Cervical PillowsJanuary 1, 2022
Do you suffer from neck pain or stiffness? Are you getting chiropractic care regularly but are still waking up with neck pain? How old is your pillow and are you using the right one? Cervical pillows are specially designed to provide support for your neck and spinal column. A cervical pillow holds your neck in a proper position during sleep, while also supporting the head and shoulders. It is important that your neck and head are at proper angles when you are lying down, in order to avoid strain and pain in the morning.
What To Look For In Cervical Pillows
It is crucial to look for a cervical pillow that rises to the level of the neck and keeps your body in proper alignment. At our office we carry a cervical pillow that fits this criterion and that we as doctors use. We love it so much that we encourage our patients and have our family members to use it as well. Our cervical pillows are made with firm cotton stuffing, which is excellent at cradling around your neck and head. Our pillows also use material that provides superior ergonomic support and an excellent night’s sleep. Memory foam tends to allow for your neck to sink into the pillow or is not very supportive for keeping the body’s alignment.
To choose the best pillow, think about how you sleep most often. Whatever pillow you choose, avoid buying a pillow that is too small or too large as that may reduce the pillow’s ability to prove the support you need. When the pillow is adjusted too high, then the neck is bent oddly to the side or forward, which can cause an obstruction in breathing and even snoring. On the other hand, if the pillow position is too low then the muscles of the neck can have a tendency to feel pressure and discomfort. Pillows usually hover around a height of four to six inches. One study states that the optimal level of pillow height should be four inches in order to allow for greatest comfort as well as the least muscle interaction to promote better circulation. You sleep for about seven to eight hours ideally and improper neck support does impact how well your adjustment holds.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, your neck is actually one of your body’s most vulnerable spots for causing bodily pain throughout your spine due to needing proper alignment when rested. It is extremely important that you give your neck the support it needs in order to reduce upper body pain which can translate into severe health problems later on in life.
The Van Ness Chiropractic Difference
At Van Ness Chiropractic, we specialize in chronic and difficult cases and realize that managing pain and imbalance in the body is not one size fits all. We have the clinical knowledge and expert staff to offer targeted treatment and patient education that is effective and empowering. Call us today at 847-842-8070 to set up your appointment for a comprehensive examination and get on the road to health today. You can also visit us at vannesschiro.com to find out more.