Neck and back problems can be a real pain, especially first thing in the morning. Fortunately, there are quite a few things people can do to help prevent waking up with a stiff neck and back in the morning.

If you suffer from consistent back and neck pain, contact Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center and Motorsports Rehab to see if Dr. Jen Lidstrom can help. Located in Cornelius, NC, Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center offers a variety of chiropractic adjustments to help you live your life pain free. Here are some great lifestyle tips to help you feel better in the morning.

How You Sleep Is Essential

There are two ways sleep can factor into chronic or even occasional neck and back problems.

Firstly, getting six to eight hours of restorative sleep each night plays a huge role in relieving or at least mitigating all sorts of body aches, pains and symptoms.

During sleep cycles, the human body heals and repairs itself in many ways that are understood and many that are not yet understood, but all doctors can agree on one thing: sleep is vital to overall health.

Secondly, it is important that you sleep in positions ideal for proper back and neck alignment.

While sleeping on your stomach is not the best bet if you have back and neck pain, sleeping on your back or on your side can help relieve tension.

The pillow you use is also an important consideration when attempting to relieve stiffness and soreness in the morning. When shopping, look for pillows that are designed for specific purposes, such as orthopedic pillows designed for side-sleepers or back-sleepers. You may pay a bit more for these pillows, but they may go a long way in maintaining your health.

Feather pillows can be a less expensive option, and can also help relieve neck stiffness in the morning by contouring to your body. However, these will need to be replaced more often than memory-foam pillows as they tend to become flat rather quickly.

Exercises, Stretches and Massage

When it comes to occasional back and neck pain, sometimes a soak in a warm Epsom salt bath or a massage from a skilled technician is all you need.

Drink plenty of water to help remove toxins that can aggravate musculoskeletal pain. Massage can help stir these toxins up, and the Epsom salts baths can help draw them out; proper hydration ensures everything moves along as it should.

You can also research specific neck exercises online, but be sure to review any new program or regimen with your physician.

Stay Active during the Day

If you attend school or work in an office setting, you may be sedentary for much of the day. Factor in commute times, and people are sitting more than ever these days.

Poor posture combined with copious amounts of sitting is a recipe for disaster for your neck and spine. Be as active as possible throughout the day by taking frequent breaks and walking as much as possible. Work on achieving proper spinal alignment when sitting or resting.

Ergonomically designed chairs can help improve posture during the day which may help prevent back and neck stiffness when you rise to greet each morning.

As with any medical condition, if your symptoms get worse or the pain becomes significant, contact your physician for further diagnosis and treatment options.