Imagine waking up to an intense pain, and inability to move the neck.
Usually, it feels quite disturbing that even to turn around can aggravate the pain with some sort of painful sensation running down the shoulders and finger.
My Neck hurts; I feel terrible headaches and can’t turn or look up without encountering a sharp pain in the neck and so on and so forth is what we deal with often at our clinic.
Most times neck pain can happen in several ways from getting hit from the back of your car in what we call the whiplash injury. But one of the frequent causes is our habit.
I usually do not appreciate when people tell me their neck hurts so badly until I experienced neck pain myself.
So this is a first class and unadulterated information. So far, it still tops the worst discomfort I had to contend with, for 3 days, i couldn’t sit and turn; everything increases the pain.
I tried everything from hot water, ice, massage, and even painkillers. But it only subsides a little and then goes back to status quo after the drugs wear out…my colleagues had to help me.
It will interest you to note that proper sleeping position and pillow use are usually advocated in events like this, but when not properly used could lead to a nightmare.
So, it suffices to say that our night time routine of sleeping with or without pillow or sometimes, with more than one pillow can be the cause of the unceasing neck pain.
What we don’t realize as humans is that our body, muscles and joints are supposed to take a certain amount of load and nothing more.
Let me explain!!! If you sleep in a position that makes you place pillow(s) supporting your head alone without a proper support for your neck; the head will appear propped up and exert an unnecessary amount of pressure on the neck that will cause the muscles around the neck and shoulders to Compensate because of the wrong positions and such actions will lead them into tension
and further spasm withstanding the long 8 hours you will be sleeping and such behaviors will cause some pain the next day.
The use of our smart phones, while lying on the bed can be notorious for causing neck pain too
The advent of technology and innovation of smartphones, with the ability to perform almost every job in a handheld device has not only helped us do more with less, but also has its negative impact on our health.
Some people are in the habit of using their smartphone to check emails, chats and watch videos and pictures of friends and loved ones at night in an uncomfortable lying position and once again our neck muscles are called to do some unwanted task and an extra load to contend with.
So imagine putting the neck in all these uncomfortable positions of reading and watching and then you also lay on bed without proper support to the neck with improper pillow placement. I’m sure it’s going to be a hard nut to crack the next morning.
So there you have it! Now you know what comes close to a potential of terrible neck pain. Let’s try and avoid these two (2) unwanted activities
1) Avoid using multiple pillows to sleep; imbibe the habit of using just one pillow and make sure it properly supports the neck and not just the head at night. If you want to know the exert pillow positions visit our nearest location and request to be seen by one of our specialist
2) Reduce your reading time while lying on bed or the use of smartphones to check emails or check Social media feed
3) Don’t sit in one place for more than 45 minutes: Model an active lifestyle don’t always binge watching television, get to live an active life. Take up simple task like walking, then jog, garden, walk around with pets
We can help you remain active independent and mobile while avoiding the need to rely on pain medication, injections or surgery so give us a call NOW!!!
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Every week people consult Dr Eze Nnamdi looking for answers to concerning questions about their pain and most commonly relief from their Back Pain and tightness. He treats patents daily in his clinic and he is a trusted advisor, mentor and business coach. Eze Nnamdi is the Clinic Director at Amazing Physiotherapy and Wellness center a multi therapist clinic in 2 locations with a clinical Doctorate in Physical therapy, he is licensed as a physiotherapist with Medical Rehabilitation and Therapist board of Nigeria, he graduated with a bachelors in Medical Rehabilitation from University of Nigeria Nsukka, and a Doctorate in Physical therapy from National University of Medical sciences Spain DPT program, a participating member of Pediatric specialty group of NSP, he advanced his post-graduate studies with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Bayero University Kano Nigeria, he also received advanced Dry Needling and Medical Acupuncture certification from Bayero University consultancy services Kano- Nigeria.
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