Why Does Your Neck Hurt?
By Sara Butler
Neck pain has a variety of causes, including normal wear and tear from aging, arthritis or even an injury. But some of the causes of neck pain are things you are doing to your own neck. There are many mistakes you may be making at bedtime that are detrimental to the health of your neck. You don’t have to stick your neck out to find out what may be causing your neck pain – just keep reading!
Your pillow is one of the biggest contributors to a healthy neck. If you have a pillow that supports your neck well, then you are less likely to wake up with a stiff or sore neck. What does it mean to be supported properly? Well, your neck should be in line with the rest of your spine and not bent upwards. If you use a pillow that is too fluffy, then you may experience that. On the other hand, if you use a pillow that is too flat, then you will have the opposite issue.
It’s best to look for a pillow that will mold to your head comfortably and still offer support. Consider a feather pillow or a memory foam pillow.
You spend about a third of your life in bed, which means that the position you spend all that time is pretty darn important. If you’re a side or back sleeper, then you’re on the right track. But if you’re a stomach sleeper, then you need to stop it! That is the worst position you can put your neck in at night since you have to twist it and keep it there in order to breathe.
Weak or Stiff Muscles
If you’re doing everything right when it comes to your pillow and your sleeping position, then the problem may be the muscles that support your neck. If you suffer from an underlying condition such as arthritis, then learning stretches or exercises to help strengthen the muscles supporting your neck may help. You should discuss it with your chiropractor so they can show you what you need to do.
Sleep problems can, unfortunately, lead to neck pain, but you don’t have to take it lying down! You should address neck pain as soon as it begins, or better yet see your chiropractor regularly in order to prevent neck pain from happening in the first place!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.