We get this question a lot from our clients who receive home physical therapy in Manhattan, Brooklyn, inside and outside of NYC.
Here's some simple, proven, and effective tips to ease Neck Pain first thing in the morning...
Step 1: Check Your Mattress - How old is your mattress? A proper mattress should be firm and not too soft. A firm mattress is helpful in supporting your entire spine (from your neck all the way down to your lower back).
Step 2: Check Your Pillow - How old is your pillow? A proper pillow should be able to keep the curvature of your neck... in other words, it should "fill in" and support the curve of your neck, regardless if you are sleeping on your left side, sleeping on your right side, or if you are sleeping flat on your back. Your pillow should not be so soft that it flattens out overnight while you are trying to sleep.
Step 3: Try a Warm or Hot Shower - A warm or hot shower will loosen up a stiff neck and ease neck pain. The warmth is soothing which can relax tight or tense neck muscles. Also, a warm shower can increase blood flow circulation to your neck area. And, you will have noticed this in the past if you've had gotten out of a hot shower, looked in the mirror, and saw that your shoulders, arms, or neck area was a little red. That kind of redness is proof that those areas experienced an increase in blood flow, because the redness is additional circulation coming to the surface of your skin. While in the warm shower, and if you are able, try to gently move your head in circles, both left and right movements.
Now, if you didn't know, an expert Doctor of Physical Therapy can provide you with a proper diagnosis and hands-on manual therapy treatment at the very first visit. This is what we offer to busy New Yorkers who might be dealing with annoying neck pain that could be disturbing their sleep, getting in the way of working, or preventing them from doing the things they love... such as time with children or grandchildren, exercising, or even just reading.
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