Does your neck hurt every morning when you wake up? If so, you are not alone. Millions of people wake up every day with neck pain...and many of them feel fine when they go to sleep...why is this?
Well, believe it or not, the problem most of the time is simply the type of pillow they are using.
Most people sleep with a soft pillow that does not offer the neck proper support. Because of this, the neck muscles have to work all night to support the spine, when they should be resting and recovering from the work they did throughout the day.
When the neck (cervical spine) is in it's proper alignment it is shaped kind of like a "C" with the skull resting on top and the muscles of the neck acting like guide-wires to hold it in place and control movements.
When we sleep on a pillow that is too soft, the neck curve flattens out or sinks to one side. If you are a stomach sleeper (which is a no no), your spine flattens out while being twisted...for 8 hours...no wonder you have a stiff neck when you wake up.
The good news is, the solution is simple...start using a good cervical pillow...we recommend and sell Tempur-Pedic Neck Pillows ...but there are plenty of other good brands.
The cervical pillow will support the natural "C" curve of the spine ( the normal curve in the neck )...we call this the cervical lordosis when you are on your back. When you are on your side the cervical pillow will help keep the neck straight so it doesn't sink off to the side. You should never sleep on your stomach. The cervical pillow will help you to break this habit (recommended cervical pillow shop ).
Sure, often times it takes more than just switching to a cervical pillow to solve the problem of waking up in the morning with neck pain...but a good chiropractor should be able to help you get better with a combination of chiropractic adjustments, massage, and exercises.
At our San Francisco Chiropractic Center we are especially concerned with restoring the cervical curve in the neck and maintaining it. A cervical pillow is a key component to restoring and maintaining proper spinal alignment in the neck.