lundi 31 juillet 2017

Your chiropractor advises you on your sleep posture

When you have back pain, the lying position is often the most comfortable since the spine and muscles undergo less stress. It is in this position that the body can recover and regain energy. On the other hand, if you do not sleep well or you wake up in the morning with body aches, your sleeping position and accessories may leave much to be desired.

Sleep has been shown to contribute to neural development, learning, memory, emotional regulation, cardiovascular and metabolic functions, and cellular toxin removal. Thus, having good sleep ergonomics promotes musculoskeletal and mental health (and physical health in general). So here are some tips to improve your lying posture and your sleep.

  • Your Pillow: The pillow should provide good support. The head should not be raised, but in a horizontal position parallel to the mattress*. The neck should be curved backwards as if you had a rolled up towel below your neck. (In other words, the curve of your neck makes a D with the mattress.) We recommend using an ergonomic pillow that supports the head, neck and shoulders and is patterned to the contour of these areas. Your chiropractor will advise you on the appropriate pillow for you.
So, go ahead and rest!

*Reference: Prévenir et soigner le mal de dos. British Medical Association. Éditions Broquet. 2014.
**Reference: Longévité: Anatomie et mouvements. Hollis Lance Liebman. Le courrier du livre. 2016.

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