Say Goodnight to Morning Stiffness

Published July 30th, 2019 by Dr. Markson

One of the most common complaints we hear from new patients is that they suffer from stiffness in the morning. “First movement” pain or morning stiffness is usually present for anywhere from 15-45 minutes. As the day progresses, the stiffness subsides, only to come back with a vengeance in the evening. Here’s what you need to know about morning stiffness and how we can help.

What Causes Morning Stiffness?

The most common cause of morning stiffness is usually arthritis, which can be determined by an x-ray. As the saying goes, “motion is lotion” for the joints and when you’re sleeping, they too are at rest. That means fluid tends to build up along with inflammation, causing joints to stiffen. This can also happen after sitting for extended periods of time. Stiffness and pain can also occur for those not suffering from arthritis, so it is important to determine the root of the issue so we can find the right treatment plan for your needs.

Spinal Arthritis

Some common symptoms of spinal arthritis/morning stiffness include:

  • Tingling or aching from pressure on nearby nerves

  • Aching pain in the area of damage

  • Certain movements that increase pain in the affected area

  • Inability to complete certain tasks like tying shoes or picking something off the floor

  • Loss of flexibility

  • Sound coming from the joint with particular movements

  • Altered or hunched over posture

How To Help with Spinal Arthritis/Stiffness

When it comes to morning stiffness and spinal arthritis, there are several steps you take to find relief.

  • Get moving! You might want to just stay still, but movement will ultimately help. You may need to take frequents rests and learn your tolerance, but movement is key.

  • Eat up! Add anti-inflammatory foods into your diet like ginger, turmeric, berries, and green tea.

  • Keep up with regular chiropractic care! This one is a given! Be sure to maintain regular adjustments to ensure you are in proper alignment and no added pressure is being put on the nerves. Chiropractic care will also help increase your range of motion and decrease muscle tension.

  • Allow your body to wake up! Just as your brain needs some time to wake up, so does your body. After sleeping or prolonged sitting, move slowly and do some gentle stretches. A warm shower or bath can also help first thing in the morning.

  • Try supplements! Supplementing with glucosamine and omega 3’s may be just the boost your body needs to stop stiffness.

No matter what pain you are experiencing, know that you don’t have to. Click here to contact us to learn more about how chiropractic can help you find relief.

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