Morning Neck Pain Causes
By Western Berks on May 20th, 2018
If you experience morning neck pain, your sleeping and pillow habits could be to blame. A pillow that doesn’t support your head and neck properly can create tension in your muscles, and cause neck pain. Sleep related issues can also cause morning neck pain such as sudden movements, like sitting up quickly, or tossing and turning while you’re sleeping.
To resolve these issues, first identify if the trouble is coming from your pillow. You may be using pillows to “overstuff” the space between your neck and the mattress or you may be sleeping on an older, flattened pillow that doesn’t provide enough support. Feather or memory-foam pillows may allow your head to be supported, allowing for a neutral spine and neck. Remember to replace pillows as necessary, about once a year.
There are other causes that can also contribute to you waking up with neck pain. In some cases, you may develop a sore neck during the day, too. Some common causes of morning neck pain include:
- Poor posture
- Text Neck – the result of staring down or staying hunched over an activity for too long
- Working long hours at a computer or watching too much television
- Osteoarthritis in one of the upper spinal joints
- Nerve pain from a herniated disk or bone spur in your neck
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
Western Berks Physical Therapy can design a program to relieve neck pain that includes modalities for pain management, and manual techniques for stretching and strengthening to restore full movement. With good self-care and physical therapy, relief can be achieved, which leads to a more comfortable, pain-free lifestyle.