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July 25th, 2020

Get Better Sleep and Reduce Neck Pain

What if there were a way you could reduce your neck pain by 75% or even 90 or 100% - How much more could you get out of life as a result?

About Sleeping: Quality sleep is an elusive commodity for millions. The complex process of attaining a quality sleep pattern can be compromised by a number of factors that you may or may not have even considered. One such factor is simply the wrong pillow. 

Stress is an important factor when trying to physically get to sleep in the first place. When stress levels are high, muscles will be tense, blood flow is decreased, and the brain is overactive. This often leads to muscle tension in the neck, especially if the pillow being used is not comfortable and supportive.
Aside from reducing stress, a comfortable, cozy, yet supportive environment, with low pressure and low shear is required in order to:

  • allow for muscular recovery
  • remove pressure from bony prominences (shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles)
  • and enable the musculo-skeletal system to relax. 

Other Factors Affecting Sleep: The reduction of stress will normally enable those who have difficulty staying asleep, to sleep for longer periods. This will restore sleep to
what it is truly meant to be: a fully remedial and refreshing experience. The average number of movements in sleep is approximately 50-80, although this can be reduced to 18-20 on the correct sleep surface. The human body has approximately 700 muscles, most of which need to relax during sleep! Certain muscles, such as calf muscles act as blood pumps and assist circulation during sleep, but most muscles associated with the spine should relax when sleeping. 

Effects of Pillows on Sleep: Choosing the right pillow is very important in achieving a good night’s rest. A good pillow will support the skull and neck with-out applying undue pressure, as it conforms to the exact shape of the sleeper, thus spreading the weight evenly and uniformly along the vertebrae. Pillows are a constant cause of frustration for many. Aside from aggravating the neck, many pillows can affect the shoulder as well. The shoulder should not be placed at 90 degrees to the mattress as this may trigger spasms in the neck muscles. The neck muscles perform a variety of actions, including acting as a platform for elevating the skull, so it is very important that they relax completely during sleep.

If the shoulder is placed slightly forward on the mattress, in front of the sleeper, assuming the mattress can accommodate this position, the risk of applying pressure on the these muscles and forcing the shoulder blade towards the spine is reduced. In contrast, when positioned in the 90 degree position, treatment that has been provided will almost always be compromised. Pressure can irritate the nerve sheaths, sensitive muscles, and facet joints in the neck.

Equally, if the joints are not resting easy, the inflammatory process may be sustained and any recovery will be much more difficult. Shoulder compression on a firm surface will often force the shoulder blade towards the junction of the upper spine and neck, and affect the C6/C7 vertebrae. The nerve pathway at this site travels down the arm, and causes either upper arm pain or pins and needles in the little and ring fingers or both, especially if there is already a problem in this area. Shoulder problems are also often caused by referred pain from the neck.

Therefore, stabilizing the neck during sleep is of paramount importance! Put some thought into choosing a good pillow - In addition to finally getting a great night’s sleep, you may end up saving yourself from neck and shoulder pain too!

- Dr. Andrew Erjavec

For more information on how chiropractic care can help give you a great night sleep please call Benefit Chiropratic & Wellness Clinic in Langley, BC at 604-534-7451.


July 25th, 2020

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What is a Chiropractic pillow?

Answer: A chiropractic pillow is specially made to provide extra support.

If you spend at least 8 hours asleep each night, that is a third of your life, lying on your bed, with your head on your pillow. Keeping this in mind, the pillow you choose could have enormous consequences, positive or negative. If you have back or neck pain, you may benefit from switching to a chiropractic pillow.

What is a Chiropractic Pillow?

A chiropractic pillow is a specialized pillow that is shaped in a way so as to provide additional support to the neck. This cervical pillow helps for your spine to maintain its anatomically correct shape and positioning while you sleep. Keeping your neck in the correct position allows your muscles and nerves to properly relax, meaning less tension, less inflammation, and less pain.

Anatomical pillows are usually designed for sleeping on your back. There are some available for those who must sleep on their sides as well.

Who Are Chiropractic Pillows Right For?

Chiropractic pillows are highly recommended for those who suffer from chronic back or neck pain. People who suffer from tension headaches may also benefit from a chiropractic pillow. If you have been in an accident and had whiplash or other soft tissue injury, a chiropractic pillow from your Langley Chiropractor may also be recommended.

Chiropractic pillows are not an immediate solution, but will reduce pain and discomfort after prolonged, regular and proper use of about a month. If you are suffering from back or neck pain, talk to your Langley Chiropractor such as Benefit Chiro to learn more about chiropractic pillows and if they are right for you.


July 25th, 2020

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When you suffer from achy joints, arthritis, or muscle pain, every motion or step you give you a jolt of pain or annoying discomfort. All you want is relief, and you want it in a hurry. That's why topical skin gels may be the answer you're looking for. 

Topical gels are absorbed through your skin. Wherever you are hurting is where you want to direct the pain relieving gel. Because these are absorbed right into your skin, they do best when rubbed over joint areas, which are close to the skin's surface. 

One of the gels used for pain relief is Biofreeze. Developed by a medical professional, Biofreeze is safe, quick, and effective. The active ingredient in Biofreeze is cooling menthol, which helps effectively to reduce the effects of muscle and joint strain and pain. 

Biofreeze can be used on many different areas for quick pain relief. Try it on knee, hip, or elbow joint pain, sore muscles, and easing any pains you have in your neck, shoulders, or back. 

Another pain relieving gel to try is called Cryoderm. This also provides a cooling treatment to any swollen muscles, or those that are contracted. If you have a lot of tightness or stiffness in muscles that feel as if they cannot be stretched out, then Cryoderm may help significantly. 

Cryoderm also contains Arnica, which is helpful in reducing swelling, edema, bruising, and contusions. 

If you have a diagnosis of muscle sprains or arthritis, these topical pain relievers may be just what you're looking for. Best of all, they are natural and safe to use when applied as directed by the instructions provided. 

There's always a safe solution to your muscle aches and pains. Try something with some cooling relief, that will have you feeling like your old self in no time. 


July 25th, 2020

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Chiropractic water pillows are water-based pillows that provide a luxurious comfort while sleeping, and also provide great support for the head and neck – these pillows have been proven to have some great benefits for those suffering from neck pain and other upper body pains and stiffness. They are designed with a thick, hypoallergenic cushion that sits overtop of a base of water. The water component of the pillow is simple to fill up and can be adjusted based on individual needs.

Clinical trails have shown that water pillows can reduce neck pain and significantly improve quality of sleep. One great advantage of these pillows is that they can be customized to fit each individual body by changing the amount of water in the pillow – this adjusts the thickness of the pillow to accommodate the needs of each sleeper. Also, because the main support of the pillow is water, it can adapt and adjust throughout the night to properly cradle the head and neck as the sleeper rolls over and changes positions in the night.

The chiropractic water pillows typically come with a five-quart water capacity for the base, and changing the amount of water will customize the pillow’s feel and firmness. In some cases, clinical studies have been done that have shown great success in reducing neck pain by providing proper cervical support.

For people who wake up with a stiff neck, or who experience neck pain throughout the day, it may be worthwhile to try a chiropractic water pillow adjusted properly to their body. The water based pillows are both luxuriously comfortable, and therapeutic in helping with neck and other upper body pains associated with improper sleeping habits.


July 25th, 2020

Backyard Trampoline Safety Tips

Trampolines are a very popular item to have in a backyard, however they can be a potiental risk for serious injuries.  Please bare in mind these safety tips and make sure you go over them with the rest of your family the next time you decide to have a backyard gathering. 

1. “Two Foot Rule” always land with two feet  at the same time. Landing with one foot on the frame and one foot on the bed can result in injury to the knees.
2. No more than one person bouncing at one time. More than one person bouncing at one time almost always results in bumping heads.
3. No knee drops—Knee drops performed improperly may result in injury to your low back and neck caused from underdeveloped core strength and control.
4. Don’t attempt skills you are unsure of and not properly trained in. Be good to your body by warming up and stretching after bouncing.
5. Always bounce in the center of the trampoline. No traveling! Don’t bounce from one end to the other. Never jump off the trampoline. Always climb off.
6. Always spot the end of the frame when bouncing and working on twisting skills.         7. Always come to a “Stop Bounce” after each skill or series of skills, or whenever you deviate from the centre of the trampoline.                                                                         8. Do not allow your trampoline to be used without shock-absorbing pads that completely cover the springs, hooks and frame.                                                                                  9. Do not leave children unsupervised on the trampoline.                                                10. Always have fun!

Following these simple basic rules and you will reduce the risk for neck and back injuries significantly.

- Dr. Andrew Erjavec

For more information on how chiropractic care can help you please call Benefit Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic at 604-534-7451.