A R E Y O U H U R T I N G Y O U R N E C K WH I L E Y O U S L E E P ?
We spend one-third of our lives sleeping. Therefore, howyou sleep and the bed you sleep on can have a dramatic effect on the support ofyourbody.When you sleep you need to be aware of how your neck and spine are supported. There are many different types of beds on the market todaywhich can be very confusing for consumers. The best type of bed is the one that you try out and feel most comfortable using. Typically, a bed that is firm underneath, with a softer top helps to provide support as well as contour your body. If your mattress is old, then think about investing in a newone so that your neck and spine are supported well. The best positions to sleep in for your spine are on your back or sides.Avoid sleeping on your stomach since your spine ends up twisted, especially your neck. Over the hours of repetitive sleeping on your stomach, you can damage the joints of your spine and compress the nerves exiting your spine. Use a pillow to help support your body and take the weight of your legs off your spine. If you like to sleep on your back, place a pillow under the backs of your thighs and knees. This should place your knees in a slight, supported bend which takes pressure off your lower back. If you sleep on your side, be sure to put a pillow between your knees. This helps keep the alignment of your spine, and takes the pressure of your upper leg off the spine.
Have 1-2 pillows underyour head to keep your neck in proper alignment. If you need 2 pillows stagger them so that one pillow overlaps the other by one half. The lower half goes under the shoulders, while the upper half supports the neck. Our physical therapists at AgeWell can show you exercises, stretches and techniques to relieve your pain and prevent it from returning. If you are suffering with neck or back pain, call us today to learn more about how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free life! Call AgeWell Physical Therapy at 516.488.8808 to schedule an appointment and help relieve your aching neck pain. everyone works together towards the common goal of improving the quality of life of the patients. When Grace is not at AgeWell or taking college classes, she can be found at the gym or at dance team practice. Grace is dedicated to staying in top physical shape, for both her competitive dancing and for her own health and wellness. Grace has had her share of sports injuries. In fact, years before Grace was an employee of AgeWell, she was a patient of AgeWell. Grace has rehabilitated multiple injuries of her own at AgeWell and has gained insight into the patient experience. This insight allows her to better assist the patients as they work toward achieving their own unique therapy goals.
S TA F F SPOT L I GH T
This month AgeWell and LiveWell are pleased to highlight one of the youngest members of the team. For nearly two years, Grace Jakob from Floral Park has been a therapy tech and a valuable contributor to the quality care provided by AgeWell Physical Therapy and LiveWell Occupational Therapy.
Grace presently works part time as she continues to take college classes towards her ultimate career goal of pediatric nurse oncology. Grace enjoys her work at AgeWell and learning about a host of different injuries and diagnoses. She most enjoys the positive working relationship she has with her co-workers and how
AgeWell and LiveWell recognize the value Grace brings to the therapy office and feel fortunate to have her on the team. We are pleased to continue to work with Grace and wish her success as she continues to pursue her long term educational and athletic goals.
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