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Waking up with Neck Pain and Numbness

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

If you find yourself waking up with neck pain and numbness, I have a few helpful tips for you.

 

First of all, evaluate your sleeping posture.  If you prefer to sleep on your back, you need a pillow with the support (neck roll) under your neck.  The bulk of the pillow should not be under your head.  If your preference is to sleep on your side, you need a thicker pillow to keep your head in line with your neck.  If you are sleeping on a feather pillow that flattens out during the night or a thin foam pillow, that isn’t going to work.  You will spend a lot of the night with your head tilted towards the bed pinching off the nerves that exit your spine.  That causes you to wake up with neck pain and numbness.

 

Secondly,  I really like to read at night before I go to bed.  It’s a nice little ritual that helps me wind down from my day and makes me tired.  I found a pillow at The General Store in Minnetonka off of Highway 7 that is perfect for holding a kindle or a book.  It even has a nice pocket for my reading glasses.  It is shaped like a pyramid and has a little ridge around it the reader sits within.  For those of you who like books, it also has a long tassel to keep your page.  You can keep it on your lap, your table or take it to bed.  It keeps the book at an angle so your head isn’t constantly looking down.

 

Thirdly, ask yourself why you have neck pain and headaches.  Have you left a problem untreated for years only for your muscular imbalances to worsen?  Do you spend endless hours on devices such as laptops, phone and tablets?

 

It’s important to ask yourself what shape you want your spine to be in 5 years from now.  If the answer is better than it is right now, you need to change your device habits and also find a chiropractor so that you can correct the damage that years of looking forward and down have caused.

Slip and Fall on the Ice

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Tis the season for the slip and fall on the ice injuries.  With this winter feeling more like Nebraska than Minnesota with freezing rain, falls and car accidents are all the rage.  We seem to be seeing an uptick in weather related injuries, especially after last week’s snow.

 

What should you do if you slip and fall on the ice? First, make sure nothing is broken.  If you are unsure, go to the nearest urgent care for an x-ray.  If you are simply bruised and banged up, the chiropractor’s office should be your second call.  As a chiropractor, we can determine if your injury is simply a deep bruise, an injured joint or something more serious.

 

Now that you have some time to wait for your appointment, remember to put the ice packs on.  That will help you feel better, will relax the muscles and will help to draw the inflammation out and make it easier for your chiropractor to examine you.  It will also help them give you a more accurate diagnosis.

 

When you see a new chiropractor for the first time, make sure they take the time to listen and understand what is wrong with you.  A good chiropractor should do a thorough exam before treating you.  It’s important that before a chiropractor adjusts you that they spend time understanding your history along with that exam to determine whether you have a chiropractic problem or something requiring medical attention instead.

 

We are always open to discussing problems over the phone and determining the next steps.  Call our office today if you have had a slip or fall on the ice this winter.

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