How to choose a perfect neck pillow?

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I had always been asked by my patients that  how they should choose a perfect pillow to have good sleep and pain free neck. So, I thought let me  share the details with you all , I am sure this information will help you to select a comfortable pillow for you and your family.

If you wake up every morning with an achy neck, you may want to try sleeping with a neck pillow. Neck pain is extremely common and increases with age. Neck pain may radiate into your shoulders or down into your arms and may cause you to wake up with a morning headache as well as a stiff neck. Since you spend about one-third of your life in bed sleeping, the type of neck support you have while you sleep can be important.

Neck Pillow: Protecting the Cervical Spine

 Together, the seven bones in your neck make up the cervical spine. These bones are cushioned by spongy cervical disks and supported by muscles and tendons. The normal shape of the cervical spine is a gentle curve called the lordotic cervical curve. Anything that causes you to lose that natural neck position for a long period, such as sleeping with your neck bent or extended, causes stress on the spine and its supporting structures and can result in neck pain. In a recent study of 128 people with chronic neck pain it has been found that, a combination of exercise treatment administered by a physical therapist along with the use of a neck support pillow was more effective than exercise alone in relieving chronic neck pain.

Neck Pillow

  A neck pillow is a specially designed pillow that supports your neck and head in a natural position. There are a variety of neck pillows in the market that aim to reduce neck pain and give you a good night’s sleep. All are designed to create a natural resting position for your head that maintains the lordotic curve of your spine. Choices include neck pillows made from foam or stuffed with fiberfill or other materials, as well as styles that are inflatable or are filled with water. Inflatable and water-filled pillows allow you to customize the firmness and support. Apart from any specific medical recommendations, personal preference might be the deciding factor when choosing one design over another.

Neck Pillow: How to Use One

 People sleep in different positions and are shaped differently, so the foremost step to avoid your neck pain is the selection of your neck pillow . Neck pillows are designed for sleeping on your back or your side. (Sleeping on your stomach is just a bad idea because your head and neck can’t be in a natural position.) If you sleep on your back, your neck pillow should support you without your head being tilted backward or forward. If you sleep on your side, your neck pillow should keep your nose in line with the center of your body. Remember that any unnatural sleep positions that cause your neck to twist or bend can easily translate into neck pain by morning.

A final point before closing

For comfort and a restful night sleep, make sure your neck pillow should be allergy tested and washable.

Author- Shubhangi Gaikwad

             Sr.Physical Therapist,Dubai

 

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