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Shoulder Pain from Sleeping

Do you suffer from Shoulder Pain from sleeping?

Sleeping, or more specifically your sleeping position can cause shoulder pain.

One of the most likely causes of shoulder pain from sleeping is an existing shoulder injury that you may not even have noticed. What happens is that your sleeping position is aggravating the injury that you may not even be aware of during the day. This may be due to pressure on the shoulder and/or reduced blood flow to the area.

Using the right pillow can reduce the pressure, increase blood flow and relive pain.

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I recommend trying a [easyazon_link asin=”B001ACOOX6″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]special Tempur Neck Pillow[/easyazon_link] that is specifically designed to help shoulder muscles relax.

Many of my patients have found that using a Tempur neck pillow relieves their shoulder pain. The neck pillow is the one I generally recommend but there are also pillows for specific conditions that I review below.

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Sleeping on the injured shoulder causes blood flow to decrease, meaning less oxygen is getting to the shoulder. Pain occurs when the shoulder is not mobile, which increases inflammation, therefore when you are lying down to sleep at night, the pain may increase.

Shoulder pain can stop you from sleeping properly. The right sleeping position can reduce neck and shoulder pain. The right sleeping positions should improve the quality of sleep, as well as prevent injury and prevent further pain to the spine, neck and shoulders if an injury is present.

Changing your pillow to Tempur neck pillow and improving your sleeping position may really help.

Best sleeping position to avoid shoulder pain from sleeping

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avoid shoulder pain from sleeping

Because we spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping, it is really important to find the best sleeping positions for your neck and shoulder pain. Sleep is very important in healing existing injuries, yet it can be difficult to sleep with injury pain, which creates a vicious cycle.

Research suggests that people who experience problems sleeping, are more likely to develop chronic musculoskeletal pain, so it is worth the effort to pay attention to how you are sleeping now, and to try other methods of achieving a restful sleep, if sleep is posing a problem.

The Best Sleeping Positions

Although many people sleep on their stomachs, this is not a sleeping position recommended, because it places additional stress on the spine, upper back, and neck. Sleeping on your side is generally better than sleeping on your stomach. However if you have an existing shoulder injury, you should never sleep on the injured side, even if it is not causing pain.

Sleeping on a shoulder injury may hinder healing and prolong the healing process, which also prolongs the pain associated with the injury.

Sleep on your back

The best way to avoid pain from existing shoulder injuries, or to avoid contributing pain to the neck and shoulder regions, is to sleep on your back. The ultimate sleeping position is where the body is in alignment, with the neck, spine, and shoulders slightly elevated. This position is great for preventing neck and shoulder pain while sleeping, but if some people cannot relax enough to fall asleep in this position. Some compromises may have to be made if you regularly toss and turn, but it is worth trying to sleep on your back, to see if this could reduce your pain and improve your sleep.

Importance of Pillows

Sleeping positions are a priority, and the best way to sleep in order to keep the spine and body aligned, is to sleep on your back. In order to elevate your neck and shoulders slightly, choosing the correct pillow is also important.

The pillow should keep the head and neck in a neutral position as you sleep. If the pillow is too thick, it will push the head forward, yet a pillow which is too soft, will allow the head to sink, causing further neck and shoulder pain or strain.

Finding the most comfortable pillow that supports the neck and shoulders, will also promote healthier rest.

Tempur pillow

Tempur pillow are not a cheap as basic pillows, but they are a worthwhile investment. Teh advantage of Tempur pillows is that they offer the right level of support without being too thick, and they keep their shape.

My first choice is the [easyazon_link asin=”B001ACOOX6″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]special Tempur Neck Pillow[/easyazon_link]

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This neck pillow is designed to relax the shoulders and reduce pain, but no one pillow suits everyone and there are several other designs of Tempur pillow that you can try.

I highly recommend trying a [easyazon_link asin=”B00H4P3P8S” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Tempur Pillow[/easyazon_link] you may need to try several different pillows to find the one that is best for you, but it is well worth it to ensure your sleep.

Neck and shoulder pain can often be referred pain from the spine, so it is important to make sure that the spine is aligned while sleeping as well.

Generally, the pillow should be 4-6 inches high, when the head is resting on top, and should accommodate changing sleep positions to a degree.

It is important to choose a pillow which is comfortable for you, making it easier to relax enough to fall asleep, so personal preference becomes a factor.

There are several pillow types to choose from, made from various materials and I’ve highlighted my recommendations below:

[easyazon_link asin=”B007MI2L1Y” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]A Buckwheat Pillow[/easyazon_link] –   is made of actual buckwheat hulls, and adjusts to the pressure of the head and shoulders resting upon it.

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[easyazon_link asin=”B0002RO3JU” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]A Cervical Pillow[/easyazon_link] – restores the optimal curve of the neck, while keeping the neck in alignment with the spine.

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This [easyazon_link asin=”B000FTVCP8″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Duck Feather Pillow[/easyazon_link] – conforms nicely to the contours of the neck and shoulders, and is extremely comfortable. This pillow has a unique pillow-in-pillow construction but feather pillows do become compressed over time, and need to be replaced, in order to maintain the correct cervical spine (neck) alignment.

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Travel Pillow

Sleeping in chair, or when traveling can cause shoulder and neck pain.

This [easyazon_link asin=”B000RH7450″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”privat-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Memory Foam Travel Pillow[/easyazon_link] – supports the neck, by preventing the head from dropping to one side, and is mainly used while sitting or reclining.

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When sleeping on the side, the pillow should support the head and neck, while keeping the neck in a natural position. The spine should maintain a straight, and natural line, and weight should be evenly distributed, so that there is no unnatural pressure on the neck or shoulders, causing strain.

Sleeping with shoulder pain conclusion

The secret to sleeping with, or preventing neck or shoulder pain, is finding a position which is beneficial to spinal alignment (sleeping on the back or side), and that is comfortable for you.

Finding the most comfortable pillow that supports the neck and shoulders, will also promote healthier rest. I always recommend trying a Tempur pillow, but you may need to try several different pillows to find the one that is best for you.

Click here for further information about Sleeping Positions for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

 

 

Stiff Neck and Shoulder Pain

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Exercises For Shoulder Pain

 

Gym exercises to avoid if you suffer shoulder pain

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In general there are some gym exercises that I would recommend avoiding while you’re suffering from shoulder pain or neck pain because it’s very important not to aggravate the shoulder or neck injury or put the shoulder through unnatural motions.

You should try to avoid any exercise the places unnecessary pressure on your shoulders or the compromise the shoulder position for example the military press, wide grip lateral pull downs and the bench-press.

I would suggest that you avoid doing exercises like the military press which involves lifting dumbbells over your head especially if you have a rotator cuff injury. The bench press is another exercise that you should consider avoiding if you’re suffering from shoulder pain. The shoulders take very large loads during bench-press exercises that puts a great deal of pressure on your joints.

Lateral pull downs also compromises the position of the shoulder and should be avoided until your shoulder is fully recovered. The side fly weightlifting exercise is also best avoided while you’re suffering from shoulder pain.

Preventing shoulder pain when doing gym exercises

Gym exercises especially if not done correctly are a frequent cause of shoulder pain. It’s really important to ensure that you using the correct technique for the exercise and equipment.

Shoulder Pain Warning Signs

If you suffer from shoulder pain that is severe or lasts for more than a few days you should seek medical advice, but usually doing shoulder stretches and carefully selected exercises under the supervision of a doctor or physiotherapists will actually help your shoulder rehabilitation.

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Exercises For Shoulder Pain

 

 

Do you suffer from shouder blade pain?

shoulder blade pain

shoulder blade pain

Wearing a bra has been implicated as possible causes of a range of problems from shoulder blade pain to indigestion, and back pain.

I’m not sure about indegestion, but as a physiotherapist I can tell you that a properly fitting bra can help prevent shoulder, neck and back pain.

Is your bra causing shoulder blade pain?

Someone once said that a bra is a bit like a suspension bridge…they both need to be well engineeered to give safe support. No two women are the same so there really is nothing better than having a proper bra fitting. You may be surprised that you aren’t even the size you thought you were, many women find that they have been wearing the wrong sized bra for years.bra shoulder blade pain

Over-tightening you bra may cause shoulder blade pain

If you suffer from shoulder blade pain your over-tightened bra may be the cause.

Most women don’t bother to have a proper fitting to get a bra that is right for them. So my advice is loosen your bra straps if you experience shoulder blade pain and do have a proper bra fitting.

For more information about shoulder blade pain, including how shoulder blade pain can be a warning sign of serious disease, see below:

Shoulder Blade Pain

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Exercises For Shoulder Pain

 

Drink water to reduce shoulder and neck pain

We all know that drinking water has many general health benefits. But this may sound strange advice,  drinking more water can actually help to reduce shoulder and neck pain.

Lactic acid builds up in stressed muscles even if you don’t feel the strain. Water will help flush the build-up of lactic acid out of your system helping to prevent shoulder and neck pain.

So drink plenty of water and stay fully hydrated to help combat neck and shoulder pain. This also applies to back pain and dehydrated disks can be more prone to injury.

Two Tips to relieve Neck and Shoulder Pain

The following two tips will help you combat Neck and Shoulder Pain

My first tip to combat Neck and Shoulder Pain is to try some simple relaxation techniques such as yoga or pilates to reduce your stress levels. Reducing stress can in many cases eliminate neck and shoulder pain.

My second tip is to always try to adopt a good posture. The old saying, “stand up straight”, or “stand tall”, works very well at preventing muscle pain. The most important thing is to avoid slouching. Hold your head up, stand with shoulders back, and don’t slouch. Slouching contributes to neck and shoulder pain, and by eliminating slouching, you can remove the source of pain.

Small changes in posture and habit can lead to big changes in eliminating neck and shoulder pain. See my free report for further details. You can get this by entering your details on this page.

Causes of Neck and Shoulder Pain

There are many causes of neck and shoulder pain, ranging from frozen shoulder to arthritis and even heart attack.

Shoulder and neck pain can be caused by something sudden and dramatic like whiplash, or be caused by simply sleeping the wrong way on a pillow. Neck and shoulder pain can even occur from watching the television at the wrong angle! In my next posts I am going to look at some of the causes of neck and shoulder pain and provide tips and advice on how to relieve the pain, or better still how to avoid suffering pain in the first place.

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How to Cure Neck and Shoulder Pain

The number of people suffering neck and shoulder pain has increased in recent years. The growth of neck and shoulder pain problems is probably due to the constant activity of modern life, repetitive actions and poor posture, particularly while working at a computer.

Accidents and sports injuries are another cause of neck and shoulder pain. Bone or joint abnormalities, degenerative diseases, and even tumors can cause neck and shoulder pain so make sure that you seek proper treatment for your neck and shoulder pain

Having seen a doctor to rule out more serious causes of neck and shoulder pain, there are several things that you can do at home to relieve neck and shoulder pain.

Changing your sleeping position and type of pillow can relieve neck and shoulder pain. The aim is really to keep the neck in a neutral position and if you lie on your back, one pillow is usually enough to support your head and neck, but if you lie on your side two pillows may be better.

There are a number of home exercises to relieve neck and shoulder pain. When the shoulder mobility becomes restricted, it is quite common for pain to be felt in the upper trapezius (between the neck and shoulder). It usually causes a deep ache, and it is important to stretch this muscle. For full details see the links below.

Ice is one of my favorite home treatments for neck and shoulder pain. Apply the ice to the area affected by neck and shoulder pain, but always wrap the ice in a cloth first or use an ice-pack. A bag of frozen peas works really well, but do remember to wrap the peas in a cloth.

Rest is another important factor in curing and shoulder pain. Avoid using the injured area as much as possible for a few days to give your body chance to recover. If the combination of rest and ice treatment don’t cure your and shoulder pain after a few days do make sure to see a doctor or physical therapist because further treatment and an MRI scan or shoulder X-Ray may be needed.

For further information about neck and shoulder pain click the links below:

Neck and Shoulder Pain

Neck and Shoulder Exercise

Sleeping Positions for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Pillow to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Pain