Therapeutic pillows for neck pain differ slightly from cervical or other pillows for neck pain. They are a bit more “tailored made” and will benefit someone who sleeps on their back or side.
If, you do suffer from a severe neck disorder, or shoulder and upper back problems, this is the pillow for you. You can get huge benefits from this pillow, but it is crucial that you get the right pillow which suits your neck. When considering investing in a therapeutic pillow you need to get your personal measurements absolutely right to make sure it is a good fit for you.
How to Measure Therapeutic Pillows for Neck Pain
It is not possible to measure a therapeutic neck pain pillow yourself. The measurement must be just right, and it is important to stand as straight as possible. I was just measured for a therapeutic pillow in a local specialist shop. The assistant even asked me to take my shoes off to make sure that she got an accurate measurement.
How to Get the Measurement Right
Therapeutic neck pillows do come in different sizes, and to get the measurement right you should always use a ruler, never a measuring tape.
Stand with both bare feet firmly on the ground with your back against the wall. Make sure the back of your head touches the wall. Step forward three steps but try to remain in the same upright posture.
Ask your friend to measure your neck from the bottom of your neck out over the shoulder to the point where the arm bone starts. You can feel the start of the arm bone just under the shoulder. Depending on the measurement you will now know which size pillow you should order.
An average size pillow is between 5 ¼” up to 6¼”. Therapeutic pillows come in small and large sizes as well, and they are even available for children. Children can grow quickly, so it is important to have their pillows replaced once a year to ensure they get the maximum benefit.
Who Should Use a Therapeutic Neck Pillow?
Therapeutic neck pillows are not for everybody, but if you suffer from a serious neck injury, they are the perfect way to make sure your neck is in the right position when you sleep. They take a little bit of getting used to, but after a couple of days you will notice the difference.
You will be able to wake up from your sleep feeling refreshed, instead of waking up with a stiff neck and perhaps even a severe headache. Most users say that they also notice a lot of less tension across their shoulders and less upper back pain.
If, you suffer from a spinal disorder such as degenerative disc disease, you will also notice a lot of difference when you use a therapeutic neck pillow. A lot of the tension will have gone and you should notice a better range of movement.
What is degenerative disc disease?
The name is a bit misleading as this is not really a disease. It should really be described as a condition which can affect us as we age and lose some of the flexibility of our spine.
The discs in our spine are meant to act as little mini shock absorbers but with age they may become fragile and stiffen up. This is when we start losing our flexibility and degenerative disc disease can occur. The changes are often more prominent in the cervical and lumbar spine, and can lead to shooting pains in the arms, headaches and tingling in the legs.
There are many reasons why these changes take place, but the most common factors are whiplash injuries, osteoarthritis and herniated discs. A herniated disc is often considered to be an acute disorder but while the onset is sudden, the build up can place over a period of time.
When you suffer from degenerative disc disease, you are likely to feel very stiff and you may also suffer from attacks of severe dizziness. It is easy to think that you should just rest, and spend your time sitting down, but this is the worst thing you can do. Along with using a therapeutic neck pillow, doing exercises such as the yoga sun salutations and walking on a daily basis, you can improve your health very rapidly.
Therapeutic neck pillows are there to support and help you when you most need them. You may not need them for a long period time, but it is vital to recognize that they are there to help you to support your spinal health.