It’s Sleep Sunday, so let’s talk about the best sleep positions for people who suffer from back pain. If are suffering from degenerative disc disease then they say that one of the best positions is to sleep on your stomach as this can relieve the pressure on the disc space. You should then place a flat pillow under your stomach and hips to help reduce stress on your lower back.
However, in general, elevating the knees slightly by placing a pillow under them while lying on your back can help many general forms of low back pain.
If you are experiencing upper back pain then use a memory foam pillow or no pillows under your head. Lie on your side and place a pillow between your knees.
When lying in bed try the Fowler Position, on your back with legs bent at right angles and supported by a pillow stack which helps to minimise pressure on your discs.
According to wikepedia the Fowler’s position is a standard patient position. It is used to relax tension of the abdominal muscles, allowing for improved breathing in immobile patients as it alleviates compression of the chest due to gravity, and to increase comfort during eating and other activities. It is also used in postpartum women to improve uterine drainage. The patient is placed in a semi-upright sitting position (45-60 degrees) and may have knees either bent or straight.
No one knows more about back and neck pain than Robin McKenzie. The world-renowned physiotherapist and author has dedicated his working life to developing innovative and effective solutions to neck and back ailments. Currently used by leading physiotherapists worldwide his range of lumbar rolls are the result of 40 years of expertise in successfully treating neck and back problems.
This McKenzie night roll ties around the waist or can be pinned to the bed sheets to support the lower back. It helps to prevent strain that can be caused by poor sleeping positions.