Do you often wake up in the mornings with neck or back pain and stiffness? Do you constantly fluff, poke, prod and flip your pillow to help find the most comfortable position to sleep? If you have ever woken up with a sore, stiff, or painful neck, shoulder, or back, you may be suffering from improper sleep. Did you ever think that the cause if the lump of feathers that you try to lay your head on every night? How long have you had that particular pillow and how do you know if it is the right fit for your neck?

You weren’t born with a pillow under your head

After all, you weren’t born with a pillow under your head and for the first years of your life you slept soundly without one. You lay there swaddled in your crib asleep on your back, on a cushy surface for sure, but without the propped up, forward or laterally flexed neck position that a pillow often forces you into. We all grow accustomed to our necks being in certain positions and are constantly searching for the one pillow to make the best fit.

The thought process behind the modern pillow is intended to help us in our sleep and help us feel comfortable. However, the majority of individuals are searching for that support in fluffy, thick, overly large pillows, that have been created to mimic the pillows that evolved from wealth and style and not with a conscious effort to work with our anatomy to cradle our head and neck in a neutral position.

The thick pillow is not so bad if you are a side sleeper but if you sleep on your back then a thick fluffy pillow is basically the antagonist of restful sleep and a healthy spine. This is due to these ‘gigantic mounds of fluff’ pushing our head into various positions of flexion and lateral flexion, basically breaking the healthy neutral position that our head should be in to keep our neck muscles relaxed and happy.

Which way of sleeping is best?

The general consensus is that the best position to sleep in is on your back with your head held in a neutral position. In this position, a small amount of support of the neck is acceptable to help keep the normal curve of the cervical spine, with a minimal amount of cushioned support for the skull. Remember, in this sleeping position the plane of the face should be running horizontal or parallel to the ceiling. Here is where our standard pillow fails in its role as a sleep aide. It is generally too large and thick to properly cradle the head and neck without causing major forward bending at the cervical spine eventually resulting in a military or straightened cervical curve.

The second best position is on our side. In this position the pillow should be the thickness of your shoulder with enough firmness from your pillow to support the head and neck strongly in a neutral position, but with enough cushion that your arm isn’t a preferable option. In this sleeping position, your head should be neutral. You may find that your pillow is too large or too small to accommodate a completely neutral head and neck position.

What should you do with your old pillow?

After replacing your pillow with a more accurately sized one, you can recycle your old fluffy pillow by placing it between your legs in order to keep your hips and thighs in a neutral position similar to what they would be if you were standing up.

If you sleep on your stomach, then you should be actively working on sleeping on your side or on your back. Nearly any pillow in this position forces your head to be placed in intensely rotated positions, and pushes your spine into unnatural, potentially detrimental curvatures.

If you are a back sleeper who after reading this post, pulled your fluffy hunk of a pillow out from under your head and attempted to lower your head and neck to the bed behind you, only to find that there appears to be an infinite distance between your head and your bedding, then your neck is probably in need of some retraining. Our suggestion is to slowly and incrementally lower your head over the course of several months to a year. Try changing the height an inch at a time, making no immediate drastic changes, until your neck sits comfortably in a neutral position.

Author: Dr. Brandon Siegmund is a chiropractor in Houston, Texas. You can read more about Dr. Siegmund by clicking here for his bio page.

From the Atkins, Paleo, Vegan to Mediterranean diets there is so much information and opinion out there regarding the best diets. How could you possibly make an informed decision with all that background noise? Some important points to consider when embarking on a new eating plan or lifestyle change include:

• We are all different, therefore how can it be possible that one solution for someone could be the right one for everyone?
• While individual differences need to be accounted for there still remains certain principles that apply to majority of us
• You should not view any change in eating habits as a ‘diet’ but rather an overhaul in your entire lifestyle to assist you in achieving greater longevity.

Australian Chiropractor, Dr. James Allen of Vitality Chiropractic Australia explains that “food can be an enormous contributing factor to your wellbeing and therefore must be taken seriously.” General education regarding food groups is very important. Dr. James lists grains, dairy, sugars and certain oils as the major food sources to be wary of.  Given Chiropractors are primary health care experts we should be assessing patients for nutritional imbalances.

Do you show signs that the food you consume isn’t agreeing with your body? Potential signs may include generally being unwell, changes in mood, energy, concentration, bodily aches and pain, bloating, constipation and more.
Improve your eating starting now by formulating a lifestyle approach. How you move, eat and think, underpinned by an optimally functioning and adapting nerve system via Chiropractic care ensures your greatest opportunity to realize your human potential.

Author: James Allen

Headache treatment in Denver is offered through the professionals at Denver Chiropractic, LLC. Tension, migraine, chronic and cluster headaches are some of the most incapacitating and painful experiences someone can endure. Although most of the time they are not life-threatening, people that experience headaches know that they are something that is uncontrollable and hard to manage. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches and 20% of all people that suffer from headaches have chronic, or recurrent, headaches. Chiropractic care is able to provide relief to those suffering from headaches.

Many headaches are caused by the daily stresses of life. These certain types of headaches, known as tension headaches, form when there is a buildup of tense muscles in the neck, shoulders and back, creating a headache that can become unbearable. A chiropractor is able to loosen those muscles and reduce the headache with their spinal manipulation techniques. The chiropractor will give you advice for stretches and exercises that will help reduce the tense muscles.

A misbalance in the neck region is found to be the cause of other certain types of headaches, and with chiropractic care the neck can be corrected with adjustments, making chiropractic care the most common alternative therapy for headache sufferers. Posture issues can correlate with headaches as well, another issue that can be corrected with chiropractic treatment.

Headache sufferers notice pain decreases after several treatments as their muscles become less tight and nerve irritation decreases. By using chiropractic adjustments, stretching, nutrition and exercises that correct the spine, a patient is able to achieve optimal results. Chiropractors don’t use medications or surgery as a form of treatment, therefore your headache treatment will be handled with spinal adjustments and other hands-on techniques, such as active release technique, that your chiropractor has determined to benefit you the most. Your headache pain can diminish in a non-invasive way that is meant to help prevent headaches in the future and promote overall health.

Chiropractic adjustments have significant effectiveness for people who suffer from headaches. Patients that experience headaches of any sort benefit from chiropractic treatment with their hands-on techniques and spinal manipulations. Our chiropractic offers headache treatment in Denver to better enhance your well-being.

Contact Denver Chiropractic to learn more about headache treatment in Denver.

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Does your car get more maintenance than you? Just recently I had two new patients the same week, that upon meeting them, exclaimed to me that they do not want to be hooked, or dependent on chiropractic. I told them in a jokingly manner, that I’ll have to see them three times per week for the rest of their lives. Chiropractic maintenance in Denver is not like this.

I see where they are coming from, especially from a perspective of a person that has never seen a chiropractor. There is a misconception out there that, once you see a chiropractor, you have to see them for the rest of their life. I suppose this concept depends largely on how you take care of yourself. There are lots of people that understand the benefits of getting maintenance care, and so do so.

So, when a chiropractic virgin talks to a regular, it might seem overboard to them, or strange that a person goes to the chiropractor in Denver on a regular basis. I suppose it all depends on how you want to treat your body. Some could care less about how healthy they are, this is not the chiropractic patient.

The chiropractic patient wants to get better, stay better, and live better. So, if you enjoy living in your body, and want to take full advantage of its capabilities, then regular maintenance care should be part of your life.

Our American culture is somewhat askew. Large powerful corporations with a seemingly endless amount of marketing monies impress a lifestyle of materialistic goods, and quick fixes. I see people dump their hard earned money in to customizing their car, yet they have no health insurance.

Or, they have the latest smart phone technology, yet they feed their body with empty calories that come from the fast food corner junk stand. It is time to take a stand and value what maters. Our health!

The chiropractor is well versed in well being, and prevention. We get more education in nutrition, and exercise than the medical doctor. Our specialty revolves around making you feel better without drugs, and without surgery.

I find it ironic that some people that have never been to a chiropractor regularly adjust themselves. Yet they will not spend the minimal amount of cost to have a professional adjust them. By the way, most people of self adjust are not completely addressing the misalignment, and can be making their spine worse. Getting adjusted by a professional will keep you aligned much longer, and you will have that feeling of needing to self adjust much less. We are happy to provide services regarding chiropractic maintenance in Denver.

Feed your body well, move your body well, and be well.

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC
Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd. Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211


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Contact your local Denver chiropractor if you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, have been in a denver car accident, sports injury, maintenance care, or interested in wellness care.

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211


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Denver Chiropractor, Dr. Artichoker explains the causes of back pain.

Denver Chiropractor, Dr. Artichoker explains the causes of back pain.

Chiropractic maintenance care is actually a great phrase for spinal hygiene. Just about everything in life needs care for continuation of optimal function. In regards to health, maintenance is an absolute, and not an option. I think health maintenance is a simplistic concept, and easy to understand, in that our health is a direct effect of how we treat our bodies.

The foundation of our bodies is the spine and everything it houses, and without proper function, your body is working sub optimally. Sub optimal function leads to increase stress and strain on the parts of the body that lead to fatigue, break down, and dysfunction.

As a denver chiropractor that deals with mechanically dysfunctional bodies, I recommend getting your spine adjusted at least once a month. Everyone is different, and so once a month might be to much, or for some, to less. It all depends on how you are taking care of your body. Are you exercising regularly? Are you eating healthy foods? Has your body had any past trauma? Do you have spinal conditions?

Those are some of the questions that are needed answered before maintenance care can be recommended. Another worthy question, how much do you want to spoil your self? Usually, once a person gets several adjustments and understands the feeling of being aligned. It is much easier for you to know how often your body needs adjusted, and when it is time to see the chiropractor.

So, there is no magical number about how often you should get adjusted. It is completely up to you on how you utilize chiropractic. I get adjusted once a month and feel that is a good time frame for my body to get aligned and worked on.

Treat your body, get adjusted.

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211


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