One of the most important attributes of a good mattress is spinal support. Therefore, we thought we'd jot down one or two tips to help you look after your back.
Yes, I know I sound like your mother. But it's true, slouching really isn't good for your back.
It can be difficult to maintain a straight back all day, especially if you work in an office, but poor posture or hunching over shifts the weight of your upper body forward, putting strain on your spine. That's why it's a good idea to keep your computer monitor at eye level and your backrest upright.
Learn to lift using the correct technique. This involves squatting down in front of the object and then straightening your legs while keeping the load close to your body.
Regularly exercising your back helps to keep the muscles strong. Back-strengthening exercises include walking, swimming (especially backstroke) and cycling.
This may come as a surprise, but smoking has actually been linked to spinal degeneration. This is because smoking reduces the blood flow to the spongy discs between the vertebrae, resulting in damage.
Invest in a Top-Quality Mattress
We wouldn't be doing our jobs if we didn't mention the importance of a supportive, well-made mattress. Some of the best advice to keep in mind when buying one is to make sure it provides the correct support for your weight and stature, not just firmness. We also recommend that you replace your mattress every five years.
If you keep to just one or two of these tips, you'll be half way to a healthier, happier back in no time.