If you’re suffering from back pain, it could be keeping you up at night. Poor sleep posture can make back pain worse. If you’re desperate for a good night’s sleep, here are some tips for easing the pain.
Adjust Your Sleep Posture
Often the best way to sleep is to gently support the natural curve of the spine. This usually means sleeping on the back with the head, shoulders, and hips in alignment. If your body isn’t naturally aligned, using pillows for support is your best bet. You may have to try a few postures to figure out which works best for you.
- Lay down on the back
- Place a supportive pillow under your head
- Place a small pillow under your knees
- Place a small pillow under the lower back
If pain persists when sleeping on the back, sleeping on the side is an option if you do it right. Keeping with the correct spinal alignment doesn’t happen naturally when you’re on your side. Simply adding a small pillow in between your legs will raise your upper leg just enough to bring your spine into alignment.
Depending on where your pain is located, your sleep posture can be modified by working with a professional physical therapist.
Arrange Home Health Physical Therapy
Santé Home Health and Rehabilitation offers a variety of services provided to patients in the comfort of their home, including physical therapy.
Physical therapy services help:
- Improve endurance
- Rehabilitate following a surgery
- Enhance gait (walking technique) training
- Increase mobility and strength
When used properly, physical therapy can help alleviate pain and soreness caused by other conditions. To begin, a physical therapist will assess your joints and connecting limbs. All parts of your extremities work together, and pain can be connected to other joints in your body. Before you meet with a physical therapist for treatment, you should be able to clearly describe where the pain is located and what other symptoms you are having.
Your physical therapist will advise you on the types of exercises you could be performing at home and sleep tips to help alleviate pain when sleeping.
Santé is proud to offer a variety of senior healthcare options, including in-home physical therapy. From our Transitional Rehabilitation Centers and Hospice to our Home Health component, Santé’s goal is to reshape the after-hospitalization care industry and revolutionize the way guests and patients heal their mind, body, and spirit. For more information about our physical therapy and other health care services, call us at (480) 563-2402 or stop by one of our five Arizona locations.