Choosing The Right Pillow for Your Sleeping Position

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Sleep is important. The right amount of sleep is essential for not only spinal health but overall health. But it’s not just important to get enough hours of sleep at night; it should be quality sleep. Sleeping on a pillow that doesn’t offer enough support for your sleeping position can lead to neck pain, headaches and an insufficient¬†amount of sleep at night. Here is how to choose the right pillow for your sleeping position.

Side Sleeper

The majority of the population are side sleepers. Sleeping on your side with your knees bent slightly helps keep your neck and spine in neutral positions. The proper pillow for sleeping on your side should be thick enough to fill the gap between your neck and your shoulder. Without enough loft, your neck can sag into the mattress causing strain and muscle tension. A firm, lofty pillow is the best way to get enough support for your neck while keeping your spine aligned. Experiment with a flatter pillow in between your knees to take pressure off your hips and lower back.

Stomach Sleeper

Chiropractors do not recommend this position since sleeping on your stomach causes you to keep your neck at a sharp angle which puts a lot of tension on muscles and ligaments. You should try to break this habit by turning on your side, but if this is not a possibility for you, a flat soft pillow is the best choice. To support the natural curve in your spine, try using another flat pillow under your stomach.

Back Sleeper

While sleeping on your back should be avoided if you snore or have sleep apnea, it is the most natural way to fall asleep. The best pillow for back sleepers should have medium firmness that is lofty enough hold your head up without extending it past its natural curve.

If you have any questions about choosing the right pillow, your chiropractor can help.

How The Chiropractor Can Help Your Migraines

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Migraines are one of the most frustrating health issues you can experience. They are quite common as well. According to Migraine.com, more than 38 million Americans experience migraines on a regular basis. A migraine is defined as an intensely painful headache accompanied by other symptoms like nausea, dizziness and sensitivity to light and sound. Although there are many different theories as to what causes migraines, chiropractic care has been shown to lessen the severity and frequency. Let’s take a closer look at how the chiropractor can help your migraines.

Many Migraines Start in the Neck

Spinal adjustments have been shown to provide almost immediate relief or improvement in the severity of a headache or a migraine. This is because most migraines are caused by subluxations, or misalignments, in the spine. Most of these pain-causing subluxations are found in the cervical spine – the neck. A subluxation in the neck causes nerve and muscle irritation and inflammation, leading to migraines. After a chiropractic adjustment, your cervical vertebrae will be properly aligned, taking the pressure off your nerves and muscles, thus relieving the migraine.

Poor Posture Contributes to Subluxations

Since subluxations lead to migraines, improving your posture can greatly reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms. Your chiropractor not only reduces the frequency and severity of your migraines with adjustments, but they also will show you exercises and stretches to help improve your posture throughout the day. They may also put you on an exercise plan to strengthen your core muscles, which can help maintain a healthy spine.

Lifestyle is a Factor

Your chiropractor can also help educate you on lifestyle choices that may be affecting your migraines. Poor diet, lack of exercise and other unhealthy habits could be contributing to your migraines. You chiropractor can help get you on a track to healing, along with recommending a regular schedule of adjustments.

The chiropractor is a valuable resource if you suffer from migraines and an essential factor in your recovery.