The average American sleeps about 7 hours per night according to estimates. That is a long time to be in a relatively still position. Is it bad to sleep in a position that compromises your spine all night? Evidence suggests that poor sleeping habits may affect your health. One way to counter this is with pillow that supports proper spinal structure.
What is proper spinal structure you may ask? If you’re a back sleeper, your pillow should tuck into the base of the neck while reinforcing the normal C-shaped curve. If you’re a side sleeper, your pillow should support your head and neck so it remains in line with the rest of your spine. Stomach sleeping does not support normal spinal structure, so we do not recommend it.
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Think about it like a car. If the car’s alignment is off, what will happen? Will the tires wear more on one side than the other? Will the brakes gradually give out on the side with abnormal stress? Eventually, it could affect the whole car. Your body is no different. When your spine shifts from normal alignment, it puts added stress on the ligaments, bones, muscles, blood vessels and even the electric wiring (spinal cord) of your body. This can wear you down and cause secondary issues like muscle spasm, neck pain, headaches and more.
This is why at Keystone Chiropractic we evaluate and investigate what type of pillow our patients use to make sure it complements the correction phase of care. We measure your shoulders and make sure the pillow is the correct size. Your results are as important to us as they are for you. Our goal is to address as many factors that contribute to structural shifts of the spine as we can. After all, structure determines function.