5 Ways to Relieve Back Pain

5 Ways to Relieve Back Pain emu spirit Muscular and Arthritic Rub

Nearly everyone experiences some type of back pain at some point in their lives. No matter when it happens or what the cause may be; it sure is a real pain to deal with. Fortunately, with proper care and treatment, back pain can be managed. The good news? There are a handful of helpful remedies you can try to ease the pain and keep your back in good condition. Have you tried these 5 tips out?

 

1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep disturbances are common among people with chronic back pain. Not getting enough quality sleep can actually make your inflammation and pain worse. Make sure you invest in a good mattress. After all, you spend almost half your life sleeping in one – it pays to Goldilocks your way through the mattress store and get your mattress properly fitted for you by a specialist. While you’re at it, add an extra pillow under your body to help maintain the natural curve in your spine. If you’re a back sleeper, try putting the pillow under both knees. For stomach sleepers, try under your pelvis. If you sleep in your side; sleeping with a pillow between the knees may help too.

2. Stretch it out at Yoga

Yoga can be very therapeutic for people with back pain. A review of scientific studies published in 2013 in the ‘Clinical Journal of Pain’ found strong evidence that yoga can help reduce chronic lower back pain. It may help back pain by loosening tight muscles, building strength and range of motion, while also improving breathing. Additionally, yoga also focuses on relaxation, which may help to relax your muscles as well as reduce pain perception. It’s also great for managing stress and adding a feeling of calm and wellbeing to your everyday life.


3. Incorporate Supplements into your Diet

This is great for back pain sufferers looking for a natural way to manage their pain. Glucosamine sulfate is a supplement that has been seen to help lessen back pain caused by arthritis in some patients. Calcium and magnesium (when taken together) may help to reduce muscle spasms. A study published in March 2013 in ‘Anaesthesia’ found that magnesium therapy helped to reduce pain intensity and improve lumbar spine mobility in patients with chronic lower back pain. These supplements can be easily incorporated into your diet to see if they work for you!

4. Try Aquatic Therapy

Physical therapists often recommend aquatic therapy: exercises done in warm, therapeutic pools. The buoyancy of the water helps alleviate strain on the joints, and encourages strengthening and stretching of the muscles. Not a fan of swimming laps and doing water aerobics? Even floating in warm water can help relax muscles and release tension as well as increasing your circulation, according to the Arthritis Foundation. You can even enjoy this in the comfort of your own home; if you have a spa bath, aim the water jets directly at your pain points for a soothing underwater massage.

5. Rub Emu Oil on your Pain Points

As far as external products go; Emu Spirit’s Arthritic & Muscular Rub is an effective product to help relieve muscle and joint pain. Formulated with a high concentration of emu oil, as well as ingredients designed to alleviate and sooth your muscles and joints; it effectively targets inflammation and pain points. The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of emu oil can penetrate the outer layer of skin and improve the circulation, to speed up the recovery process. You can use this product before and after exercise as well to prevent injuries and assist in circulation.

5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Our immune system does an amazing job of defending us against disease-causing microorganisms on a daily basis. When the weather starts to cool down and winter peeks it’s little head out again; occasionally a germ invades successfully and makes us ill. Thankfully, it IS possible to boost your immune system all-year round, so we can hopefully get sick less often around the colder months. Here’s 5 ways you can boost your immune system.


1. Have a healthy lifestyle

Let’s start with the basics. At the core of it; if you have an unhealthy lifestyle, the likelihood of you falling ill would be higher than if you didn’t. A few easy things to check off the list:
– Don’t smoke
– Have a balanced diet; plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains
– Exercise regularly
– Drink alcohol in moderation
– Get enough sleep

2. Stress less

Your inner health is very important too. Stress is the primary cause of immune dysfunction! Negative feelings would quite often put your body under stress, making your immune system more vulnerable. Research has shown that loneliness is also linked to poor immunity: lonely people produce more immune inflammatory markers than people who are socially connected. The most efficient way to strengthen your immune system is to connect with your loved ones, enjoy your social life and reach out for help if you are emotionally stressed.

3. You are what you eat!

A healthy and balanced diet is key. Like any fighting force, your immune system marches on its stomach. Healthy immune systems need a good source of energy. There is some evidence suggesting that various micro-nutrients such as zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid and vitamins A, B6, C and E can help boost your immune system. Make sure your diet consists of mostly wholefoods (and keep the processed treat to a minimum).

4. Don’t forget your supplements!

If you really can’t stomach a bowl of veggies, or you want that extra immunity boost, there are supplements you can try out to strengthen your immune system. For example, iron supplements are effective in aiding iron deficiency. According to traditional Chinese medicine studies, there are a combination of herbs that can help boost your immune system, such as Echinacea (which contains polysaccharides that increase the body’s production of white blood cells which fight infection). You can find this in tablet form in pharmacies and health food stores. Astragalus is proven to combat stress and improve blood counts. Too many long sciency words to digest? Common pantry items such as ginger, garlic, peppermint and licorice can also strengthen your immune system (and most of these taste pretty great in hot tea too!). Lastly, Vitamin C can help enhance immune cell response and function. Adding a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice to your breakfast sounds like a delicious way to boost your immunity through the winter months.

5. Too many to remember? Just take Emu Oil

Instead of compiling a grocery list of supplements and incorporating a menu full of tablets into your diet; why not try a much simpler option – emu oil?! Emu oil is a natural source of Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 and Vitamins A, D, E, F and K2. Just by taking 2-3 capsules of Emu Spirit’s Omega 369 capsules daily can assist in the maintenance of general health and wellbeing, strengthening your immune system every day. With no additives or preservatives, each capsule contains 100% pure emu oil wrapped in gelatin.

Typical Omega Fatty Acid Analysis per 750mg:

Omega 3

Fatty Acids (linolenic acid)

7.5 mg

Omega 6

Fatty Acid (linoleic acid)

81.0mg

Omega 9

Fatty Acid (oleic acid)

387.0 mg