A common complaint heard at a chiropractic office is an ache or stiffness in the neck upon waking. This pain can work itself out over the course of several hours, or it may last for days – either way; it’s bothersome, can affect your mood and is generally not a good way to start your day!
What’s the cause of morning neck pain?
Likely the cause is either due to not having the correct, supportive pillow for your head, and/or your sleeping position.
In part one of this article, we’ll review pillows. (For part two, “sleep position”, please click here.)
If you believe your neck pain may be due to your pillow, now is a good time for a change. Traditional flat pillows often lack the necessary support for proper head-neck-spine alignment that may be the root cause of your neck pain.
Over the last decade, there have been many advancements in pillow technology. We’ve gone from simple foam and feather “flat” pillows now to memory foam, moulded, shaped, water filled, pillows with cooling abilities and supportive neck rolls! Yikes!
Where to start when looking for a new pillow?
- Finding the right pillow for you may involve some trial and error.
- The right pillow for you will depend on your normal sleep positive (back or side).
- Remember that the pillow which eliminates your pain now, might not work for you in a month from now – it’s a good idea to have a few options to choose from if possible.
If you’d like advice on what pillow may work for you, please call us to arrange for a chiropractic assessment where we can help identify the pillow that may best help you. 519-258-8544
Please check back for part 2 of this article, where we’ll discuss how your sleep position may be causing your morning neck pain.