas after as they were the toastiest thing I could think of.

I am in desperate need of a massage chair

I am in desperate need of a massage chair and I really don’t think that my husband understand exactly why. He seems to think it’s a luxury item and one I can do without. Truth be told, it is not luxury at all, you see; I suffer from bad backs a lot of the time and need the massage chair almost as much as I need the adjustable bed that I begged for so long, to purchase. Even he can see the benefits of the bed with his own back, and he has no back issues!

In any case, I am planning on going shopping this weekend for a massage chair. There are so many on the market and a lot of places that are offering 35% off the second furniture item you purchase in the same transaction, so why wouldn’t I go now?

I am also on the lookout for a lovely new ottoman as well, you know, one of those massive ones that open up to have quite a large amount of storage within them? There are some pretty sweet ones out there that do not even look as though they have storage. I am not a fan of the really obvious ones. I want one where the beauty of the ottoman alone takes away any thought that it might double up for storage.

I am so looking forward to going shopping. Worst case scenario, I have to buy hubby something for ‘him’ so I can take the focus away from his negativity surrounding the massage chair!!!