Chiropractic Care and the Challenge of Neck Pain During Sleep
Putting yourself into sleep is quite challenging when there is a presence of neck pain. It is not only the neck which is affected when you have neck pain. It can extend upward into the jaw and head or radiate down the neck to shoulders, arms and back. Having pain in the neck can interfere with your daily activities. It can also affect your occupational activities and reduce the quality of life.
Unfortunately, it is often that people with neck problems hesitate in seeking help from their chiropractor and think that the pain would not stay long and just go away by itself. They are not aware that the problem may become worse over time due to the muscles in the neck and shoulder blades becoming rigid and tight which can make the problem even worse.
By the end of the day, you'd probably hope that a good sleep will relieve your aches and ease your neck pain. Although they would not go away overnight, there are ways on how you can get a good night's sleep such as knowing the right position when sleeping, using an ergonomic or orthopedic pillow, applying heat to the neck area, exercise and of course, going to your chiropractor.
So what is the best sleep position for someone who has neck pain? Any position will do as long as the neck and back are provided with good support. A neck aligned with the spine can help ease the pain.
Using an ergonomic or orthopedic pillow supports the neck during sleep. These types of pillow often have a curve at the neck edge.
Applying heat to your neck eases the pain by relaxing those tight muscles. You can try using a sock filled with rice or barley warmed in a microwave when you go to bed. The same thing goes by doing exercise. Light neck and shoulder exercises before going to sleep can help relax tight muscles and tendons that cause pain.
However you sleep, what matters is that you don't get any pain or make the pain worse because of an awkward sleeping position. But if you really want to get rid of your neck pain once and for all, simply seek help from your chiropractor. Chiropractic care has been successful in treating patients with neck pain and sleep issues and gained the highest level of satisfaction compared to other health care provisions.
Dr. Ross Carter D.C.
Chief Wellness Consultant
Discover Family Wellness Center
1860 Duluth Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
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