At Wellness Choice Center, we do not spend money on advertisements, we get all of our business through personal referrals. Patients come in with one condition and leave without it and then they refer their friends and family members. Typically patients who come in with a specific condition such as migraine headaches, they always have friends and family members that suffer from migraine headaches.. It just works that way. Last month in August, I couldnt believe how many patients we had in our office complaining of migraine headaches, so much that I had to blog about it. Almost every single one of them is suffering from a severe kind of headache that interferes with their daily activities. They take exedrin, they have gone to every doctor, neurologist, naturopath, acupuncturist and they have tried cutting out things from their diet… etc. You name it they have done it, but no one has ever looked at their neck for the cause of the problem. All of the patients coming in with migraine headaches showed major degeneration of their cervical spine (neck) as well as a lack of curve in their neck. They all suffer from a forward head posture and have tight muscles in their neck area. No wonder they have migraine headaches. their neck is working four times as much just to hold their head up! Anyways.. if you are suffering from migraine headaches needlessly and have tried everything, don’t give up. Have an expert check your cervical spine. If you are in Orange County, you can call us for a complimentary one-on-one consultation with one of our experts @ Wellness Choice Center. Call 949.387.1333
We tend to apply ergonomics when it comes to waking activities or sitting at a desk; utilizing the correct sleep posture is just as important as your waking posture as you spend 5-8 hours in that position every night. Our sleep posture often doesn’t get the attention it deserves and it is extremely important to pay more attention to our bodies when they’re not in motion. Whether you have felt every bone complaining or whether you are curious to see if you could be getting better sleep, make sure you know the correct sleeping posture.
The key to understanding sleeping posture is to think about where your body curves are. The two major ones that need to be supported throughout sleep are your neck and lower back.
What is the best position for sleeping?
The best lying or sleeping position may vary, depending on your symptoms or structure of your spine. No matter what position you lie in, the pillow should be under your head, but not your shoulders, and should be a thickness that allows your head to be in a normal position.
1. Try to sleep in a position which helps you maintain the curves in your neck and back. Sleeping on your back is the most ergonomically correct sleeping position, as long as you are using the right type of pillow. If you sleep on your back, you’ve won half the battle. Make sure to use a thinner but supportive pillow. If you use a think pillow or multiple pillows, they can stretch and strain your neck muscles. Your head needs to be in a neutral position for the 8 hours that you sleep, and multiple pillows under your head only bring your head forward and can cause a variety of problems.
2. If you are a side sleeper having a hard time switching to sleep on your back, all you have to do is use a few pillows to modify your sleeping posture for better and restful sleep, less aches, and more energy during the day. Use a thinker pillow for your head; since you sleep on your side, you want to create the most neutral position for your head with a thicker pillow to support your neck and head. Also add another pillow in between your knees to create symmetry and a better posture. This will help take any pressure off your lower back and hip
3. If you sleep on your stomach, do everything in your power not to. This is the worse sleeping posture and there’s not much to modify here. Keep in mind, it may take months to train your body to change and or modify your sleeping posture, but it is doable.
4. Finally, when standing up from the lying position, turn on your side, draw up both knees and swing your legs on the side of the bed. Sit up by pushing yourself up with your hands. Avoid bending forward at your waist.
Once again I have another patient who has tried every other doctor for her migraine headaches. I see cases like hers almost daily. Some need nutritional restrictions and advices, and some need a few adjustments. I have cure enough of them that at times makes me want to be a Migraine Doctor only! Daily, severe, and debilitating migraine headaches and the last place that a lot of doctors look at is the structure of the neck. To me it’s a no brainer. If there is no pathology in the brain, and they’ve been tested for food allergies, and it all shows negative. The structure of the neck is extremely important specially up at the top vertebra where the brain and the rest of the spine (nervous system) comes together. A handful of chiropractors can actually look at an x-ray of the cervical spine (neck) measure the abnormality. Those who are trained in corrective care can check the nervous system and it’s flowing into and from the brain and spinal cord. If the nerves are being stretched more than normal than likely to have migraine headaches, general fatigue, insomnia, and a list of other things.
If you are in beautiful Orange County and would like to see if you’re a candidate for corrective care here, give us a call @ 949.387.1333