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Belle Chasse, LA, patients — how to sleep with a stiff neck and shoulder

December 7th, 2019
How to Sleep With a Stiff Neck and Shoulder

If you’re dealing with neck and shoulder stiffness that is interfering with your sleep, chances are you’ve tried any number of methods to get some rest at night. From a hot shower to a memory foam mattress to sleeping pills, if pain and stiffness are keeping you awake, it can be easy to become frustrated and lose hope. Fortunately, there are effective and natural treatments that can help you find meaningful relief and improved functioning, including physical therapy. 

By working with a physical therapist, you can gain better strength and mobility through therapeutic exercise, as well as receive manual therapy to help relax stiff muscles. At our clinic in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, Rehab Access and our team of highly trained therapists can help you develop a targeted treatment plan that can help you get better sleep at night and function better during the day. 

As you take a few moments to review this brief guide, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need more information. We’re here to help. 

Treatment for stiffness and pain in the neck and shoulder  

Whether it’s caused by an auto accident, sports-related injury or an age-related condition, our physical therapists can work with you to address the underlying causes of your neck and shoulder stiffness. It all starts with a thorough one-on-one evaluation of your condition and health history that includes the following steps: 

  • Review your medical and treatment history, including any relevant diagnostic imagery or doctor’s notes
  • Ask questions about your specific symptoms and how they are affecting normal activities, including sleep
  • Perform a physical examination to establish a baseline for range of motion and pain levels
  • Administer movement tests to identify potentially problematic postural and mechanical issues

From there, you can work closely with your therapist to develop a personalized treatment plan consisting of active and passive treatments designed to improve functionality and promote the healing process. You can also work on effective strategies to promote a better night’s sleep, including stretches and at-home treatments you can administer. 

Work with the physical therapy leaders in Belle Chasse, LA

Don’t lose another night of sleep due to neck and shoulder stiffness. Contact a member of our highly compassionate team today to schedule your initial appointment.