Neck pain is one of the most common reasons for seeking medical attention. The neck is a complex body area consisting of the cervical spine and the shoulders. The cervical vertebrae are located at the top of the neck and connect the head to the rest of the body. These bones can be fractured, compressed, or dislocated, which can cause pain and discomfort. The shoulders support the neck, allowing for movement and flexibility. Muscle strains, sprains, and disc herniations can also cause pain in this area. Cervical traction can help to relieve pressure on these tissues. Neck pain can come from several causes, including injury or illness. Neck strains and sprains are common injuries that can be treated with rest and ice packs. Less serious ailments like a cold or allergies could also lead to neck pain.
How Sleep Habits Affect Neck Pain
Sleep is critical to maintaining overall health. However, certain factors can increase your risk of neck pain from sleeping. These include: When you sleep, your head naturally tilts forward. If you have neck pain from sleeping, this can lead to misalignment of the vertebrae in the neck and spinal nerves that are pressed into the soft tissues. When the neck is misaligned, it puts pressure on the nerves, which can cause inflammation and pain. When you sleep, your body naturally droops. This causes stress on the spine and can lead to hurt as well. If you have neck pain from sleeping, you should take measures to relieve pressure on your spine and neck by lying in a flat position and avoiding deep-pressure massage or chiropractic manipulations when you wake up in the morning.
Yesterday, I woke up with some neck pain from sleeping. This isn’t the first time this has happened to me. Actually, I experience this kind of pain a couple of times a year.
A few years back, I found an effective exercise that helps me overcome my neck pain from sleeping quickly. So if you ever woke up with neck pain, then make sure you give the exercise below a go.
In this video, I will explain what to do about neck pain from sleeping.
What To Do About Neck Pain from Sleeping
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I’ll get Andrea to demonstrate.
Sit and do some specific trigger point work in the muscles where your neck pain is located. Many times when you wake up, you have a kink in your neck. There is a knot in that muscle and you want to loosen that up.
Take your hand and push into the muscle, looking for that sensitive area. Push on it – it should be a little bit uncomfortable. If it is really uncomfortable, move to the edges of that discomfort. Press on it and when it subsides, look around in the muscle for another sensitive area. Work through the muscle, going for four or five points. Do this throughout the day and the discomfort should subside.
The most important thing is to not overdo it because the muscle gets irritated. Four or five times should be enough. Give it a break and then go through it again in two or three hours. This will help decrease the tension in your neck. It will also deal with the trigger points in that muscle and help you overcome your neck pain.
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Rick Kaselj, MS