Back pain is one of the most common ailments in the Western world. About 1 in 3 Americans suffers from back problems whether it be sciatica, a disc herniation, or just a strained muscle. Back pain is often the worst when we wake up in the morning, and this can definitely be related to sleep position. Let’s take a look at common sleep positions and how to give your back a break during the night.
How to Sleep Right
If you sleep on your back, you’re already ahead of the game. This is considered the best sleeping position for the neck and back. However, you may still be putting some undue pressure on your lower spine. This can be corrected by keeping a pillow under the knees while asleep.
Sleeping on your side may not be quite as good, but there’s an easy way to fix that. Keeping a pillow between the knees while sleeping on one’s side helps to alleviate the strain. It doesn’t have to be a huge pillow. It just has to be enough of a pillow to keep your body from naturally rolling over.
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Stomach sleeping is considered the worst of the positions. Imagine you spent all day looking over your shoulder. That is basically the position the body is in for 8 hours. So how can you relieve some of the pressure if this is the only way you can fall asleep? A long body pillow may help. Use it to prop yourself up as close to side sleeping as possible. You get the benefits of not having your neck twisted as much, but laying on the pillow helps you still feel like you are on your stomach.
Upper Cervical Care for Back Pain
Regardless of how you sleep, your neck needs to be in alignment in order to reduce the risk of back pain. A misaligned neck causes the entire back to compensate. Pain will be felt wherever the greatest compensation takes place, often resulting in lower back pain. An adjustment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae can help to straighten out the entire back, thereby helping with back pain in general.
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