Active Seniors

What does your pillow say about you?

When assessing someone’s health and lifestyle, a question that is often neglected is how many pillows do you sleep with? While this question may seem irrelevant, it gives us alot of information about what a persons mobility is like. If your answer to this question is more than one pillow, there is a very high chance that you have mobility restrictions in the upper back, neck and shoulder areas.

Adding more pillows creates a forward push on the upper body and often feels more comfortable for people if their posture when standing is similar. You see over time if your body becomes used to maintaining a specific posture that is outside of what would be considered neutral, the tissues will change their length and tone and adapt to this new posture.

Taking away pillows can often be uncomfortable as it stretches some of the tissues have become shortened over time due to their sustained position. Like everything else in life, change should be gradual. If you gently start to reduce the height of your pillows until you are comfortable this can allow your neck to gradually adapt to being in a different posture.

How many pillows do you sleep with?

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