A hurt patient being treated at ChiroCarolina®Injured while sleeping

Are you hurt or in pain even when you have not participated in strenuous activity? Perhaps your pain has nothing to do with your work or play; perhaps the problem is your sleep. Most people rarely give some thought to what might be the best position for sleep, or how many pillows should be used. Sleeping is one of the most rudimentary processes for us all, so our assumption is that it is so innate; we just lie down and sleep. However, there are so many factors that can influence our sleep position, hence; we do need to take a moment to assess how our head and spine is affected while sleeping. The position that seems most comfortable natural for you might be creating unnecessary health problems.

Pillow talk

Pillows play a critical role in a healthy sleep position. Your head and neck needs to be properly aligned with the rest of your spine. The proper position is hard to achieve if you are sleeping on more than one pillow. It really is best to sleep with just a single pillow beneath your head. It is crucial to ensure that the pillow is thick enough to provide the proper alignment. It should never be so thick that it makes your head angle upward. If your pillow is too thin, your head will tilt downward when you’re lying on your side. Either position will cause problems that can lead to neck pain and limited movement.

A firm low-loft latex pillow is recommended for most patients. Latex pillows are extremely comfortable and affordable. They will not break down or flatten over time like synthetic fiber pillows. High-loft pillows should only be used by people with broad shoulders. An underused and great idea is to sleep with a body pillow or a separate pillow between your knees. This is not essential, but use of a body pillow is ideal for people who choose to sleep on their stomach. If you sleep on your back, you should sleep with a pillow under the back of your knees.

The best sleep position

There are really three main sleeping positions; you can sleep on your side, your back, or your stomach. What makes each individual comfortable is subjective, but there should be no compromise when it comes to proper alignment. Sleeping on your back or side can allow you to sleep with proper spinal alignment, but stomach sleeping does not. Sleeping on your stomach will eventually cause damage to your spine and supporting muscles.

The best chiropractic care in Charlotte for pain relief

If you are in search of natural, drug free pain relief, it is advisable that you see your Charlotte chiropractor so that he or she can check for any injuries or disease process that may be the cause of your pain. When it comes to effective care for acute or chronic pain, ChiroCarolina® is your premier Chiropractor. Their staff and doctors will work hard to provide the best possible information and treatments to help you get back to a normal and pain free lifestyle. Are you hurt and you want the quality chiropractic care that patients have received for so many years; call their office and schedule an appointment today.

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