What is the best sleeping posture?

What is the best sleeping position?My patients are often asking me what is the best sleeping posture? Maybe you asked yourself the same question. The answer is simple: you can sleep on your side or on your back. You should always avoid sleeping on your stomach. They are many reasons for that. First, when you are sleeping on your stomach, you have to turn your head completely to one side or the other to be able to breath. This extreme rotation of the neck that you may hold for many hours can cause some stress on the vertebrae of your neck and upper back. Therefore, it is possible that this sleeping position creates stiffness or pain in the neck, restrictions of movement or other problems like headaches and migraines. Moreover, sleeping on your stomach may cause some irritation to your lower back or pelvis, especially if your mattress is very soft.

To avoid problems, it is recommended to sleep on your side or back. If you want to sleep on your side, make sure you keep both legs together (like the fetal position). This way, you will avoid creating torsion of the lower back. You can also put a pillow between your legs to make it more comfortable. To assure you a good support for your neck, you should use a pillow thick enough to fill the space between the tip of your shoulder and the side of your neck. This way, your cervical spine (your neck) and your thoracic spine (your upper back) will remain aligned.

If you sleep on your back and you have some back pain, you can put a pillow under your knees to lift them up. This position will remove some pressure from your lower back.

To conclude, make an appointment now with your chiropractor for a checkup of your spine. The chiropractor will be able to recommend you personalized tips in order to improve your sleeping position. This way, you will be able to wake up in great shape.

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Chiropractic and headaches

Chiropractic and headaches

Chiropractic and headaches

Headaches represent one of the most frequent causes of consultation in chiropractic offices. The following text will explain the main sources of headaches and the impact of chiropractic care on them.

Cervicogenic headaches and tension-type headaches

Cervicogenic headaches and tension-type headaches are probably the most frequent types of headaches. They are caused by restrictions of movement affecting the vertebrae of the neck (cervical) and by muscle tensions in the neck and at the bottom of the skull. The symptoms are usually headaches involving the whole head or only one side of the head, the pain is usually constant and some tensions or discomforts are usually felt in the neck and shoulders. Different factors could create those headaches: a general bad posture, a bad work posture, sleeping on your stomach, car accidents, sports injuries, etc.

Migraines

Even if the exact mechanisms of a migraine are still unknown, we know that blood vessels are involved in the phenomenon of migraine. The pain associated with migraines is usually pulsating (like if your heart is beating in your head) and other symptoms could be felt like nausea, vomiting, visual problems, hypersensitivity to sounds or light, etc. Different factors could trigger the migraines like: hormonal changes associated to menstrual cycle, alcool or other food allergies, stress, fatigue, etc.

Other headaches

Some severe health conditions could be associated with headaches. High blood pressure, tumor or an intracranial bleeding could be responsible for headaches. Fortunately, those conditions are very rare.

Chiropractic and headaches

Chiropractic care is usually very effective to relieve pain associated to cervicogenic and tension-type headaches. The chiropractic adjustment contributes to restore the normal movement of the vertebrae and to create a muscle relaxation in the cervical region. Furthermore, the chiropractor could help you improve your posture and change few habits that may contribute to your headaches. Patients suffering from migraines could also benefit from chiropractic care to relieve their symptoms.

During your visit at the chiropractic office, the chiropractor will perform many tests and evaluations in order to determine the type of headaches you are suffering from. Once the chiropractic diagnosis is established, the chiropractor will be able to recommend you the best approach in order for you to get as much relief as possible.

If you are suffering from headaches, don’t wait anymore. Consult your chiropractor immediately. You don’t have to suffer from this condition any longer!