How can sleeping on my side cause neck pain?

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy
When you lie on your side, your top shoulder and arm will drop to the bed, pulling your shoulder blade forward and creating an extension stress in the cervical spine, which results in neck pain. To prevent this, try sleeping with your arm resting on a pillow to help your shoulder blade remain in an optimal position.
Fixing You: Neck Pain & Headaches: Self-Treatment for healing Neck pain and headaches due to Bulging Disks, Degenerative Disks, and other diagnoses.

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Fixing You: Neck Pain & Headaches: Self-Treatment for healing Neck pain and headaches due to Bulging Disks, Degenerative Disks, and other diagnoses.

There are two major muscles connecting the shoulder blade to the head and neck. Because the shoulder system isn't working well, continual stress is placed on the head and neck creating...

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