Jefferson University Hospitals

Positional Therapy

There are some individuals who only show signs of sleep apnea in certain body positions, especially when sleeping on the back. If you are experiencing sleep apnea, the sleep medicine specialists at Jefferson may recommend positional therapy.

The Jefferson Sleep Disorder Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, provides clinical, research and educational services for the diagnosis and treatment of nearly 100 sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. The Center also works in collaboration with Jefferson otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat physicians) to treat your apnea.

What Does Positional Therapy Involve?

This therapy involves positioning your body so that your airway is more likely to remain open while sleeping. For example, sleeping on your side or elevating your back from the waist up by using a foam wedge.

Minimizing Occurrences of GERD

Positional therapy has also been used to help the body minimize the occurrences of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). By elevating the head and the torso when in a sleeping position, this position can provide effectiveness in holding back reflux.

Jefferson gastroenterologists (physicians who specialize in the digestive system and its disorders) have the necessary expertise to effectively treat even the most complex cases of GERD. Your medical team will work with you to manage your GERD through a multifaceted approach that may include other treatment methods like medication therapy, dietary changes or surgery.