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Pillows and Your Sleep Posture

Apr 29, 2022 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

For someone with neck pain, getting a good night’s sleep is vital for recovery and lowering the risk for transition to chronic neck pain.

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Not only can a restless night make it difficult to complete tasks related to everyday living but poor sleep habits over time can raise one’s risk for chronic disease, perhaps as much as physical inactivity or a bad diet. When it comes to a “good” position for the head while sleeping, most experts would recommend assuming a position that most closely mimics a good upright posture. Below is a link comparing poor sleep quality to a deterioration in posture control.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35186198/

If lying on the back, the head should not be forced toward the chest (hyper-flexed) or dropped too far backward into hyper-extension. When lying on your side, your head should not be forced upward or downward, away from the neutral position. If you sleep on your stomach you may want to consider a very thin pillow (or not using a pillow) to not force the neck too far up or down when rotated. Placing a body-pillow between the knees that extends up in front of the pelvis and chest can function as a “kick-stand” to keep you from rolling onto your stomach during the night.

So, if you are experiencing neck pain, pinched neck nerve, cervical radiculopathy or pain in your neck muscles and type in pain management near me or chiropractor near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my neck and who around me can I get a referral from?”

Some people around you will try stretching first to see if they get relief from their neck pain.   A pulled muscle generally will get better with rest.  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional near you.

Check out what the experts say about chiropractic care for neck pain here:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31870638/

Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 or stop by if we’re in your area on your day off for a walk-in visit and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.

So if you find yourself experiencing neck pain that is affecting your quality of life and allowing you to enjoy Fort Myers Beach. Come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway.

If you would like to avoid getting neck pain in the first place or to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness nearby, our membership program called Club C may be just the thing for you with great cost savings, convenience, and even more importantly, a plan to get your health back and keep it.

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