Rein in Those Morning Pains
By Paul Rothbart
It would be great if you could jump out of bed every morning wide awake and ready to go. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most people most of the time. Grogginess is common as you shuffle to the coffee machine trying to shake off sleep. It's not the preferred way to start the day but it is manageable. The worst problem is all those aches and pains that often come up in the morning. Sore backs, necks, and joints are experienced by many upon awakening. The pain is unpleasant and it can make the start of the day harder than it has to be. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the frequency and severity of these pains.
Optimize Your Sleeping Space
Pain in the morning is often caused by sleeping with your spine, neck, and joints lying in unnatural positions. If they are not properly aligned during the night, you can wake up with pain and worse, subluxations or other problems. You can do a lot toward reducing pain by optimizing your sleeping space. It starts with a quality mattress. You want one that is firm enough to support your body but soft enough to allow it to settle into its natural position. Good mattresses are expensive but worth every penny to your health. Firmness is a matter of personal preference, so try out different levels of firmness. Whether you sleep on your back, side, or front can also make a difference. Comfort and support are the two most important factors. Pillows are also important. If they hold your head at an unnatural angle, you are going to experience neck pain. Choose a pillow that keeps your neck straight while lying on it.
Take the Time to Relax
A tense body often causes pain. Taking the time to fully relax before bed can prevent tension. Give yourself a window of several hours between your last caffeinated beverage and bedtime. Listening to soft music and drinking herbal tea such as chamomile can also help you relax. Try taking a warm bath or shower before turning. Meditation and breathing exercises are also great for relaxation. A body without tension is less likely to be in pain in the morning.
See a Chiropractor
Chiropractic care can help relieve pain including morning aches. Treatments can loosen up tight muscles which makes relaxing easier. A chiropractor can also find subluxations and other issues and adjust them, relieving pain. When your body is properly adjusted and all its parts in tune with each other, sleep improves, and pains diminish. Many patients find that they do sleep better as a result of regular care.
Morning pain makes it hard to start a new day. By taking the right steps, you can greatly reduce those aches. Consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. You may find that seeing a chiropractor helps make those morning pains a thing of the past.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Madison, Wis.