Neck

Do you have a straight neck? Here's something you may not have thought of.

Our dally habits and behaviors change our bodies over time.

I’ve had several clients tell me that they’ve had x-rays showing that their neck is completely straight. Most people believe that this is due to time spent at the computer, or looking down at their phone all day, but one thing no one seems to think about is how their neck is positioned during sleep.

If humans were meant to sleep on pillows, we would exit the vaginal canal at birth, with a pillow in hand, but we do not—wink wink.

Pillows are a cultural norm and they’re not actually necessary

Humans have adapted to using pillows over time, so going from constantly using one to not using one can sometimes cause discomfort.

I slowly transitioned to sleeping without a pillow over the course of a year and my neck really seems to prefer it.

Check out the video below, where I show you the difference in the position of my neck with two different pillows—a super fluffy one and a fancy “neck cradling pillow”—and the natural position, just allowing my head to rest on the floor.

As you probably noticed in the video, just allowing my head to rest on the ground, or on my bed, allows my neck to retain its natural curvature. This is a good thing ;)

How to:

If you’re thinking about going pillow-less, take it one step at a time.

You can start by downsizing and bit by bit, make your way down to allowing your head to comfortably lay on your bed. If you get any kinks, aches or pains, just go back up a bit, until you’re able to comfortably sleep without the aid of a pillow.

I’m curious—are you planning on giving this a try? If so, I’d like to hear from you in the comments below.

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Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.

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Pain in your neck? Here's one simple trick for relieving neck pain and tension

One of the best ways I’ve found to reduce tension in my neck is this simple exercise below.

Not only does it help my neck, but it also gives my chest a good stretch, and it squeezes tension from my traps and from between my shoulder blades.

If you’re a computer-worker, you will absolutely love this.

How to:

The goal is to keep your neck muscles as relaxed as possible, and let the movement of your head come from the motion of your hands (all of this is explained in the video).

We are working to train your nervous system to relax while going through this motion. We want it to think that this movement is safe, so it realizes that it no longer needs to send pain signals your way.

By doing this, you’re allowing your neck to move in a new way. The pain and stiffness you’ve been feeling may very well not be there with this exercise.

NOTE: If you are experiencing pain with this exercise, back off a bit. Just move to the edge of the pain, not through it. Eventually, with regular practice, you should be able to move your head pain free, further and further.

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Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.

Please note, all material on this website is for for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice.

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