Staring at a computer screen all day is not the only culprit of eye strain.
It is well documented that there is a connection between back and/or neck strain and eye strain.
OK, poor posture while staring at the computer screen may have caused the back/neck strain as well. The staring thing may be the only culprit after all!
What do you do then? Do you book yourself in for an expensive deep tissue massage every time you get a stiff neck or twinge of the back?
If you are looking for a home remedy to relieve back or neck tension, a good item to consider is an acupressure mat (and an acupressure pillow for the neck). So what is the best acupressure mat?
What Is An Acupressure Mat?
Some reading this might not know what an acupressure mat is exactly. So let’s deal with that briefly first. Essentially, it is a mat with sharp rubber spikes or rosettes. It is really the modern version of a ‘bed of nails.’
They are not sharp enough to pierce the skin but are kind of hard. So they do require getting used to when you first lie on it. A bit of redness of the skin is normal as your skin gets accustomed to it.
The rosettes cover the whole surface of the mat. When you lie on the mat, it should cover the whole back and stimulate the nervous system, circulation and release endorphins providing a feeling of well-being.
What Makes A Good Acupressure Mat?
I set out the criteria below that I use for selecting a good acupressure mat. They are as follows:
- It’s got to work!
- It has to be large enough to cover the whole of your back.
- It has to be durable. (You don’t want those rosettes dropping off six months after purchase).
- it has to be comfortable (as far as it can be given that you are literally lying on sharpish spikes!)
- it has to be made out of natural materials (you are skin to mat here. I don’t know about you but I want to avoid chemicals in those situations)
Obviously, the cost has to be a consideration but I don’t want to make that the deciding factor. You do get what you pay for. Not always true but most of the time this is the case.
And The Winner Is….
Well, my top pick is the Pranamat ECO Therapeutic Manual Massage Mat.
It ticks all the boxes where the criteria above are concerned:
- It provides wonderful relief to back pain and soreness. Some who have had chronic and long-lasting back problems who require medication to alleviate their condition, report dramatic results. It releases endorphins providing a feeling of well-being and peacefulness.
- The mat measures 73cm in length and 45cm in width. It has 221 lotus flower (the rosette) simulators. So it is wide enough to cover a large area of the back.
- It is made out of premium quality materials so definitely a durable product.
- It has been made in such a way to maximize the effects of acupressure but minimize the sensation of the tips. There is a period of getting used to lying on the mat but you can accustoming yourself to it by wearing a T-shirt first before going au naturel!
- This box is ticked as well! It is made totally from environmentally materials.
I have to say that the product is at the higher end of the price scale when compared to other acupressure mats. But there is no disputing its quality, durability and chemical free components. This makes it value for money in my eyes. And where your health is concerned, you can’t afford to compromise on an inferior product.
But don’t just take my word for it. It is an approved product by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S as a medical device!
You can use the mat while lying in bed. Although you don’t want to get too relaxed and fall asleep. Two sessions of about 30 minutes a day is the ideal usage time. You can prop your back up with pillows and then position the mat under your neck if you have a stiff neck. Alternatively, you could also purchase the acupressure pillow to rest your neck and head on.
The Results Speak For Themselves
Just by using this product twice a day for thirty minutes a time, those using it have said that it has significantly reduced back pain and stress. It has also allowed them to enjoy a deep uninterrupted sleep. The latter is something they have not enjoyed for a very long time.
I am not a medical practitioner so I can not say once you start using this you will be able to give up your pain relieving medication for good. However, I have heard that this has happened for some. Imagine that!
The Spoonk Acupressure Mat is a relatively cheaper option. Research carried out by a Dr. Zilberter in Hillsborough, North Carolina found that over 90 per cent of the participants that took part in his study using these mats reported pain relief, relaxation and improved sleep as a result of using this mat.
Apparently it also featured on the Dr. Oz Show 2011 in the episode “Best Advice Ever”. I haven’t watched it myself but quite an endorsement don’t you think?
So there you have it. If you want a high quality product look no further than the Pranamat ECO Therapeutic Message Mat.
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You won’t be disappointed and you will be longing for your mat each night and morning to get yourself in a good frame of mind for a deep and peaceful night’s sleep or start of the day. It may have a knock on effect on reducing eye strain too!
If you have any comments or experience of using an acupressure mat yourself, please let me know in the comments box below.