Scoliosis patients suffer from discomfort and pain due to the abnormal curvature of their spine. As a result, for many, it becomes increasingly difficult to sleep well at night. Though research has found that sleeping positions do not affect the progression of spinal curvature, there are certain positions that can either stimulate or reduce discomfort and pain.
Sleeping on the stomach is not a good idea for patients with scoliosis because it arches the back and contributes to physical discomfort while sleeping. It is better for scoliosis patients to lie on their back in a straight position with their arms out to the sides. Add a small pillow under your knees, legs, and feet to elevate them, and you can also add a small pillow under your arms if you desire.
If lying on your back is no longer comfortable for you, try sleeping on your side. Choose whichever side is most comfortable and place a rolled towel under your head or neck to support your spine and waist areas. Place a small pillow in between your knees and avoid hunching your back too much.
Always remember that the goal is to keep your body comfortable. Change your sleeping position from time to time so you can find the best position for you and prevent muscle strain.
Aside from the right sleeping positions, it is also good to invest in a good mattress that easily adjusts to your body instead of you adjusting to it. These mattresses offer comfort and can help you sleep soundly in the right position.
While these positions and pillow enhancements can provide pain relief during sleep, it is still best to talk with your chiropractor or physical therapist to get their input and suggetions. Keep in mind that not all cases of scoliosis are the same and that each has specific needs that must be met in order to relieve pain and fix the problem.
Manhattan Physical Therapy offers assistance for proper sleeping positions, body postures and physical activities to prevent further discomfort and pain associated with scoliosis. Each recommendation is specific to a patient’s individual case.