Proper Sleeping Positions

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Proper Sleeping Positions

Dr. Cheryl Wisinski, PT, DPT, WCS, (owner Midwest Physical Therapy Services) explains the reasons for propping with pillows to sleep, and demonstrates proper positioning with pillows while sleeping on your side, back (supine) or stomach (prone). Use a pillow under your pelvis when lying on your stomach to prevent your spine from hyperextending. When lying on your side, pillows should be used between your knees to keep your top leg parallel to the bed surface, and an additional pillow “hugged” with your arm to keep from rolling forward onto your shoulder. On your back, a pillow under your knees keeps your spine from hyperextending (low back arching).
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