Sleep on your back or side
- Use a pillow that supports the natural curve of the neck if you are a back sleeper
- One that keeps the head and neck in line with the spine if you are a side sleeper
The world’s finest pillow (the same pillow me family and I sleep on) is the Chiroflow Professional Waterbase Pillow(available at our clinic). This pillow features StaLoft Premuim Dacron Hollofil Fiber to help restore the natural backward bending curve in the neck, preventing pain and premature degeneration. This pillow provides a gentle stretch while you sleep, much like braces for teeth, and will be very helpful in maintaining the progress gained by your chiropractic treatment.
If you are traveling and forgot to bring your pillow, you can roll up a towel to a comfortable thickness and place it under the neck, so that when you sleep on your back the head and shoulders rest on the mattress and the curve in the neck is supported.
Try to avoid sleeping on your stomach. Stomach sleepers end up twisting the neck and back and are more likely to wake up with a ‘crick’ in the neck. Sleeping with the neck twisted will also make it harder for your chiropractic adjustments to hold so your progress will be slowed and the benefits of treatment won’t last as long.
Another tip for avoiding back pain during sleep is to put a pillow between the knees if you are a side sleeper or under the knees if you are a back sleeper. Regardless of how you sleep, many patients report improved sleep quality following chiropractic adjustments.