Sleeping Pillows For Neck Pain

Why Using Sleeping Pillows For Neck Pain Really Works

To get long term relief, sleeping pillows for neck pain can play a vital role. These pillows are engineered to provide the support that you require to allow your muscles to fully relax during sleep. Instead of dealing with problems such as snoring, numbness in your hands, and stiff muscles, it makes sense to use pillows designed for relief and restoration while you sleep.

Choosing The Right Sleeping Pillow

Not every pillow works for different problems and environments. If you find that you are constantly waking during the night to readjust your pillow, a heavier water pillow might be the correct choice for you. In warmer environments, foam can create excessive amounts of heat which is why a buckwheat pillows might be the best choice for you if you like a firmer pillow with weight.

The extent of your injuries will also affect the type of sleeping pillows for neck pain that you select. When injuries are more severe, a therapeutic pillow that provides support to your upper back and shoulders in addition to you neck might be just the thing. As muscle rigidity decreases, you can step down to a pillow that concentrates support in the neck region.

How Pillows For Neck Pain Work

During sleep, your head and neck should be supported in a neutral position. When the neck muscles are overly extended for long periods of time during sleep, most people report waking up with neck pain. Special orthopedic pillows are designed to help you get restful sleep during the night be keeping your neck, shoulders, and head in the correct alignment. This can help counteract the effects of forward head posture during the day.

There are many pillows to choose, however, there are two basic types: 1) A uniform surface pillow and 2) Pillows with separate sections. A uniform surface pillow may have contours that conform to the natural curve of the cervical spine and give you a choice of two different heights. They are easy to use. However, pillows that use different sections and come in different sizes will provide the ultimate spinal positioning for relief and restoration. If you have particular neck problems, you may need a combined pillow strategy.

Specific exercises and stretching during the day will help restore your spine and reduce neck pain. However, it is during sleep that repair and maintenance occurs in the muscles. Using pillows designed to eliminate bad positioning is a great start towards the reduction of neck pain and a healthier spine.

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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.