Pillow for Neck Pain
If you suffer from chronic neck
pain, you know how debilitating it can be. Perhaps you make regular visits to a
chiropractor, or maybe you rely on pain medication to be able to get through
your day. While these strategies can offer temporary relief, it’s important to
consider that the way that you sleep may be aggravating or even causing neck
pain – and the key to better sleep can be as simple as changing your pillow!
Reputable medical sources such as the Mayo Clinic
recommend using therapeutic cylindrical
pillows to help ease neck pain.
Support and Alignment
Neck pain can have many
causes, including muscles that are tense from working at a computer for long
hours, driving, or repetitive upper body movements. Tight muscles can compress
the vertebrae spaces, leading to nerve compression and neck or cervical pain. A
regular rectangular pillow that doesn’t provide proper support can exacerbate
neck pain and can even undo any treatment that you might be undergoing. The wrong
type of pressure to the neck, for instance, can irritate the nerves, muscles,
and facet joints, which means that inflammation will persist and healing will
Physicians have contrasted
x-rays of patients sleeping on flat bed pillows with people sleeping on
therapeutic cervical pillows, and the resulting images are dramatic. Those on
well-made cylindrical pillows are sleeping with head, neck, and spine in
natural alignment, while those using conventional pillows experience
compression and contortion. Being in proper cervical alignment allows the
spaces between vertebrae to open up, and eliminates nerve compression. The
cylindrical shape of therapeutic cervical pillows conforms to the curves of the
body, and sinks downward into the mattress to ensure maximum support.
In addition, using a custom-size
therapeutic pillow with proper support improves the quality of your sleep.
While sleeping, we usually pass through five phases of sleep: Stages 1, 2, 3,
4, and Rapid Eye Movement sleep. These stages progress from stage 1 to REM
sleep, then the cycle starts over.
If you have neck pain, it’s
likely that you are experiencing REM sleep deprivation. Twinges of pain may be
bringing you continually back to the first stage of sleep, making it impossible
for you to reach the deepest level. Patients deprived of REM sleep can suffer
from adverse effects such as:
sensitivity to pain
of attention and inability to concentrate
memory and physical performance
Chronic lack of sleep can
lead to serious health problems that may include:
It has even been shown that
short sleep duration may be linked to early death. New research is proving sleeping less than 5 hours will increase your chances of developing a serious disease.
If you are suffering from
neck pain, try a custom-sized therapeutic cervical pillow -- and discover how
something as simple as sleeping in alignment can make a world of difference to
your quality of life!