The spine is an elegant structure. from the side it takes the form of an elongated s, the upper back bowing outward and the lower back curving slightly inward. your spine, or backbone, helps hold your body upright. Without it, you couldn’t walk, run, or play sports. If you look at yourself sideways in the mirror or look at a friend from the side, you’ll notice that the back isn’t flat like a piece of board. Instead, it curves in and out between your neck and lower back. some curvature in the neck, upper trunk and lower trunk is normal. However, when there are abnormal side-to-side (lateral) curves in the spinal column, we refer to this as functional scoliosis. Functional scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. While small curves generally do not cause problems, larger curves can cause discomfort. If a functional scoliosis curve gets worse, the spine will also rotate or twist, in addition to curving side to side. There are no activities, including sports, that doctors know about that can make functional scoliosis worse. A curved spine can cause someone’s body to tilt to the left or right. These problems may be noticed when a kid is trying on new clothes. Continue reading
What are the Benefits of Cervical Pillows?
Cervical pillows are ergonomically designed to support your neck in a proper position while you sleep, cradling your head, neck, and shoulders. A cervical pillow holds your head and neck at the right angles when a person is in resting position. The angles and spacing between your body and the mattress vary whether you sleep on your back or side. Thus, it is necessary for cervical pillows to rise where the neck will be and compress where the head rests. Most cervical pillows are made with memory foam to accomodate the compressing and decompressing necessary to contour your neck. This provides optimal support and ergonomic comfort for a good night’s sleep. Continue reading
A cervical collar or a neck brace is an orthopedic brace that is used to support the cervical spine and the head. This is used to protect the neck after an injury to prevent further injury and for therapeutic purposes to relieve pain. It helps in realignment of the cervical vertebrae to prevent further injury. There are many types of cervical collars in the market for different indications. Cervical collars are also used to immobilize and relieve pain of strain and sprain injury to the neck part. These types will be discussed in detail but before anything else, it is paramount to know the importance of the cervical spine and its function to know the importance of using a neck brace for support. Cervical collars are also used to protect the neck during transport and from moving a patient suffering neck injury from one bed to another. Continue reading