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By Western Berks on May 20th, 2018

Why does my neck hurt when I wake up in the morning?

If you experience an achy neck upon waking in the morning, your pillow habits could be to blame. You may be using pillows to “overstuff” the space between your neck and the mattress or be sleeping on an older, flattened pillow. Fluffy feather pillows are usually better than foam for providing proper support. Replace them as necessary, every year or so.

Your neck pain could also be radiating from your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Western Berks Physical Therapy can design a program that includes modalities for pain management, and manual techniques for stretching and strengthening to    normalize joint movement. With good self-care and physical therapy, relief can be achieved, which leads to a more comfortable, pain-free lifestyle.