Do you have Bed Neck?
Have you ever woken up with a stiff, sore neck after a late-night phone scrolling session in bed? If so, you might be experiencing a modern-day phenomenon known as 'Bed Neck.' With the ever-growing reliance on smartphones and other handheld devices, our health is often compromised in subtle ways that we don't immediately recognize. 'Bed Neck' is a term adopted by health professionals to explain the neck and back pain associated with using smartphones in bed.
The Rise of Bed Neck
Bed Neck, a variant of the widely recognized 'Text Neck,' is essentially an overuse syndrome or repetitive strain injury that affects the neck. It's the result of the prolonged, awkward posture many of us adopt while using our smartphones in bed. Over time, this posture can place excessive strain on the neck and upper back muscles, leading to discomfort and pain.
Symptoms of Bed Neck
The symptoms of Bed Neck closely mirror those of Text Neck. They include neck pain and soreness, upper back pain that can range from a chronic, nagging pain to sharp, severe upper back muscle spasms. Other symptoms might include shoulder pain and tightness, and in severe cases, neurological symptoms such as numbness and tingling in the arms due to nerve compression.
Preventing Bed Neck
Prevention is crucial when it comes to Bed Neck. Good posture is just as important when lying down as it is when standing or sitting. If using a smartphone or handheld device in bed, it's recommended to maintain a neutral position with the device held at eye level. Taking frequent breaks and performing simple neck and shoulder stretches can significantly help reduce the risk of developing Bed Neck.
Managing Bed Neck with AllSett Health's Bed Wedge Pillow
If you're already experiencing symptoms of Bed Neck, there are several treatment options that can help alleviate discomfort. Physical therapy plays a crucial role in managing Bed Neck. A physical therapist can design a personalized exercise and stretching program to strengthen your neck and upper back muscles and improve posture.
In addition to these interventions, an effective strategy for managing Bed Neck includes making ergonomic adjustments in your sleeping environment. The AllSett Health's Multi Purpose Bed Wedge Pillow Set, designed by orthopedic specialists, can be an excellent addition to your sleeping routine. This versatile set features two uniquely sized cushions which support usage for the head, back, and as the perfect leg elevation pillow.
By supporting your upper back and shoulders, the back-support pillow promotes a better sleep position. The medically designed 12" height can help relieve neck and back pain, acid reflux, GERD, snoring, allergies, and other breathing issues. The leg wedge pillow reduces pressure on muscles, discs, and tailbone, decompressing the back and allowing passive traction using the weight of your body.
Bed Neck is a preventable and manageable condition. By understanding its causes, taking appropriate preventive measures, and incorporating beneficial products like AllSett Health's Bed Wedge Pillow Set, we can continue to enjoy the conveniences of modern technology without compromising our physical health. Always remember, if you're experiencing persistent neck or back pain, it's advisable to seek medical attention.