Patient Success Spotlights
“They made sure I don’t have any more pain.” “Helen and Mitch were a wonderful team and helped decrease the pain in my hip. They gave me strategies and stretches to complete at home to continue my recovery and assure I don’t have any more pain. Helen made sure to look at everything that may have been contributing to my pain in order to pinpoint the problem. Thanks!!.” – L.G.
“Hands down – the PT for me!” “I came in with a tear in my shoulder. After several weeks here with Laura and Mitch they have helped me in so many ways. I would like to thank them so much for all the hard work they put into me. Hands down this will be the only therapy place for me. Thanks again!” – B.M.
Are You Hurting Your Neck While You Sleep?
We spend one third of our lives sleeping. Therefore, how you sleep and the bed you sleep on can have a dramatic effect on the support of your body. 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 today which 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 new one 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 under your 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.
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