Don't Let Chronic Pain Keep You Up at Night
By Genevieve Smith
Sleep is precious. And it can be hard to come by if you’re sustaining chronic pain. Sleepless nights become too many to count, and days become a slog to wade through. Chronic pain will pull anyone into its depths of misery and frustration, I’ve seen it myself. But if the pain goes away, sleep will return, right? Unfortunately, many turn to medications to create a temporary bridge between pain relief and sleep, but this path is unsustainable. Prescription drugs come with a host of side affects, and do not address the root of pain head on. To get through this, you may need a chiropractor.
The Job of a Chiropractor
Chiropractors are specially skilled in the neuromusculoskeletal system. That is, they are well versed in the connections between your nerves, muscles, and bones. Chiropractic approaches chronic pain twofold. A practitioner will check your bones and joints for misalignments. These misalignments would point to areas of repeated strain. If such is found, you will receive a series of manual adjustments, encouraging the displaced element back into its rightful spot over a prescribed number of visits. The doctor of chiropractic will also evaluate your daily habits to offer a consultation on how you may have entered into a place of chronic pain. They will analyze your ergonomics and consult on how to move in a way which encourages better posture.
How to Sleep Better at Night in the Meantime
Sleeplessness helps no one in the long run. While you work toward tackling your health and reining in pain, take a look at how you sleep at night. Is your mattress firm enough? Could it need to be flipped or rotated to better support your frame? Pillows can be your best friend or worst enemy when it’s snooze o’clock. Make sure yours is the right size to hold your neck up to a neutral position. Your head should not rise higher nor fall lower than your neck when straight. Pillows come into play for your other joints as well. A tip-top sleeping posture comes from their support. If you sleep on your back, place a pillow beneath your knees. Side sleepers will find relief from a pillow running from knees to ankles. While sleeping on your stomach encourages a crick in your neck, if that’s the way you sleep at night (or by day!), try out a pillow beneath your pelvis. Experiment with pillows of different size and firmness. Improved sleep is a pillow experiment away.
Chiropractic care has been repeatedly documented to show improvement for sufferers of chronic pain. See if you can toss away the medications and find relief from manual adjustments. Experiment with your sleeping patterns to find a better posture in bed in the meantime. Chiropractors at The Joint are ready to tackle your pain head on, no appointment necessary. With over 380 locations nationwide, you can even take care of yourself when you’re on the road. Here's to a better night's sleep.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glendale, Ariz.