Honolulu – A major tip for neck and shoulder pain is to look at the way you sleep. Sleeping on your back with your knees and ankles elevated is the best position for your neck. When you sleep on your side, you are pushing your shoulder into the shoulder socket. Numerous neck muscles attach between the skull and the shoulder. Compressing your shoulder muscles will restrict your neck mobility and its bad for shoulder pain.
• Do not use too many pillows under your neck when you sleep. This will jut your neck forward and take you away from correct anatomical position. Use one pillow. Sleeping without a pillow is good too.
• To elevate your legs, put one pillow under each knee and ankle. Position the pillows the long way.
• Do not sleep on your stomach. This will also take your neck out of correct anatomical position.
Unless you use an upper body mold insert, this will allow you to sleep on your stomach and not ruin your neck. The product is called the BodyCushion. Sometimes used on massage tables for people to lie on. You can place it on your bed and sleep on your stomach. You can find it at a massage supply store. Or by visiting www.bodysupport.com
Many people find it difficult to sleep on their back. Different issues will cause this. For some people, strengthening the upper back muscles will provide more contact area for the back to lay on. Some people may be congested and find it difficult to breath while sleeping on their back. I had trouble sleeping on my back for years, until I learned that I was suffering from candida albicans. Candida is an overgrowth of yeast in the body. It can be caused by taking antibiotics and not using probiotics after the antibiotic cycle. Candida will cause sinus problems. I am being treated by an allergist for candida and it has really helped my sleeping position. I can sleep a full night on my back. In the past my sinuses would get so blocked up that I had to turn on my side to sleep through the night. Now that I can sleep on my back, I no longer feel that stiff neck pain in the morning. An excellent book to read on candida is The Yeast Connection by William G. Crook, M.D.
Most importantly, seek out an advanced practitioner of Active Isolated Stretching: The Mattes Method.
A trained therapist will manually lengthen all the muscles that are compressed in your neck and shoulder. Bulging disc, herniated disc, or degenerative disc issues can be caused by excessive pressure in the neck muscles. This muscular pressure will cause cervical discs to bulge, herniate, or degenerate. AIS therapy will naturally decrease pressure in the neck muscles and allow the problem disc to slide back into its proper position.