Massage away those aches

In an earlier blog we talked about “Hip to have” and how an adjustable mattress has eased the pain of a damaged hip and now is aiding recovery after the operation. Just to go one step further and speed up recovery we have installed between the adjustable Air chamber and the foam layer a Night Magic therapy massage kit. This has helped increase blood flow and speed up the bodies repair process. The massage kit is also good at relieving the day’s aches and pains as well as helping to de-stress. This all adds up to much better nights sleep.


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Christmas doesn’t have to be a pain.

Last week before Christmas and here we are rushing about trying to get all those jobs done at work before the shut down, get the last minute presents and then we’ll need to get the house clean ready for the family coming. Wrapping presents in front of the fire sounds like a good idea but not good for the posture. Stress, muscle fatigue and back pain will be something we have to be careful not to fall foul of. Talking of fowl, there’s that giant bird to get in and out of the oven on the day. Will you be playing with the kids or grand children on the floor? After all that you’ll want to flop in the arm chair, not the best position for your back muscles.


Here are a few tips to make sure Christmas isn’t a pain.


1)      Rather than carrying heavy bags of bottles,Turkeyand veg, do the Christmas shop online and they will deliver direct to your kitchen. This will save standing in line to pay as well. If you must go and shop, keep the load even and split the weight on each side to stop your back from twisting. Remember to bend your knees when picking up your bags.

2)      Wrap the presents on a table, you either stand or sit up in a good posture. Varying between sitting and standing would be even better. Wrapping gifts on the floor will put a huge strain on your back.

3)      Prepping the veg at the sink which sometimes is a little low, this can cause your back to round, adding strain to you back, neck and shoulders. Can you work at a work surface that’s a little higher? Don’t get stuck in one position for too long, vary the jobs.

4)      The big Bird, ovens with fold down doors mean you are reaching in to lift. So if the door will take the weight slide the try out and then lift, if not maybe a well heat protected stool can be used to slide out onto.
Weight of Bird+stuffing+potatoes+try=Heavy.

5)      After Dinner there’s the washing up.  Again at the sink remember your posture and try to get the family involved. Maybe a bribe like, no presents until the cleaning up is all done.
If you have a dishwasher then loading and unloading is important, especially those heavy pans and dishes. Check the video on dishwasher stacking.
Loading and unloading the dishwasher.

                     Presents, games and TV.

6)      Sitting for a long time in a poor position, puts strain on the discs, which can lead to lower back pain. If you’ve had a drink or three, avoid back pain by shifting position regularly as alcohol is a muscle relaxant you will find yourself setting. Even better why not go for a family walk to work off some of that excess?
Board games try and play at a table rather than on the floor. Don’t forget your posture.
If you are a console games player or Wii, then take turns and get a rest from the controls to get a break from the repetitive thumb, hand and arm movements.

So above all have a fun time and don’t let Christmas be a pain.

Hip to have!

One of our customers has just had a Hip Op. She went 18 months sleeping on a Pearl Essence with much reduced pain. Before the Pearl Essence she would be at the chiropractor every month for therapy or acupuncture to relieve the pain. But having the Pearl Essence meant being able to adjust the mattress as and when needed to relieve pain.

While in Hospital having the Hip Op, she had an adjustable bed which was great but the mattress was a memory foam one and far too firm. So this just goes to show it’s not just the bed that has to adjust in fact the mattress is the prime thing. She tells me that a few pillows in the right place on an adjustable mattress are far more important than an adjustable bed with the wrong mattress.


Now back home in her own bed she has found she can adjust the mattress Up to a much firmer setting than before and is getting full nights sleep. She said it was the best investment they have ever made and no other mattress would have done what she has done. She has had the mattress medium down to soft and now medium to firm and all the time her husband has had the same setting. Dual adjustable is the only way to go as you never know what is around the corner.


So it’s Hip to have a dual adjustable mattress.