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Doctor insights on: Best Sleeping Positions For Muscle Strains

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I thought it was my heart but turns out to be my muscles that are hurting. Anyway I can alleviate this? Posture/sleeping positions? Massages?

I thought it was my heart but turns out to be my muscles that are hurting. Anyway I can alleviate this? Posture/sleeping positions? Massages?

Explore the cause: Now that you found the problem is muscular pain you should find what is causing it. It could be due to strain from lifting etc., caused by inflammation, caused by infections, structural mal-alignments etc. The optimal treatment depends on the underlying cause. Consult a holistic md, specialist in physical medicine or do who does osteopathic manipulation. See my comment for links. Good luck! ...Read more

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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I have neck strain. Don't know whether its a muscle strain or not. To relieve the pain I apply 'volini' but it does not last long. I sleep on 2 pillows?

I have neck strain. Don't know whether its a muscle strain or not. To relieve the pain I apply 'volini' but it does not last long. I sleep on 2 pillows?

Motion testing: When your neck hurts, one way to assess the cause is to slowly move your neck in flexion, extension, side to side and then lowering each ear to your shoulder. With significant muscle involvement, you will feel the particualr area of the muscle resist your motion. If you, instead hear a gentle popping, that may signal a joint issue. ...Read more

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Can a muscle spasam in neck and back cause stress and severe strain on eyes specially while sleeping?

Can a muscle spasam in neck and back cause stress and severe strain on eyes specially while sleeping?

Muscle strain: If this has been of short term onset please go to er and rule out meningeal infection
if it long term then please do a sleep study
it could just be regular muscle strain but eye involvement could suggest migraine. ...Read more

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Upper back/shoulder/collarbone pain after sitting at desk/working at a computer all day and after sleeping... muscle strain?

Upper back/shoulder/collarbone pain after sitting at desk/working at a computer all day and after sleeping... muscle strain?

Ergonomics: It is very important for people who work for long periods of time on a computer or doing repetitive tasks to have an ergonomic work station. Proper alignment is essential for injury prevention. Additionally, intermittent breaks for walking and stretching should be employed. ...Read more

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What are the best sleeping positions after you have a c section?

What are the best sleeping positions after you have a c section?

Not on stomach: Generally any position but flat on your stomach. Trying a pillow between your knees if you lye on you side or under your knees if you are on your back may also help. ...Read more

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What is the best sleeping positions be for cervical issues? Does a neck pillow help?

See details: A cervical pillow may help. Sleep on your back or side, never of your abdomen. ...Read more

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Is there a best sleeping positions for inguinal hernia?

Is there a best sleeping positions for inguinal hernia?

WhateversComfortable: There is no specific position that I would recommend if one has a hernia. However, following hernia repair, many patients have told me that getting out of bed is quite difficult the first few days after surgery; this is made much easier by sleeping in a reclining chair. ...Read more

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What are best sleep position (s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?

What are best sleep position (s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?

Neutrality: No positions or height/ firmness are standard. You should find what works best for you, but try to maintain neutral spine, or straight spine in each position. ...Read more

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For sciatica, do you have tips for sleeping positions?

Pillow under knees: Sciatica pain is most severe when the legs are straight so sleep on your back with a pillow rolled up and placed underneath your knees. ...Read more

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What are some good sleeping positions to help a sore low back?

What are some good sleeping positions to help a sore low back?

Pillows under legs: Here are my recommendations for sleeping with a sore back: 1) the most important thing for a sore back is to have the right type of mattress. You want one that will provide good support yet be able to accommodate pressure points. 2) whether you sleep on your side or on your back, it is a good idea to use pillows between your legs when on your side, & under your knees when lying on your back. ...Read more

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When I sleep on my right side, the left side of my hip burns. I wake up throughout the night and change sleeping positions, but it's not going away.?

When I sleep on my right side, the left side of my hip burns. I wake up throughout the night and change sleeping positions, but it's not going away.?

Hip burisitis: This pain is probably from hip bursitis. The bursa is the tissue on the side of the hip that can get inflamed with use or direct pressure.

Ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and possibly physical therapy will help. ...Read more

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What is the best and safest sleep position for a newborn?

What is the best and safest sleep position for a newborn?

Flat on back: The safest position/environment for a newborn sleep is flat on their back. Crib death declined 40% when we moved to this position. Any swaddling blanket used in the first days after birth should be loosened regularly until the kid gets use to the free movement & removed. The crib should have a firm mattress, no blankets or bumpers until the kid can stand (they suffocate in them). ...Read more

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Best sleep position (s) to alleviate or avoid waking up with achy neck and back?

Best sleep position (s) to alleviate or avoid waking up with achy neck and back?

Use pillows: Dear JenniScott,

Comfort is paramount when sleeping. Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs and improve neck pain. If you have lower back pain, using a pillow behind your knees to slightly elevate it can help back pain. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as it cause lead to unwanted neck discomfort in the am. A firmer bed or memory foam mattress may do the trick. Happy sleeping! ...Read more

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Suffering from back, neck and shoulder pain. Cannot fully rotate my neck for a few months now. I have tried all sleeping positions constantly in pain?

Suffering from back, neck and shoulder pain. Cannot fully rotate my neck for a few months now. I have tried all sleeping positions constantly in pain?

See below: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. It is common for neck pain to refer to the shoulder blade. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (Advil, Aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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Can you please recommend some effective sleeping positions to help a sore lower back?

Can you please recommend some effective sleeping positions to help a sore lower back?

Usually, avoid: Sleeping on your stomach. Using a fetal or knee pulled up to chest position on either your right or left side with or without a pillow between your knees is a common recommendation as is sleeping on your back with your knees bent with pillows under them as well. ...Read more

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Can sleeping positions effect the development of teeth and chin. My chin kind of changed and I don't know why.

Not likely: If you noticed a sudden change in your jaw, get it looked at ASAP to rule out any issue that may require immediate treatment. Sleep position isn't a likely cause but something else may be causing this. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from spondelitis problem n please tel me what are the correct sleeping positions and to mention I'm a sleeper on stomach n my neck paining?

Sleeping position: The correct sleeping position for any given individual is that which allows for sound & pain-free sleep such that you wake up refreshed. Whether this is on one side or other vs back or stomach is really up to you and may in fact change w/time. You'll need to experiment to find out what's best for you. ...Read more

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What is the best sleep position with a urinary catheter?

What is the best sleep position with a urinary catheter?

Catheters: Basically, the one that is most comfortable for you. It is best to have the Foley catheter secured to the outside thigh to reduce traction on the catheter which can cause pain and/or bleeding. ...Read more

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Pain from wrong sleeping positions, and also any simple pain relieving remedies to discontinue these body aches?

Pain from wrong sleeping positions, and also any simple pain relieving remedies to discontinue these body aches?

Yes: Body aches, by themselves, can cause sleep problems. Poor sleep is usually due to being aroused from sleep and this is often due to pain from some area of the body.
An over the counter pain medication such as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) taken one hour before retiring can help alleviate aches while sleeping.
A sleep study can provide more data-see your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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I can move my neck forward, right and left side easily, but it is very painful to move it backwards, why? No trauma, injury or bad sleeping positions?

I can move my neck forward, right and left side easily, but it is very painful to move it backwards, why? No trauma, injury or bad sleeping positions?

Neck sprain: Common, with faulty postures that we acquire theses days, watching TVs, using computers /smart phones. Rest, warm compresses, pain killers, and a correct posture would help, it may take some time, if no improvement, becomes worse or new symptoms develop see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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Are there any sleeping positions to cope with chronic stomach pain?

Are there any sleeping positions to cope with chronic stomach pain?

Ans.: Well the first question is why do you have stomach pain? How about that etiology is found. Go to your doctor and get evaluated and then you won't have to worry about sleep positilns ...Read more

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What are the healthiest sleeping positions?

It Depends: There aren't "healthy" and "unhealthy" sleep positions from a pure sleep point of view. If you have sleep apnea, sleeping on your back worsens the breathing event. Heartburn patients should sleep with their head elevated to reduce symptoms. In pregnancy, sleeping on your side is preferable, especially in the third trimester. ...Read more

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Sleep Position (Definition)

Sleep position = placement of head, neck & remainder ...Read more