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Choosing The Right Pillows For Neck And Back Pain

Choosing The Right Pillows For Neck And Back Pain

Choosing The Right Pillows For Neck And Back Pain

Choosing The Right Pillows For Neck And Back Pain

A good pillow needs to give you two things: sustenance and comfort. It ought to enhance the quality and support of an average night sleep and also to carry a decent amount of your body weight. This is required in order to ensure that your neck and spine stay well aligned thus preventing the occurrence of neck and back pain.

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In order to support the weight of our heads, the human neck curves somewhat forward. Pillows are intended to keep up this neck curve whilst resting in a lying down position. At the point where we lie on our side or backs and the tallness of our pillow is excessively high, it puts weight on the muscles in the neck and shoulders as the neck is bent in a bad position for sleeping. It might likewise limit our air channels and lead to snoring which additionally influences the peacefulness of our sleep in a negative way. On the other hand, if the pillow is excessively low, it will have the same consequences for the neck and shoulders.

The recommended pillows for neck and back pain differ based on sleeping position:

Sleeping on the back

In the event that your preferred sleeping position is lying on the back, the pillow height ought to be lower than that of the sideways position, approximately 4 – 6 inches, and ought to support the regular curve of the neck spine and the portion underneath the head, neck and shoulders.

To lessen the weight/pressure on the back and spine whilst lying on your back, place a cushion underneath the knees as this reduces the amount of weigh and pressuret on the lower back. Utilizing two cushions further raises the knees and smoothes out the lumbar spine, thus lessening any weight and pressure on the joints in the spine.

At the point when experiencing serious back ache and whilst recuperating from back and spine surgery, this is the position that numerous people resort to as it is more agreeable in comfort and it allows the back to rest legitimately.

Sleeping on the side

At the point when lying on the side to sleep is preferred, your pillow ought to be supportive of the head and neck so that the spine can keep up its regular even position. Putting a little pad under the waist permits weight to be equally disseminated, taking out any unnecessary curving or weight.

Setting a pad between the knees whilst sleeping on your side will likewise maintain the regular position of the spine and keep your knees from meeting up and pivoting the upper leg in a downward position. This thus will pull the pelvis straight and turn the spine in the right direction.

Sleeping on your stomach

At the point when lying on your stomach is your preferred method to sleep, the surface ought to be as flat as possible or your head ought to rest directly on the mattress. This is to keep a flat position and guarantee the neck and head are not turned in unnatural positions. It is regularly encouraged to place a little, level pillow under the stomach when lying in this position to help maintain however much of a regular position as could be expected.

There are additionally numerous sorts of pillows that can aid to a peaceful sleep. Here are the recommended pillows for neck and back pain:

Body pillow – Perfect for helping ladies who are pregnant or experiencing SPD, these cushions are long and have numerous capacities. The top half might be utilized to help the neck and head whilst the bottom half will help the knees and hips. For pregnant ladies, they will likewise give added support to the stomach region.

Neck pillow – Designed to fill the spaces under the neck, they are additionally known as cervical pillows or orthopedic pillows and are extremely useful for those with spine issues. They fill the spaces around the neck and help keep your posture straight to relieve pressure on your spine.

Doughnut pillow – These pillows are utilized to support those with issues within their coccyx (tail bone). Molded as the name recommends like a doughnut, they are placed on the seat to allow the single person to sit with a great deal less weight on the tailbone region.

Travel pillow –travel pillows are molded in a U-shape and fit cozily around the neck, supporting the head whilst resting/sleeping or sitting for a long period of time. They are helpful during a car ride or plane travel as they prevent the head from moving too much. This also helps prevent your neck pain from being aggravated by long travels.

So there you have it, a pillow for each situation and some pillow recommendations to help reduce back, neck and shoulder pain. A decent night sleep will rest the body and re-invigorate it, so it is exceptionally paramount. Your pillow ought to have the ability to mould to suit your individual shape and diminish any pressure points. However, remember to replace it once it loses its firmness as this will only prevent you from having a peaceful sleep.

Did you find this advice on recommended pillows for neck and back pain useful? Please share with others who are in need of a good pillow.

About Dr. Ricardo Lalama

Dr. Ricardo Lalama, DC was born and raised in Paterson, NJ and is now a Paterson Chiropractor serving the communities of Passaic County with quality chiropractic care. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+.

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