Are cervical pillows helpful? I have a straightened neck, causing neck stiffness, pain and numbness on my right shoulder. What are some suggestions, apart from physical therapy?
The short answer is that a cervical pillow with contours can help a straightened neck.
The neck is comprised of seven vertebrae or bones, that are lined up in the shape of the letter C. Over time, with poor posture, whiplash, neck injuries, the neck can lose this C shaped curve or cervical lordosis. When this happens, you have a straightened neck curve also known as a military neck. That means your neck is straight up-and-down, there is no neck curve. So here are a few things that you can do to help this straightened neck curve. You have to keep in mind that this neck curve didn’t become straightened overnight, it took many years to become like this.
Start by sleeping on a contour neck pillow. And example of this is the TriCore cervical orthopedic neck pillow or the Arc4life traction pillow. Another thing you can do is use a neck traction device. Neck traction basically stretches out the neck. If you use a device like the posture pump 1100 you can help to put that curve back in the spine. Having a contour pillow will also prevent you from waking up with neck and shoulder pain in the morning.
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