When you experience neck pain, you often tend to blame it on incorrect posture. But did you know that pillows also play an important role for a good night’s sleep? Even though changing pillows is a common norm, it’s not healthy. The use of a pillow while sleeping should vary from person to person. In an Instagram video, fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala showed how to choose the right pillow. Yasmin, along with physiotherapist Dr. Hemakshi Basu a few tips to get rid of stiffness in the neck.
Choose the right pillow to avoid neck stiffness
Yasmin captioned the post: “Wake up with a stiff neck and wonder this shouldn’t happen after spending so much money on your pillow?” She added that she “had the same problem” until she discussed it with Dr. Hemakshi Basu, who told her how to choose the right pillow.
In the clip, Dr. Hemakshi Basu pointed out that a person with narrow shoulders should use a thin pillow. On the other hand, someone with broad shoulders should sleep on a thick pillow.
She further recommended 3 things to remember when choosing a suitable pillow –
1) the height of a pillow, which plays a crucial role
2) nose should be parallel to the pillow
3) the pressure on the shoulder should be minimal.
If you have checked all three boxes, you can continue to use the same pillow.
Watch the video here:
Another simple mistake that causes neck injuries is working incorrectly on a laptop. The posture while “working at home” has led to various complaints of neck, back and back injuries. During these long working hours it is important to get the sitting position right. In a previous post, Yasmin Karachiwala and Dr. Hemakshi Basu see how to use the laptop properly. Read about it here.
You can also try some “desk stretches” to deal with neck and back pain. These include neck glides, shoulder and chest stretches, arm openers, full spine stretches, and ankle stretches.
Don’t let a stiff neck or aching shoulders take a toll on our bodies and well-being. By adjusting just a few lifestyle habits, you can easily get such ailments under control.
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