Reasons For Morning Back Pain

What are the reasons for morning back pain?

  1. Old mattress
  2. Wrong sleeping position
  3. Degenerative disc disease
Getting up with back pain is not the best way to start your day. This pain usually happens because your body is stiff for long periods while sleeping. You can experience it occasionally or more often than others.  The first step to treating this problem is to know the reasons for morning back pain. This way, you can solve the issue at the root and wake up to better mornings. If you’re interested, keep on reading to learn more!

Old Mattress

The bed you sleep on can cause your back pain in the mornings. This can happen when the mattress does not fully support your shape or body weight. That’s why it’s recommended to replace your mattress every 10 years or when you see signs of visible sagging or indentations.  When shopping for a new mattress, look for something that is comfortable and can support your body well. Don’t be afraid to spend money, because a quality mattress is a great investment. It can help improve your quality of sleep and prevent back pain. 

Wrong Sleeping Position

Sleeping posture is also another contributing factor to morning back pain. Poor sleeping positions increase the pressure on your spine, cause back strain, or put pressure on your joints.  Try to change your sleeping positions. It’s recommended to sleep on your side or your back.  If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs for better hip and spine alignment. If you’re a back sleeper, place a pillow beneath your knees instead. If you prefer to sleep on your stomach, make sure to place a pillow under your lower abdomen or pelvis to take pressure off your back. 

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease Degenerative disc disease (DDD) occurs when one or more discs in your back lose their strength. It’s a progressive condition, which means that it happens over time. It’s a result of aging and wear and tear.  As your spinal discs between your vertebrae deteriorate, it can cause pain and discomfort — which can get worse in the morning. This disease can cause the spinal nerves to compress, and result in pain in your lower back or neck.  Treatment for DDD includes over-the-counter pain relievers, ice packs, heat packs, back brace, and physical therapy. Chiropractic therapy can also help. In fact, it’s preferred by many, as it is gentle and non-invasive. This means this treatment option is much less likely to lead to side effects.  Seeing a chiropractor for this problem may include chiropractic adjustment, which helps ensure that the spine is in proper alignment. Other than that, spinal decompression may also help to bring space back between the vertebrae, allowing blood to flow and healing to occur.

Key Takeaway

There are many reasons for morning back pain, including using the wrong mattress, poor sleeping position, and DDD.  If your morning back pain doesn’t improve with your self-care measures, such as changing your sleeping position and buying a new mattress, you may want to contact a professional to help you.  Here at Chiropractor Philippines, we can help you improve your condition if you have DDD and other related musculoskeletal problems that are causing your pain. If you’re interested in booking an appointment, kindly send us a message here, so we can help you!

Written By: Dr. Benedicto Luz Adorable III

Dr. Ben is the CEO and Founder of Philippine Chiropractic Healthcare Specialist. He has a Doctorate Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

To read more about Dr. Ben, click here.

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