Sleep and Shoulder Pain

Anyone who has ever had shoulder pain knows how near impossible it can be to get a good night's sleep. If you’ve had a shoulder injury or chronic shoulder pain, we hope the following tips may be of help.

  • Sleeping on your back will give your shoulders proper rest since they aren’t being stretched or compressed in any way. You want to make sure that you are using the proper pillow. Your pillow should not force you to flex your neck upwards or to tuck your chin in. If your neck feels stress, so will your shoulders!

  • If sleeping on your back isn’t enough on it’s own, place a pillow in the armpit area of the injured shoulder, and another under the arm on the same side. This will not only relieve pressure on the shoulder, it will also prevent you from rolling onto your sore shoulder in your sleep. 

  • If you are a side sleeper, it is best to try and sleep with your sore shoulder up. You can support the shoulder by placing a pillow in front of you (like you’re hugging it) and another pillow in the underarm. This will take pressure off of the shoulder. To finish off, a pillow between your legs will help to keep your pelvis in its natural position, which will help keep the spine straight. Once the spine is straight, the shoulders will be straight.

If you have persistent shoulder pain, please let your doctor know at your next appointment.  Along with an adjustment, your doctor may suggest laser therapy to help alleviate your symptoms and help with healing.