Neck Pillows: An Essential Factor For Long Lasting Pain Relief
Bad neck posture resulting from neck pillows without correct support can result in snoring, headaches, lack of restorative sleep, tingling and/or numbness of your hands and arms in addition to neck pain and stiff muscles. Most of us invest approximately 33% of our lives sleeping, therefore, a significant part of a neck pain management approach must incorporate the use of properly supportive pillows.
All our pillows help to provide solutions for neck problems. Since there is no one pillow designed for specific neck conditions, an important consideration in choosing a pillow is to relate it to your specific sleeping preferences, as well as a pillow that you feel will work best. Variety is an important factor because no two individuals are alike. You can take two people with the same condition, and they may choose completely different pillow designs. In order to learn more about choosing a good neck pillow, please invest some time to read about How To Choose The Right Neck Pillow, which details specific functions of pillow designs. Additionally, there is information on the best pillow for neck pain, as well as a Neck Pillow Ratings page to see which pillows bring the most satisfaction to our customers over the years.
The Advances in Physiotherapy Journal, Sept. 2006, revealed supportive neck pillows help patients to alleviate pain and provide better sleep quality. It was noted that individually selected and tested pillows using an anatomically designed shape, which offer support for the normal neck curve can minimize neck pain as well as headaches, providing a greater quality of sleep.
A 1994 study published by the Journal of Rheumatology 21(8): demonstrated that after 1.5 years of using supportive neck pillows, 84 percent of individuals were able to experience significant neck pain relief.
Johns Hopkins University did a study at their School of Medicine, where chronic neck pain sufferers found special pillows reduced levels of morning pain and stiffness, as well as increased sleep quality.
Jackson, in The Cervical Syndrome noted that a special neck roll pillow helps to restore normal neck posture as it supports the neck and head, while decreasing neck pain and increasing comfort levels during sleep.
A 1998 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 21(2): noted found significant clinical benefits using a special neck roll pillow for those suffering from chronic neck pain.
A study in Stuttg Rehabilitation (Germany) 1999; 38(3): revealed a considerable pain intensity reduction and sleep disorder improvement for individuals using neck pillows. The study indicated that individuals can reduce chronic neck and arm pain using supportive neck pillows.
Research from the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research published in 1999; 3(2): noted significant improvements regarding pain intensity levels with individuals who experienced chronic neck pain by using a supportive neck pillow.
Another study indicating benefits of neck pillows was published in the Canadian Chiropractic Association Journal in 2004, which indicated a specially designed neck pillow was very effective, reducing morning neck stiffness and also a measure of impairment due to neck pain called the neck disability index scores, compared to those using standard pillows, for chronic neck pain sufferers.
In 2008, the International Journal of Rehabilitation and Research, Dec;31(4): the effects of a neck support pillow on chronic neck pain sufferers with radiating pain into the arm was studied. These complaints are affected by sleeping posture, therefore using a harmful posture of the neck with poorly supportive pillows can irritate cause damage and inflammation to neck structures. Neck and arm pain complaints are particularly bothersome at night and upon waking in the morning, frequently causing sleep disturbances, which were significantly decreased in the study group provided with supportive neck pillows. Prominently noted was the neck pillows continued to provide better sleep quality for up to 12 months.
The Journal Pain Research, in 2010 found specifically supportive neck pillows provided a protection against pain upon waking in the morning.
Neck Pillows provide important critical support of the neck during sleep. Many standard pillows often lose their support with time. Biomechanically, neck pillows offer support to inflamed areas of the neck and the normal relationship between the head, neck and upper back which can work to correct poor neck posture and allow injured parts to heal without stress.
Research is confirming clinical data that the use of neck pillows can aid in neck pain treatment. Clinical evidence indicates neck pillows to be employed for various neck and related issues like: sleep difficulties, headache, neck and arm pain, disc conditions, arthritis, as well as injury related sprains and strains like whiplash.
Choosing Neck Pillows Can Be Difficult
You should take some time to read about neck pillows, noting the size and comparing it to the pillow you currently use to get an idea of the sizing. We encourage you to contact us and ask questions before you purchase a pillow, so we can help you get the best one.