Sleep Posture and Injury Recovery

Sleep Injury Recovery

Neutral sleep posture allows the body to heal properly and prevent future injury.

Why neutral is important:
Neutral posture reduces strain and pressure on joints and muscle, allowing good circulation and movement. With pressure on joints and muscle scar tissue can develop. Adhesions bind up tissue that needs to move – muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons can lead to tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. Range of motion and strength are affected. Pain can result.

How to achieve neutral sleep posture:
Start with a mattress that supports neutral posture. Because the human body has variation in mass and shape, a good mattress must have differentiated support from head to foot. Mattresses that do not have the ability to support differing body sections often mask that defect with extra firmness, this causes too much pressure on soft tissue and reduces compliance for shoulders and hips.

It is not possible to achieve a neutral sleep posture on many beds, especially air beds, because of their tendency to “hammock.” The iSleep bed overcomes this problem with additional zoned support that is custom tailored to each patient.

The two best sleep positions are lateral (side) or supine (back). Avoid prone (stomach) sleeping to avoid torsion in the neck and lower back that can create compression of the discs, degeneration and muscle strain.

Side Position
Lay on your side with a pillow under your head that is as thick as the distance between your ear and the bed when your neck is straight. Your head should not be elevated or sinking. You might have someone observe your neck while in this position in bed.

Back Position
Lay on your back with a one pillow under your head and neck that supports the natural cervical curve. Focus on the curve of your spine and adjust the bed to support the lumbar curve. On some beds it might be necessary to place a small pillow under your knees to achieve proper lumbar support.

The goal is to have the
EAR – SHOULDER – PELVIS – ANKLE
all in alignment.