Once in a while you decide to step out and buy some. But a wrong investment is never appreciated. And if you or any of your family members is suffering from neck/back pain, then this pillow of yours’ can further exacerbate the trouble. Not to forget, a pillow is used for the neck and shoulder muscles to relax completely to relieve and prevent neck or back pain for a more restful sleep.
Neck and back pains are something most people have had at some period of time in their lifetimes. They can vary from mild discomfort to severe burning sensation. In simple words, muscle tension. And can happen due to many reasons, from sleeping in an awkward position to unaccustomed exercise. Sleeping on an unsuitable pillow causes you to sleep with your cervix at an angle, either too high or too small and doesn’t line up with your normal body structure.
Choosing the right pillow can be a tedious task, given the present flood of pillows in the markets. And it should be treated with a lot more care, when the person in question is suffering from neck or back pains. There are several pillows available when one is suffering from pain, like water, foam, traction, side sleeper and many more. But the most important question is which suits you the best? Let’s have a look at the options available.
Starting from the basic ones, we have normal feather pillows which are suitable for almost everyone. Next in the list is water pillows, which has an inbuilt pouch filled with water. Clinical surveys have demonstrated that it reduces morning neck and back pain. It adjusts the gap between neck and shoulder. Orthopedic pillows have a slope so the neck has more support. Drawn from memory foam, they retain the physical body of the user’s mind. Curved side sleepers ease the pressure put on the back. Lumbar wedge pillows can be used while sleeping as well as seating. They are useful for those individuals who sit at a desk all day long.
Oversized cushions can be utilized as a footrest when lying in bed. Facedown pillows are U-shaped pillows to cradle your face while you sleep on your stomach. Cylindrical roll pillows which provide extra lumbar support. Travel pillows are U or V-shaped pillows to keep your head straight. People with herniated discs can use a neck traction.
A good pillow relieves and speeds up the healing process, giving you a sound night’s sleep. While a bad one can aggravate many underlying causes of neck pain. For those, who haven’t changed their pillows since ages, pillows don’t last forever and need to be replaced regularly. If you suffer from neck and back pains over long periods of time, then think of it my friend, no matter what advice your doctor gives, changing your pillow actually helps!