Orthopedic Pillow

Ergonomically Designed Orthopedic Pillow May Be The Solution You Have Been Searching For

Do I Need An Orthopedic Pillow? Neck pain is a common problem, ranging from a minor nuisance to a disabling chronic condition. Injuries from whiplash accidents can cause damage to structures in the neck that can become a chronic, painful issue. Poor posture habits and stress can cause sore neck muscles as well as headaches making it difficult to get comfortable at night, when we need restorative and healing sleep.

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Regardless of the cause, neck pain can be a difficult problem to find solutions. Sensitive nerves can be irritated along with disc and joint problems and chronically stiff muscles can lead to degenerative condition, possibly requiring surgery. While there are many therapies that can help ease the pain, one of the major problems on the road to recovery is getting a good night’s sleep.

Using ergonomic principles, a functional pillow providing proper neck support when sleeping helps to stabilize the facet joints, permits the muscles to relax and maintains the correct neutral cervical spine curve.

This aids in the reduction of pressure on pain sensitive structures and may lead to pain relief for short or long term periods.

The orthopedic pillow takes into account the cervico-cranial, cervical and cervico-thoracic spine as a whole. It attempts to minimize damaging end range distortions of spinal segments by promoting a neutral posture of the head, neck, upper back and shoulders.

One of the major postural distortions is forward head posture, which is a major contributor to degeneration of the cervical spine and is linked to abnormal cervico-thoracic spinal curves.

With the proper support, changes in vector forces allows the spinal discs to unload which helps with rehydratation to restore elasticity. The pressure in the facet joints decreases, helping to restore articular cartilage.

Pillow Details

This is one of the best pillows that is an ergonomically designed therapeutic device to provide superior support and comfort for back and side sleeping. It eases stress on the cervical spine by supporting a sound, biomechanical posture allowing the head, neck and upper back to align for muscles, nerves and joints to relax. This is recommended by health care professionals for continued benefits of therapy, relief, recovery and rehabilitation.

It uses a non-toxic, recycled foam that is soft and resilient for comfort, yet provides stable support. It cradles the head, neck and upper back in the back sleeping position. The head cradle helps to prevent extremes of motion from the head drifting too far from the neutral position to help prevent muscle strain and nerve pinching. This provides a secure feeling and helps to relieve morning neck stiffness, especially when there is inflammation from arthritis flare-ups, herniated discs, or recovery from surgery.

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How To Use The Orthopedic Pillow

The pillow uses separate areas form back and side sleeping. The side section has a depression to allow for jaw and ear comfort, as well as ridges for ventilation. There is an angled area for the shoulder to maintain a relaxed and aligned posture, easing tension. There is also a mild indentation around the side section that produces a mild, unnoticeable level of muscle activity to help maintain blood flow.

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For back sleeping, there is a wedge for the upper back, allowing a gentle slope to the built in roll for the neck. This provides better posture and a stable base for the cervical spine, and allows better restoration of the cervical curve.

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Therefore, maintaining correct neck posture while you sleep is an important factor in restoring the proper relationships of neck posture and particularly in restoring the curve whenever possible to achieve best results. The pillow is a passive measure that can easily be instituted to make a difference.


Because it uses separate areas for back and side sleeping, changing positions is done in a conscious manner. If you are a heavy sleeper and cannot change positions in a purposeful manner, this may not be the pillow for you. It does excel at reducing pain for many people, therefore; it may be used periodically for flare-ups, headaches, or until the pain has subsided, then switch back to your old pillow or have another quality pillow without separate sections. So, it can be used as your only pillow, or in combination with another pillow that you use depending on your symptoms.

Measuring For Correct Size

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Since one size pillow will not accommodate everyone, the orthopedic pillows come in sizes from children of ages beginning at six years to extra large. Measuring is done by using a ruler and having one end at the end of the neck and measuring out to the end of the shoulder to the bone. You can use a mirror or have someone assist you.

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The pillow comes with a custom fitted cotton/poly blend cover. You can use a standard queen size pillowcase or, if you like the soft feel of the custom cover, you can launder it carefully, or replacement covers are available as well.

While it is not the pillow for everyone, it is very well designed and has established itself as one the gets results where others fail. We had an individual who was trying different pillows for years to help his wife. She had fusion surgery some years ago that was extensive involving much of her cervical spine. This pillow provided the solution and she was finally able to get a reasonable night’s sleep after many years of sleep deprivation and trying different pillows. He was so happy and wrote us a very nice letter.

It is designed to provide a stable and comfortable environment for sensitive necks needing that extra measure of support. When it comes to dealing with neck pain, there’s no question that getting a good night’s sleep with proper ergonomic and anatomically sound support is critical for maintaining good health. For many individuals, the doctor recommended orthopedic pillow is a great solution for neck pain as well as postural restoration. It is not only recommended by doctors, it is used by doctors.

Author Bio

Stephen Ornstein, D.C. has treated thousands of neck, shoulder and back conditions since graduating Sherman Chiropractic College in 1987 and during his involvement in Martial Arts. He holds certifications as a Peer Review Consultant from New York Chiropractic College, Physiological Therapeutics from National Chiropractic College, Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy from Dr. Hanne Albert, PT., MPH., Ph.D., Myofascial Release Techniques from Logan Chiropractic College, and learned Active Release Technique from the founder, P. Michael Leahy, DC, ART, CCSP.