If you sleep in a position like I have in the past, with both hands under your pillow while you lay on your side, you can pinch a nerve in your neck if your shoulder of the arm that’s up starts to relax and leans in toward your head or neck. It would be better to lay your arm of your upper hand down on your leg while one hand is under your pillow.
And if you can, buy a few different thickness pillows for throughout the night. I do not know about you, but I can not have a high, fluffy pillow when I lay on my back. A thin pillow gives me neck ache when I lay on my side.
There is posture. I know this is not the first time you have heard this, but it needs to be said again and again.
Posture should be noted in sitting, standing, and sleeping. Start taking note of your posture at all times. Start working on fixing it if it is not straight.
I have found that 4 major things play an important part in your spine’s health.
I have studied and taken courses in acupressure. I also have looked into psychological issues to do with pain and medical problems.
Reiki Masters study natural healthy methods such as Acupressure, Electro-Acupuncture, Reflexology, Crystal Therapy, Chinese Magnetic Cupping and have a health related web site devoted to health issues and natural healing techniques.
1. See a Chiropractor
Of course if you feel a chiropractor is your best choice, by all means seek one. Think about your progress if you could align your own back when ever you needed to. It’s not all that hard!
What you want to do when you notice your back goes out a lot and you experience pinched nerves, is in getting your spine back into alignment and having it flexible.
2. Flex Your Back
The second thing on our list is the flexibility of your back.
I am going to condense this article for convenience since it is a combination of four major studies in themselves, but you can get a book or read full articles at Google.
3. Manage with Temperature
Put ice or heat on the spot until the pain seems to lessen if you are in pain at the present.
Do NOT, under any circumstances exercise while any of your nerves are swollen or inflamed!
4. Stretch Daily
The last and fourth step in back health is to start a daily stretching routine. You have
seen dogs and cats stretch when they get up, try it for yourself!
It is very important to strengthen your back and the surrounding muscles. This is the third step to a healthy back.
Doing sit-ups is one such exercise, You do not have to do many sit-ups until you feel you can … step by step.
Take all of these things slow and at the pace of your body. Your body will let you know what it is feeling. Pain is a warning sign.
When you really need them, just remember … taking pain pills is okay. Also remember that they do not heal the problem, they only mask the warning sign, they simply stop the warning sign, but not the underlying problem.
Health is more than just eating. One has to consider mental health, environmental, and many other factors. It is not all that easy for a doctor to diagnose the complete problem and cure it, especially if it has roots in psychological issues and has gone a long time unchecked, and became a physical problem.
I also have looked into psychological issues to do with pain and medical problems. I do not know about you, but I can not have a high, fluffy pillow when I lay on my back. Think about your progress if you could align your own back when ever you needed to. To get your back more flexible you might want to learn Kundalini yoga. Pain is a warning sign.
When it flares up, I recommend you learn a little about acupressure as well to maintain your pain.
I have found that I can manage pain by using acupressure, simply by putting pressure on certain areas of the body. That is something I suggest you seek a professional for help, or look for someone who does acupuncture, or take a course in acupressure like I did.
The key to back health is in keeping it strong and actively flexible, or well supported by the stomach and back muscles. You may have to find that happy medium in between like I have, being too much strength in one area will pull out another.
Each person is uniquely different in many areas. Never think what worked for someone else is going to work for you. You may have to build on someone else’s information and work it into your own, personal program.
To get your back more flexible you might want to learn Kundalini yoga. Kundalini yoga is also a spiritual tool to help before meditation.