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  • Dr. Eric Carlsen

Understanding Morning Back Pain

man sitting on edge of bed with one hand on low back and one on head

Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling stiff and achy in your lower back? If so, you're not alone. Many of my patients come to me complaining of morning back pain, and several common culprits could be contributing to this discomfort.

One possible explanation for morning back pain is your mattress. An old or worn-out mattress may no longer provide adequate support for your spine, leading to misalignments and discomfort. If your mattress is too soft or too firm for your body type and sleeping preferences, it can cause pressure points and strain on your back muscles.

Similarly, your choice of pillows can also impact your spinal alignment. Using pillows that are too high or too flat can cause your neck to be out of alignment with the rest of your spine, leading to tension and discomfort in the morning. It's essential to choose a pillow that keeps your head and neck in a neutral position while you sleep.

Poor sleeping positions can also contribute to morning back pain. Sleeping on your stomach, for example, can put undue stress on your lower back and neck, leading to discomfort upon waking. Instead, try sleeping on your back or side with a pillow between your knees to promote proper spinal alignment.

Another potential cause of morning back pain that often goes overlooked is subluxations or misalignments of the vertebrae in your spine. Subluxations can occur due to poor posture, repetitive movements, or sudden jolts to the spine. When left unaddressed, subluxations can lead to chronic discomfort and decreased mobility, including morning back pain.

As your chiropractor, I'm here to help you identify the underlying causes of your morning back pain and develop a personalized treatment plan to address them.

Through chiropractic adjustments, we can correct subluxations, improve spinal alignment, and alleviate discomfort. I can also offer guidance on choosing the right mattress and pillows and adopting healthy sleep habits to promote a restful night's sleep and a pain-free morning.

Remember, your mornings should be a time to rise and shine, not to wake up feeling achy and stiff. If you're experiencing morning back pain, don't hesitate to reach out to us for support. Together, we can get to the root of the problem and help you start your day off on the right foot.


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