neck painSleeping position and neck pain

Neck pain can be the source of a disappointing start of your day. Your sleeping position, type of pillow, and your mattress should all be taken into consideration as part of the problem. The causes of neck pain are varied, and some causes may not be under your control. We want to focus on the things you can do to minimize your risk for neck pain. One of the most common causes of neck pain is forward head position during the day and sleeping position during the night.

Sleeping position that causes neck pain

Sleeping on your stomach is the worst position for patients who suffer with acute or chronic neck pain. Sleep on your stomach causes you to twist your head and neck to the side, placing a lot of pressure on the nerves in your cervical spine. Just as importantly, sleeping on your stomach causes misalignment of the cervical vertebrae and your shoulders. In addition to neck pain you could develop shoulder problems. Trigger points in the shoulders can also be a cause of neck pain.The answer is to support your neck by sleeping on your back or your side. In either case, it’s very important to make sure you have a pillow that supports your head and neck, while taking pressure off your shoulders. Finding the right pillow is key to reducing your risk of neck pain. If you’re sleep on your back, make sure that your pillow supports your neck, but doesn’t lift your head too high, creating forward head posture.

Stretch and exercise for neck pain

Stretching your neck before bed helps to loosen your tight muscles. Sometimes, this alone may help relieve your pain. Chiropractic doctors stress that physical activity is important for people with neck pain. Activity can also protect you against your neck pain returning in the future. The trick is to be physically active without making your pain worse. Your Charlotte chiropractor can recommend carefully selected exercises that can help to strengthen your neck and shoulder muscles while reducing pain. These exercises can speed your recovery as well as keep your pain from returning. Once your pain lessens or disappears, your chiropractor may recommend exercises that can maintain your neck movement and muscle strength.

Neck pain care you can count on in Charlotte

If you are suffering from shoulder or neck pain and you are looking for the natural, non-invasive treatment that chiropractic clinics offer, consider one of the top chiropractic clinics in the Charlotte area. In addition to gentle adjustments, you can expect supplemental therapies such as the application of heat or cold, electrical stimulation, diet counseling, or rehabilitative exercise. Every solution is pain free! ChiroCarolina®, one of Charlotte’s top chiropractic centers, is known all over the South east for providing conservative and effective chiropractic care for the uptown, NoDa, and University area- located conveniently off North Tryon Street.