If you are like many other Americans living around the country, you very well may wake up stiff and sore in the morning. Perhaps it goes away throughout the day, but it may stick with you. It is never comfortable to feel stiff when you try doing anything. Unfortunately, there is no way another person can know if you are feeling stiff or sore. Even if you tell someone about your discomfort, they will not truly know the extent of your pain. Sometimes you aren’t even believed, which can be extremely infuriating. There are many reasons why you may feel sore, but here are the most likely reasons.
- Muscle Knot. A knot in the muscle can cause extreme soreness and discomfort. Knots can technically form anywhere you have muscle, however the shoulders and back are the most common area to find them. Although there are not actual knots involved, it certainly feels like there is a bump under the skin similar to one. These are contractions in the muscles that are similar to a spasm.
- Arthritis/Fibromyalgia. Arthritis is one of the biggest reasons why people wake up stiff. This can depend on what kind of arthritis, how far it has progressed, and even things like what elevation you live at or what the weather is like. If you wake up in pain most days, think about seeing a rheumatologist and ask your normal doctor if you may be suffering from arthritis or fibromyalgia.
- Slept Wrong. If you don’t wake up in pain most days, or even if you do, it may be something as simple as the way you are sleeping. Try getting a new pillow, or maybe even a new mattress. See if you can get comfortable in a different position. You may want to set up a webcam overnight so you can see if you twist into any odd positions in your sleep.
- Stress. When we sleep, we are not technically in control of our bodies. Although we think of ourselves as relaxing at night, this isn’t always the case. Some people move all night and this is especially true if you are stressed. You may tense your body all night without knowledge or it may simply be the stress you feel manifesting itself physically.
If you come into DiBella Chiropractic today, we can help you get rid of some of that stiffness and soreness. We may even be able to give you an idea of what is causing it. Come and see what we can do to make your life pain free.