Chiropractic & Physiotherapy

Neck Pain After Waking Up

Waking up with a neck pain is definitely one of the worst things in life.  Most of us, actually experience not only soreness but also stiffness in the neck.  Simple activities like turning one’s head or looking down can be devastating not to mention going about one’s normal routine.  This article will discuss on tips of how you can prevent and manage your neck pain after waking up.


Tip 1
Make sure that your pillow is at a moderate height and hardness. Many times, I have encountered clients who have complained about their pillows that were not ideal in supporting their heads. Pillows which are too soft or low often times lacked the strength to support our neck structures, thus causing the pain and stiffness. Pillows which are too high or hard on the other hand causes stress towards the neck muscles, waking up with achiness.

Tip 2
Making sudden movements like sitting up quickly or flinging your limbs around in a dream, can strain your neck muscles. Tossing and turning while you’re sleeping, or trying to sleep, can also create tension and stress in your neck.

Tip 3
Having a proper sleeping position is important to prevent injuries of the neck muscles. Sleeping on your tummy poses high risk for neck pain. When you sleep on your stomach, your neck may be twisted to one side for hours at a time. This can strain your neck muscles, and make them feel sore and stiff in the morning.  Sleeping on your back or sideways would be a better option in relieving the stress on your neck.

Ways to manage neck pain after a bad sleep

1) Ice
Icing the neck and shoulder helps in reducing the pain and the inflammation in the neck structures. You should Ice them for 15 minutes and if possible, ice them every hour.

2) Stretching
Stretching your neck muscles will not be comfortable especially if it is injured. Stretching the neck muscles helps to alleviate the tightness and stiffness in the neck and it encourages blood flow towards the injured area.

3) Visiting your friendly neighborhood chiropractor
Having to know your diagnosis is an important step to treating your neck. Chiropractors uses all natural healing techniques like spinal adjustments/ manipulation to allow the body to heal by itself thus reducing the pain.

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