By Sherry Brooks
It seems like most Americans suffer from neck pain. Many elderly adults turn their entire body, when attempting to turn their head because of a lifetime of accumulated stiffness and pain in the neck and shoulders.
When I was in China I visited a doctor of Chinese medicine with a small group of tourists. He could feel where their neck muscles were sore and where there was shoulder tension. The Chinese traditionally sleep on very hard beds with a flat pillow, if there is a pillow at all. They feel that it is better for the back to sleep on a hard bed, whereas Americans like a soft bed with high, fluffy pillows.
The Chinese doctor told us that it is our soft beds and high pillows that cause us to suffer so much neck pain in the West.
If you have neck pain and shoulder tension or simply wish to avoid developing it as you age, there are measures you can take that won't cost anything.
First, try to train yourself to sleep on yourRead More »from Pain in the American Neck