Everyone has been there. Your mind is telling you to wake up and get out of bed, but this goal isn't translated throughout your body. Instead of bouncing right up, your back is so stuff, you can barely sit up, let alone walk. This morning stiffness isn't something you have to deal with. Taking a closer look at this problem can help you discover why you're experiencing this and most importantly, how you can overcome it.

Muscle Imbalances

Fortunately, when it comes to back stiffness in the morning, it's very rare that a serious problem is occurring. Often, this is the result of a muscle imbalance. A muscle imbalance often occurs when a particular muscle is being forced into an awkward position or is strained. If you aren't exercising good sleeping habits, you are more likely to experience a muscle imbalance.

This is particularly the case if you're sleeping on your back. At the base of the back is a natural curve, called the lordosis. Just under the lordosis is a group of muscles that support this curve. When you sleep on your back, this causes your hips to rotate forward, which in turn forces the muscles within the lordosis to arch even more. Throughout the night this puts a strain on the muscles and causes them to stiffen.

Correcting Imbalances

Especially for those individuals who have been practicing poor sleeping habits for an extended period of time, resolving this issue isn't always as simple as changing your sleeping position. In this instance, you need to correct the imbalance. In many instances, there is also inflammation that is occurring within the muscles that are imbalanced.

It's best to allow a chiropractor to examine you in order to determine which areas need to be targeted in order to correct the problem. This process generally involves the use of manipulation techniques and exercises that gently help relieve the inflammation and take the stress off your muscles, slowly and safely to avoid further injury.

While Undergoing Treatment

While you're undergoing treatment from the chiropractor, it might be a good time to take a closer look at your mattress. If your mattress is worn, even if you change your sleeping position and correct the muscle imbalance, you will likely still have problems with an imbalance in the future. To completely eliminate the risk of any further imbalances, make sure you're replacing your mattress when necessary.

If you find yourself waking up with a stiff back each morning, it's time to make a visit to a chiropractor like Health Atlast Fountain Valley.