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How To Choose The Best Pillow For Neck Pain

Info Relinque - Sunday, December 16, 2012

Correct Pillows For Neck Pain.

 Find out how choosing the right pillow can give relief for your neck pain.

 A lot of patients we see here at our clinic suffer from neck pain.  Neck pain can be uncomfortable at times and this is why having the correct pillow the keeps your spine in a neutral position can make a huge difference.  Incorrect spinal posture is a major cause of neck and back problems.

 How Do Pillows Cause Neck Pain?

 A third of your life is spent sleeping, so correct sleeping posture is a must.  It is important to choose the right pillow and to become familiar with which neck pillows will provide you with the best pain relief and support.  It is important that pillows used to relieve neck pain have a contour to accommodate the neutral curves of the neck to maintain the proper neck posture while sleeping.  This helps to prevent strain of muscles and uneven pressure on joints, which can cause inflammation, a common cause of neck pain when waking in the morning.  If the head is too high or too low in relation to the rest of the body, the neck will be placed under stress causing neck problems.

 What To Look For In A Pillow

 A pillow should be designed to support your head and neck in a neutral position aligned with the rest of your spine.  The necessary height of your pillow will vary depending on the position you sleep in, which depending on your spinal health, should either be your side or your back..  There should be no space between the neck and the pillow.

 If you are waking up with neck pain, or if it’s been so long since you bought pillows that you don’t even know how old yours are, don’t hesitate to contact us at the practice, and one of our experienced Osteopaths will perform an assessment and will help you choose the correct pillow for your sleeping position.  Since you spend a good chunk of your life sleeping, one of the best ways to ensure sweet dreams is to get the most comfortable pillows you can find.

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