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Beating Your Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain

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Suffering from neck, back and shoulder pain? If you are, you're in good company. Millions of people wake up every morning and endure every day experiencing pain in their necks, backs and shoulders. While neck, back and shoulder pain used to be thought of as conditions affecting only adults, due to more parents scheduling routine doctors visits for their kids, it's becoming increasingly apparent that children and teenagers are also suffering from the symptoms. So if it's not age that causes this severe discomfort, what is it? Believe it or not, the culprit may be your sleep habits and the position you sleep in.

Each and everyday, you are putting stress on your spine, which directly impacts the tension in your neck, shoulders and back. Even simple, everyday tasks like sitting at a desk, driving, and bending over can contribute to wear on these sensitive parts of your body. Your sleep time is supposed to be the time of day when these areas of your body are allowed to relax and regenerate. However, if your neck isn't properly supported while you're sleeping, your body doesn't have a chance to recover from the stress it endured throughout the day. Improper neck support while sleeping can cause increasingly severe neck, back and shoulder pain over the years, to a point where it becomes unbearable.

Neck, back and shoulder pain can actually begin a vicious cycle. You're in pain, so you can't sleep, but you need to sleep (and sleep right), to be able to get rid of the pain. A continuous lack of sleep can even lead to further problems like depression, chronic fatigue, and believe it or not, even weight gain has been linked to a severe lack of proper sleep. Fortunately, scientists and health professionals take the causes of neck, back and shoulder pain seriously, and have consistently worked towards finding methods and remedies that will alleviate the wretched symptoms.

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The first step towards eliminating the discomfort of these symptoms is to correct your sleep habits, and the most important part of this step is to get a pillow that properly supports your neck. Try to find one that is made to be tailored to the position you sleep in, as not all pillows are created equal. Memory foam pillows have been increasing in popularity, and rightfully so. They've actually been quite beneficial in relieving neck, back and shoulder pain for a number of people who have been enduring it for years. Massage, yoga, and proper exercise are also methods that have been found to reduce pain in these regions of the body. By incorporating small change like these into your lifestyle, you should have no problem overcoming your ailments.

If a quality visco-elastic pillow doesn't solve your neck, back and shoulder pain, you might want to schedule an appointment with your doctor as your pain may be a symptom of a more severe underlying condition. Pain is something that affects your entire being, and remedying it quickly is vitally important to your quality of life.


Written by Dr. Joseph J. Berke, M.D., Ph.D. - Discover how sleeping on The Better Sleep Pillow can change your life. Dr. Joseph J. Berke is an author and inventor dedicated to helping people get a better night rest.



how do i treat in between rear shoulder pains that often has a crunching sound when i move them? i found the trigger is imporper posture, and found relief when playing basketball, is there a more permanent treatment for this? i tried theraphy for about 2 weeks with electrodes and it just numbed the pain and it recurred after a year
I was experiencing pain between my shoulder blades and it wasn't getting better until I tried tightening the muscles between my shoulder blades. these muscles are called rhomboids. you can do this by imagining trying to hold a pen in the middle of your spine just by squeezing the shoulder blades together. you can also stretch out the muscles in the front of the chest to prevent your shoulders from hunching. I got sore from being a massage therapist and constantly hunching over. even after I quit my job the pain didn't go away because I didn't strengthen those muscles. you have to be very consistent with squeezing them together and strengthening them. but you should notice improvements quickly. look up rhomboid strengthening exercises and go to the gym! a chiropractor told me it was not a joint issue and that it was all muscular he is the one that found the root cause of my pain!
This sounds familiar to me: have been hunched over breast feeding, computer work, nappy changing and have had nasty pain on my shoulder blades. I'm hoping these exercises help :)
Thanks for the tips on working the rhomboid muscles; that advice is far more likely to have long-term results than simply buying a new pillow (which I've done). My pain doesn't happen after a night's sleep, but rather as the day wears on, so this exercise--as well as others I'll now look into--will help get to the root of the problem. All the best...
Hi, I get sudden and irregular shocks of pain in my left shoulder, right about the edge between my vertebrae and left scapula. The pain is instantaneous and very brief. There are no definite triggers as far as I am aware of, except when I sit in a certain position for a long time, but I assume that is common. Supposedly I have rounded shoulders. The pain is not triggered regularly, just appears in sudden bursts and goes away just as quickly. Sitting straight has not improved it by any degree. Should I be worried? I have no history of accidents beyond scrapes and minor bruises.