Do you suffer from neck pain? Many people
experiencing neck and shoulder pain need painkillers or expensive treatments
just to get through their daily routine. However, there is an effective way to
ease chronic pain that’s simple and safe – sleeping on a therapeutic cervical
pillow. These compact, cylindrical pillows provide support to the head and neck
and allow for proper spinal alignment.
One manufacturer of therapeutic cervical
pillows, Align-Right, had heard many stories from customers who claimed that
their neck pain had receded or even disappeared after sleeping with the
Align-Right pillow. However, the company discovered that no research had been
done with regard to cervical pillows and neck pain. Align-Right approached the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic Clinic in Toronto and asked them to do a scientific study.
The results of the CMCC’s study were
astonishing. The patients selected for the study had been suffering from neck
pain for an average of 6.65 years. These subjects were tested over the course
of 6 weeks. (During this time, none of them had chiropractic or other types of
treatment.) 93% of subjects reportedsignificant pain reduction, with 13%
becoming completely pain-free! In addition, there was a 75% reduction in the
amount of pain medication needed by patients.
Following this study, which was written up as
"Before and After Study to Determine the
Effectiveness of the Align-Right Cylindrical Cervical Pillow in reducing
Chronic Neck Pain Severity” in the peer-reviewed Journal of
Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, many doctors
and chiropractors began recommending therapeutic cervical pillows to patients.
Some insurance companies also cover the cost for their clients.
How it Works
Regular pillows are shaped for the bed, not
for the sleeper. If you look at x-rays of a subject lying on a conventional bed
pillow, you will note that the vertebrae at the base of the spine are
compressed. This in turn can lead to nerve compression and create severe pain.
An x-ray of a sleeper on a therapeutic cervical pillow, however, shows how the
natural curve of the neck is supported, gently stretching neck muscles and
pace between the vertebrae.
In addition, regular pillows are standard
sizes, despite the size of the sleeper. Therapeutic cervical pillows, on the
other hand, are usually available in a number of sizes. Align-Right, for
example, offers five different-sized pillows, customized to individual height,
body structure, and what they have termed the "Sleep Triangle,” a measurement taken
from the top of the ear down to the top of the neck and from the side of the
neck to the outer hard part of the shoulder.
Another factor to take into account is your
dominant sleeping position. Better pillow makers have pillows that are designed
for both back sleepers and side sleepers. Sleeping on your stomach is
discouraged, since that causes great neck compression.
Choosing a Cervical Pillow
When you select a therapeutic cervical
pillow, be sure to select one that can be cleaned and sanitized by putting it into your
washer and dryer. The dryer will help to remove any dust mites or allergens
that build up. Other things to consider are the durability and loft of the
filling, the construction method, and the materials used for the cover.
Purchase a sized cylindrical therapeutic cervical
pillow today – and sleep well tonight!