Memory Foam Cervical Pillow

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The memory foam cervical pillow uses a time tested and proven orthopedic design for a comfortable neck posture for back and side sleeping.

This corresponds to the average size therapeutic pillow. The advantages and disadvantages are discussed below.

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Memory Foam Cervical Pillow Uses A Unique Design For Back & Side Sleeping

The memory foam cervical pillow is a functional pillow that incorporates visco elastic memory foam into a therapeutic design for a comforting feel to a popular orthopedic pillow. While it loses some of the properties of the pillow it copies from, it does gain a more comforting feel at the expense of sizing.


Original Design?

By taking the construction of the therapeutic pillow, a time tested and proven functional design pillow for cervical spine conditions, it provides some of the benefits with the addition of memory foam, So, it is softer and more accommodating, but it is only available in one size. For a softer feel than the therapeutic with the benefits of size choice, the latex orthopedic pillow is the best.

The size corresponds to the average therapeutic, so this may be too large for petite individuals and too small for large individuals, however, the average size is good for most. By using this specific design, you need to realize that it is a separate sectioned pillow; so on the back, you are in the middle, on your side, you must move to the edges of the pillow. The picture of the girl on her back, she is too small for the pillow, which has her head in flexion.

That being said, it is appropriate to have a higher loft when side sleeping due to shoulder accommodation. If you cannot do this in a conscious manner, you might aggravate your condition by waking in the middle section while on your side. If you can manage to sleep on the sections correctly, it will be a good, comfortable pillow that should help within the size limitations.

Anti-Snore Pillow?

It advertises as an anti-snore pillow, but I would not count on this and I am not sure why they focus on this aspect. Snoring is a complex and multifactorial problem. It may help and it may not. In general, sleeping on your side will be better for most in reducing snoring.

Memory Foam Cervical Pillow, Therapeutic or Latex?

So, is this better than the therapeutic of latex? If you measure for the average size, maybe. Some will enjoy the added comfort of a memory foam cervical pillow. What would be different? The memory foam is not as stable and will tend to react to ambient and body temperature, so the height may vary. Both the therapeutic (made in Canada) and latex (made in U.S.A.) provides a more consistent structure and has better shoulder angling.

The pillow is a nice functional design and would be better if it was available in different sizes. It is an average size due to the nature of memory foam and should settle into the average size dimensions, however, it will take time to settle, especially if it is cold. When warm, it may over accommodate and therefore be too low for proper side sleeping. Most of these are made in China.

memory foam cervical pillow

We had done an orthopedic pillow with a similar take, by using separate sections without the thoracic extension. The thoracic extension is used for the upper back and can help when there is postural needs for the cervico-thoracic junction. This may be an advantage to this pillow, where the extension may be easier to accommodate.

Our pillow used a base of standard foam with a memory foam top layer. This helped with comfort, while still maintaining a stable base. It also came in 3 sizes. It was, in my opinion, a better pillow and stabilized the head more in back sleeping. In this respect, the memory foam version may help to stabilize the head better due to the compression. It is a soft-medium, whereas the therapeutic is medium.

Unfortunately, due to logistics, we had to stop producing our version and had many emails from disappointed customers. However, the therapeutic, with it’s mass advertising budget after being sold to a large company, came out on top for warehouse space. So, the memory foam cervical pillow, because I just can’t call it an anti-snore pillow, is a nice alternative for the average size therapeutic, although the latex is superior to both.

Comes compressed, so it needs time to fully expand. This depends on temperate, the colder it is, the longer it will take.


I tend to stay away from memory foam functional pillows because of the variability of memory foam. Some are softer or firmer and they do tend to build heat. One problem is with some slow rebounding ones, you may switch sides and find it takes a while to adjust to the correct height. And this assumes it will accommodate to the right height. You do get what you pay for.

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.