IS YOUR PILLOW AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH?
WHAT BAD PILLOWS DO TO YOU
If you’re feeling stiff and tired during the day or constantly waking up at night, it could be because of your pillow. Many people don’t think about their pillows when it comes to health, but your pillow plays a significant role in your overall well-being.
can cause stiffness and pain in the neck, which can lead to dizziness, anxiety, nausea, and headaches.
ACNE Breakouts are no fun, and they happen to everyone. Pillowcases tend to collect oil and dirt through constant contact with your skin, hair, and the environment. This buildup can
REST Everyone knows that getting eight hours of sleep per night is ideal for a healthy body and mind, and your pillow can make all the difference in how you sleep. A lousy pillow causes discomfort and makes it difficult to relax, which can prevent you from getting the quality of sleep that is best for your health. STIFFNESS The way you sleep is connected to the type of pillow you use at night. For instance, a side sleeper needs a thicker pillow to support their neck, while a back sleeper needs a thinner one. Your pillow should allow your neck to rest comfortably without straining your muscles. If you’re sleeping with the wrong kind, it
irritate your skin and result in acne. By washing your pillowcase once a week, you can significantly reduce unpleasant breakouts. ALLERGIES Along with collecting dirt and oil, pillows can accumulate dust mites and dead skin cells, which are key triggers for allergies. If you suffer from severe allergies, it’s a good idea to invest in a dustproof, zipper- locked pillowcase to keep irritants away.
There’s one excellent way to see if you need a new pillow or not: Try bending it in half. If it returns to its original shape, your pillow is fine, but if it doesn’t, it’s time to invest in a new one.
DID YOU KNOW JUNE 2 IS NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY? OUR MOST DETERMINED CLIENTS AT ACTIVCORE
Every year, National Cancer Survivors Day is observed on the first Sunday in June. With an estimated 1,735,350 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. alone last year, this day holds immense significance for current and former cancer fighters and their families. According to the National Survivors Day Foundation, this day serves “as a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.” While those who have been diagnosed with cancer work closely with their oncologist and/or surgeon on treatment plans, many are recommended to physical therapy centers in order to restore their bodies to a normal level of functioning once they are cancer-free. It’s not as widely acknowledged by people inside and outside of the medical community, but physical therapists often play an integral role in the cancer-recovery process. For example, we have a pelvic health specialist here at Activcore, Dr. Bri McCormick, PT DPT, who works with postpartum women and women who had to have hysterectomies and single or double mastectomies to prevent or rid their bodies of cancer. Bri also works with men who suffer from prostate issues — post prostatectomies. By listening to clients’ stories, examining the way their entire bodies move, rather than just the affected area, and working with the client to create an exercise-based rehabilitation plan, Bri and our other
physical therapists help cancer survivors move past their battle with the disease and restore their bodies to their precancer state.
Our team at Activcore is extremely grateful for the opportunity to help cancer survivors on their journey to full recovery. Regardless of the type of cancer, every diagnosis is frightening, and the battle to beat it is an arduous and exhausting one. The clients we’ve met have unique stories to tell,
and being able to witness their bravery and determination to fight against a potentially fatal illness has been and will continue to be rewarding. To anyone out there who has been affected by cancer, from all of us at Activcore, Happy National Cancer Survivors Day!
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