The Best Pillow For Neck Pain Requires Some Research On Your Part

The truth is there is no one best pillow for neck pain. There are many causes for neck pain, therefore, no single pillow is best. To find the best pillow for neck pain, you should first seek the reasons you are experiencing neck pain. This may require professional help from medical doctors, chiropractors or physical therapists.

Best Pillow For Neck PainMany companies make claims that their pillow is the best. At Neck Solutions, we say “If you are not sure, don’t buy”. The best neck pillow is not one that jumps at you from advertising. Often, the problem with “testimonials” is that they can be falsified. Competition can invest in paying people to buy the product and write good or bad reviews, often telling them what to say and how to say it. Friends and relatives are often called upon to help. Even if true, what may be the best pillow for one person may not be the best for you, even if they sound like their condition is similar to yours.

In general, cheap pillows that are mass produced and make great claims are often not the best way to go. Fancy looking pillows are not always the best and claims made from scientific studies are often misleading and may even be funded by a pillow manufacturer that will claim there is scientific proof that their pillow is the best for neck pain. What I take from reviewing these journal articles is that if you are experiencing neck pain, changing your current pillow can make a difference.

My thoughts are that a pillow should be a part of your attempts at neck pain relief and should not be looked as, if I can find the best pillow, I can cure my neck pain. This is just not reasonable or realistic.

So, what is the answer to how I can find the best pillow for neck pain? The question should be, how can I find the best pillow for me?

Best Pillow Neck PainWhat makes this a difficult task is that you can not try every pillow. There are just too many, in too many different forms, shapes, sizes and materials. There are foam pillows, memory foam pillow, latex pillows, feather pillow, buckwheat pillows and combinations of the different types of pillows for neck pain!

What we try to do is provide a variety of pillows and enough information for you to decide for yourself what the best pillow is for YOU. We also encourage you to ask questions by contacting us by email via our email form so that we can help, and we do not mind starting a dialog to assist you and, through email, we are available most of the time.

Too often, we get, “I have this or that problem, what is the best pillow for my neck pain?” The response is “We do have many neck pillows and they are all designed to help with neck problems. It is important to choose a pillow that relates to your sleeping habits and one you think will be best for you. We have an article on how to best choose the right pillow and this can give you an idea of how the different types of pillows function and how they relate to your sleeping habits. We also have a ratings page and this shows the best pillow based on customer satisfaction and popularity. This is important because you do not want a pillow with a low rating unless you are sure that it will be right for you.”

So, we recommend that you have a look and read the article and ratings, then narrow your choices down to two or three that you think will be best. After this, we can provide some assistance or direction and you may contact us.

Now that we have a basis to choose the best pillow for neck pain, lets look at couple of the most popular ones and go over a few things about them.

posture med pillow
Posture Med Pillow

The Posture Med Contour Memory Foam Pillow is the most popular of our many pillows for neck pain. This is to say that it is the best pillow for most people. It is made of a non-molded, high quality memory foam with different properties for the top and bottom or base. It is a soft type of memory foam and is very accommodating for neck pain.

Because it is not a molded pillow, it is more breathable and less temperature reactive than traditional memory foam pillows which can cost alot more. The foam is manufactured in the USA according to specific properties.

It gives you a choice of five and four inch height lobes or contours and each has its own shape. Because the pillow is accomodating due to its properties as mentioned previous, it tends to compress easily to your necessary height based on your head weight, whether you are sleeping on your side or back.


therapeutic pillow
Therapy Neck Pillow

The Therapeutic Pillow is the most popular of our separate section pillows for neck pain. This is to say that it is the best pillow in this design for most people. It is made of a high quality recycled foam with a medium density. The upper back extension flows smoothly into a neck roll and head cradle for back sleeping. In side sleeping, you have proper shoulder height and contour to prevent neck/shoulder compression. The side portions are somewhat unstable, creating a degree of activity that is not perceptible, but can help with increasing blood flow and stabilization of muscles, which can help neck pain.

Because it has separate areas for back and side sleeping, it requires you to be able to move consciously to change positions. The foam is made very well and the properties go well with the ergonomic design.

It comes in many different heights and you can measure which is the right height for you. This keeps you in the optimal posture and position in back and side sleeping.

So, which of the above two is best for neck pain? Well, the therapeutic pillow is designed for a more acute pain, such as a recent injury. Perhaps I can explain it best by using myself as an example. I have had many cervical spine problems over the years. The main problem is early onset and progressive degenerative disc disease. I find the posture med contour to be helpful for most of the time. However, when I have an acute flare-up of pain, I switch to the therapeutic pillow. When I am in a lot of pain, it is no problem consciously moving from one position to another. This can be affected by some pain medicines, so keep that in mind.

Now, the purpose of this is not to go over each pillow, there is more information in the above mentioned article on how to choose the best pillow for neck pain. The above example showed two of our most popular pillows for neck pain and how they compare and which might be the best for your neck pain. This does not mean you need two pillows. Both the therapeutic and posture med are good for acute and chronic conditions. This is just an example of what works for me. You may find the posture med best for acute conditions or flare-ups and the therapeutic best for more chronic conditions.

I will just close this article by providing an answer I gave to someone asking about two different pillows. The contour pillow for side sleeping and the therapeutic pillow, so you can see how I responded.

zone memory foam pillowsThe side sleeper pillow is designed specifically for side sleeping, but you have to be sure that you do not roll over on your back while sleeping. It can be measured to fit the correct height while side sleeping which would be different than for back sleeping. It is a soft memory foam and is quite comfortable and made well. Again, it is for side sleeping only. Similarly, the therapy neck pillow has raised sides for the correct height while side sleeping, but it also has a mid section with a neck roll for back sleeping along with a cervicothoracic extension to support the upper back. With this pillow, you need to make sure you consciously change positions during the night, but it will have very good positioning for both back and side sleeping. If you think you cannot keep from rolling on your back while sleeping with the contour pillow or if you do not think you can consciously change positions at night with the orthopedic pillow, then you should use a pillow without separate sleeping areas and the best ones to look at are the posture med pillow and the zoned memory pillows.

I hope this helps give you some insight into how to find the best pillow for neck pain. Again, have a look at the pillows, read the article on tips on choosing a pillow, look at the pillow review ratings and hopefully, this will provide YOU with the best pillow. If you are still unsure, narrow your choices down and ASK. If your not sure please – don’t buy! But, by all means, do contact us and ask.

All the best,

Dr. Steve