Last night, I fell asleep on the couch and woke up feeling some pain in my neck. This happens occasionally and may have been due to my sleeping position. One of the biggest questions that we often get is, “What can you do when your neck hurts?” Watch the video below to hear my answer and leave any questions you may have in the comments section below.
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Video Transcription [Please excuse grammatical errors due to the conversational nature of the video]:
Hey guys! Ben from Carter PT here again.
Have you ever slept in the wrong position?
Last night, I did. I was staying up late because I was watching the Houston Astros beat the Dodgers in the World Series Game 2. It’s pretty exciting stuff if you’re a baseball fan and I ended up sleeping on the couch. I was in this wrong position and when I woke up this morning I felt very stiff.
One of the tools I’d like to use here at Carter PT is called the theracane.
It’s a great way to loosen up some of those tight areas and then align the shoulder blade with the neck as well. Even along the first rib, there’s a lot that you can do by loosening up the neck and these tight muscles.
One key for when you’re sleeping is to make sure you have a really good position and a good pillow. Last night, I was in the couch because I was just so excited for the game and ended up without good support.
I recommend a buckwheat pillow and it’s great because you can add or take away material,so that’s always nice.
Because sometimes pillows are just too big or they’re too small. They don’t provide enough support.The important thing with a pillow is to make sure that it’s located here on your neck.
Most people end up with the pillow above the neck or elsewhere. You would really want to make sure you fill that gap in when you’re sleeping. Ensure you’re getting it actually on the neck, not so much on top of the head. That can certainly make a really big difference on how you feel every night.
If you have any more questions and go to CarterPT.com. Thanks, take care!