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Is A Cervical Traction Pillow Good For Sleeping?Cervical traction pillows are generally for therapy only. Pillows like the neck support pillow and the cervical traction neck pillow are used for about 20 minutes per day and are for traction therapy only. A cervical traction pillow that is good for sleeping can have benefits for back sleeping only and you will have to reposition yourself when changing from side to back sleeping to get the effect. The traction effect of the pillow is mild, but can help ease nerve and muscle tension. To get a cervical traction effect in a sleeping pillow, there should be a combination of 2 different materials in 1 pillow and a specific technique that illustrates excatly how to use the traction feature. You can see this specifically with our cervical traction pillow, recommended by chiropractors for neck pain.
What Is A Good Pillow For Sleep Apnea?A good pillow for sleep apnea will provide comfort and correct alignment for the head and neck for back sleeping and side sleeping, especially for CPAP users. It should come in different sizes for different size sleep apnea sufferers. Ideally a management system for the cpap tubes can help eliminate constant positioning of the tubes. The CPAP Sleep Apnea Pillow uses an orthopedic design for the head and neck, comes in different sizes and has a special CPAP tube management system built into the cover. It uses very comfortable, yet supportive memory foam with a cooling cover material and is a very unique and good pillow for sleep apnea and CPAP users.
Is It Bad For Your Neck To Sleep Without A Pillow?It is good for your neck to sleep with a supportive neck pillow. Because the neck has a natural curve called a cervical lordosis, if you sleep without a pillow, your neck will loose any support and this can result in harmful neck posture and stiff neck muscles. If you sleep without a pillow, you are more likely to sleep on your stomach, which is very bad for your neck. Comfort as well as correct positioning for both back and side sleeping can be achieved with a good choice of supportive neck pillows that come in a variety of types and offer options that appeal to you.
Can Traction Be Used With A Cervical Fusion?It depends upon the condition of the cervical fusion. If it is still in the healing stage or if it is weak or unstable, no. There are circumstances where a cervical fusion is very successful and some years later a problem develops in an adjacent area that is not indicated for surgery. In this case, cervical traction, used wisely can be helpful. Therefore, in order to determine the condition of the fusion, you need to talk to your attending doctor.
I have seen instances where the problem was from the cervical fusion area and the surgeon was able to determine that it was stable enough and traction was beneficial, providing enough relief to avoid a subsequent surgery. That being said, there are instances where the surgeon did not want any traction forces in the area of the fusion. So, the final decision is up to your doctor. Because every circumstance is unique, there can be no general recommendations regarding the use of cervical traction with a cervical fusion.
How Do Body Pillows Help?There are a number of ways good body pillows can help. If you have back pain, using body pillows can help by when side sleeping by preventing a lower back ache due to twisting of the lumbar spine during sleep. When sleeping on the back, body pillows placed under the knees can help relax the muscles, easing back tension. Body pillows can help provide a sense of warmth and comfort when held close to the body, thus offering a more secure feeling for a better night's sleep.
Body pillows can help prevent stomach sleeping, which can be harmful and damaging to neck joints and muscles. A specially designed orthopedic body pillow can help stomach sleepers transition from their stomach to the healthier side sleeping position in 2 stages, thus providing a solution for those who have formed the bad habit of stomach sleeping. Reducing muscle tension, providing better posture during sleep, and a sense of security as well as comfort are great ways body pillows can help.