Ouch, I can’t turn my neck around!
Neck pain can be caused by minor mistakes you make in your daily life. Let us discuss the cause and explanation of the pain.
Doctors say that an average person should sleep for approximately 6 to 8 hours during a stressful day. This way, we can do work and perform well the next day. In addition, the heart, brain, and digestive tract can function healthy with proper sleep.
The most common cause of this pain is the position of the neck when you lie down. It is important to make sure that the pillow that your head rests on during sleep is soft and not too hard on the back of the head. Also, when sleeping on either side, it is important to make sure that your head is in line with your body. This will help balance the tightness and relaxation of muscles around the neck.
I would like to stress on the importance of sleep and posture, because most people who use hard pillows face difficulties and aches that occur in and around the neck.
Your question may be – how is neck pain and pillow related? Where does the problem lie?
Your pillow and neck pain are 100% related. When someone seeks out a doctor, the first command is to stop using a pillow for a while. However, nobody really asks why.
The most important muscle in the neck, the trapezius, will feel pain when you get up from bed the morning after you sleep on a pillow that is not right for you. This is because the inner punch is tightened from its normal position, causing various changes in the smooth muscles around the neck. Tension in these muscles is built when the head is turned to one side, which can cause pain and chronic headaches. This is called CERVICO-GENIC HEADACHE, where cervico means arising from the neck.
Some find themselves coming to physiotherapy when they have sought medical help and treatment for headaches, the main factor behind which is the tightness in the muscles around the neck.
If you are experiencing neck pain, the first thing you should do is replace your pillow and buy one that helps keep the position of your head straight and in line with your body. Such pillows are seldom available in stores. However, people with neck pain can get specifically shaped pillows for themselves. When using such pillows, it must be ensured that the neck and thoracic bones are positioned in a straight line.