Achieving Good Back Support Is Vital

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Your spine supports your head, keeps your body upright, allows you the flexibility to bend and twist, and protects your spinal cord. Your spine has three sections and three normal, gentle curves that need to be supported when you are standing as well as when you are sleeping.

Your cervical spine includes seven vertebrae, supports your head, and has a C-shaped curve. Your thoracic spine includes 12 vertebrae, supports your upper body and has a reverse C-shaped curve. Your lower back, or lumbar spine, is your back’s foundation; it includes five vertebrae, and also has a C-shaped curve. If you don’t maintain these curves, you increase the stress on the bones and muscles of your back and that can lead tochronic back pain.

Mattresses are one of the most important factors to avoid back pain as most people spend at least 7 hours on them each day. A bad mattress can cause back pain as they usually lack back support and can affect the alignment of the back. The ideal sleeping surface, conforms to the natural curves of your back and provides enough cushioning to distribute pressure evenly rather that irritate pressure points such as the joints. You can check your mattress to see if it is working with your body, slip your hand between the small of your back to see if there is space between you and the mattress. If there is, the mattress is not conforming to the contours of your body and thus not giving the support you need.

Orthopaedic products are recommended to combat this lack of support but this can be a common term given to products by manufactures without any true medical support in their design and development. Buying a new mattress is a big investment, so one must ask, what’s in a name?

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is the world’s oldest international Chiropractors Association representing nearly 8000 practitioners, students, chiropractic assistants, educators and lay persons worldwide dedicated to the growth and development of the chiropractic profession. The science behind chiropractic deals with the relationship between the articulations of the skeleton and nervous system and the role of this relationship in the restoration and maintenance of health. In recent years doctors of chiropractic have become a leading resource in the promotion of prevention and wellness, including healthy sleep, and an example to other professions in the application of those vitalistic dimensions of healthcare.

With that in mind, mattress manufacturer KingKoil partnered with the ICA, sharing a mutual concern for healthy sleep and recognition of the need in the sleep products world for a scientifically designed spine-support sleep system. This unique partnership with King Koil Sleep products began 40 years ago and is still going strong to this day.

By coming together, they have designed and producedmattresseswhich provide an optimal platform for healthy sleep for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. They have used their extensive anatomical and neurological knowledge and understanding of the needs of the structure of the human spine, bones, muscles and above all the important nerves that run through and radiate from the spinal column.

As result the ICA and King Koil designs provide a sleeping surface firm enough to maintain a straight line platform for sleeping, yet cushioned for a comfortably upholstered sleep surface on the exterior. This construction is further enhanced by posturising the center third of the mattress to provide optimal firmness and support where most of the body weight is applied.

Their designs seek to help consumers avoid spinal distortions while they sleep, that comes from the imbalance or sagging support of your mattress and also the potential health consequences that often result from poor sleep quality.

In Short: Your spine is kind of a big deal, it keep all the other bits linked together and for half of every day its lying on the same of mattress. Make it a good one

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