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Back pain is among the most common reasons why people visit the doctor. Back pain can also make it hard for people to fall asleep at night. If you suffer from back pain, what do you need to do when you crawl into bed to alleviate discomfort?
If you sleep on your side in the fetal position, you can increase the amount of space you have between your vertebrae. This is particularly helpful for anyone who has a pinched nerve or herniated disc.
Consider placing a pillow between your knees when you lay on your side. Allow one of your shoulders to make contact with the mattress, then place a pillow between your knees. Placing a pillow between your knees will keep your hips, pelvis, and spine in proper alignment.
If you sleep on your back, consider placing a pillow underneath your knees. You can improve the alignment of your spine, placing less stress on specific pressure points throughout your body. For additional support, consider adding a rolled-up towel underneath your back.
If you have degenerative disc disease, sleeping on your stomach and placing a pillow underneath your abdomen may help. This can alleviate stress that could be placed on the areas between the discs in your spine.
Finally, you need to find the right pillow and mattress. Memory foam pillows are great materials for increasing the amount of support you have beneath your neck. You should also select a mattress that either has new springs or solid memory foam, as this can distribute the weight evenly throughout your body.
If you would like help addressing your back pain, call Dr. Kinchen today to make an appointment!