How to Achieve Kink-Free Mornings
By Donna Stark
Have you ever woken up in the morning expecting to feel amazing, but as soon as you sit up in your bed you realize that something just doesn't feel right? Some people call this feeling a "kink," while others like to use the word "crick," but whatever term is used, it still describes the same thing ... pain and a decrease in range of motion of the neck. It's certainly not how you want to start your day, and fortunately, there are some ways to avoid this from happening. Let's take a look at a couple of them below.
Is Your Sleep Position Hurting You?
One of the main causes of neck pain after a full night of rest is poor sleeping position. People who tend to sleep on their stomach generally have more issues with neck pain than those who do not, and it's easy to understand why. When sleeping on your stomach for hours on end each night, your head must obviously be turned to the side so you can breathe. This can add excess stress, strain, and tension onto your neck.
It's important to avoid sleeping on your stomach as much as possible, and yes, I know that it is easier said than done. So to help with that, you can try using special pillows (therapeutic, cervical, and full-body) that help to keep your back and neck in a better position. You can also reduce the risk of morning neck pain by investing in a high-quality, supportive mattress.
Is Your Neck Weak?
As soon as your neck pain decreases and your full range of motion is restored, you need to get to work. And by work, I mean you need to start adding exercises to your fitness routine that will help strengthen your neck muscles. By adding these to your workouts, you will be able to significantly reduce your risk of future injury and pain.
Waking up pain-free after previously waking up with kinks (or cricks) will make you feel like an entirely new person, so take note of your sleeping position and ensure that the pillows and mattress you use are conducive to quality sleep. Then start working on your neck. If you don't know where to start, if you need ideas for exercises, or if you have residual pain sticking around, head on in to see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic! They are here to help!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spartanburg, S.C.