Just a quick note about cervical pillows today. The best pillow for you specifically is one that keeps your spine properly in alignment. A pillow that props up your head and neck too much or a pillow that is too flat is not good for your spine. These positions put additional stress on the spinal curvature.
It is easy to accumulate pillows and spend thousands over the years. I have spoken too many times about people who call me and tell me they have a closet full of pillows. I totally believe it too. Which pillow is best ? - the chiropractic pillow, the traction pillow, the orthopedic pillow, my pillow, surgical pillow? Too many choices. Sometimes you have to try a few before you find the right one.
Using a pillow vs not using a pillow is also important to look at. Should you? Yes. The simple reason is that your neck needs support. Look at the neck curve on an x-ray and you will see that it is like a backwards C Shape. So you must support that curve. If you look at the Lateral Spinal Column on the left side, you will see the various curves in our spinal column, starting with the neck. A cervical pillows gives you a neck support that you need while sleeping on your back and on your side.
Two Important tips to choosing the right pillow: 1. Get the Right size of pillow 2. Give your neck a chance to get used to your new pillow.
Additional Reading Resources:
- Why Sleeping on Your Back is the Best Position of Sleep and How You can Achieve this
- The Best Pillow recommendation for a patient with a herniation in their neck
- How do you know if you are sleeping on the right pillow?
- The Neck Pain Support Group on Facebook
- Best Pillow to Stop Neck Pain in its Tracks