What is an Orthopedic Support Pillow?
Support pillows are designed to help a) correct and b) maintain proper cervical posture/alignment while sleeping by providing the right amount of resistive feedback into the cervical & upper thoracic musculature.
Support type pillows are orthotic devices (like a custom orthotic in your shoe) and therefore may take time to get accustomed to. Although some people can react positively to this type of pillow immediately, others may take up to 2 weeks of gradual increased use through the night. The pillow should be used to waking tolerance and then switch to a previous pillow for the rest of the night. Each successive night, one should increase the time the support pillow is used through the night.
Orthopedic Pillow Uses
Natural placement of the head and neck, accomplished with the many different styles and shapes of cervical pillows, can help relieve intense pain by providing natural and correct posturing in supine (back) and side-sleeping positions.
Cervical support pillows are used when a cervical hypolordosis (less than normal curvature of the spine) exists, to prevent hypolordosis, or when cervical spasms or strains occur. These pillows are orthotic devices (apparatus used to align or support) used to help relieve spasms, remove minor tensions and maintain or resume the natural cervical lordotic curve while at rest.
By providing proper neck support, cervical pillows can help with:
- Neck muscle and joint strains and sprains
- Tension headaches
- Whiplash injuries
- Morning hand stiffness and swelling
- Temporomandibular disorders
- Snoring (in some cases)
The Tri-Core Orthopedic Pillow
The Tri-Core orthopedic pillow is prized for its effectiveness in correctly aligning the spine and supporting the neck in its natural position to help relieve headaches, neck pain for side and back sleepers alike.
Its patented overall design: a unique trapezoid center and two neck lobes which cushion the head and support the neck, make it the highest quality cervical support pillow available. The Tri-Core is suitable for the Correct and Maintain stages of care.
Hypoallergenic, the down-like feel of Tri-Core pillows provides a sense of long-lasting freshness and superior pillow life. Carefully designed and constructed for better sleep.
Because the cervical curve is supported in its neutral position, using Tri-Core pillows helps to correct nerve malfunction and promotes healing of injuries. More importantly, Tri-Core pillows promote good health while providing maximum comfort by preserving the normal curvature of the neck and spine. The end result? You’ll experience an increase in sleeping comfort within a couple of days of using Tri-Core pillows. Others may require up to two weeks before the neck and back muscles adjust to their proper position. At last, restless nights due to pain will be diminished with the use of Tri-Core pillows.
Correct: Helps eliminate symptoms by treating the cause of the condition. Helps correct the cause of pain, supports treatment to regain proper function. At this stage, orthopedic pillows are often prescribed to assist in correcting the diagnosed condition and to help the patient regain proper function. Allows tissue to heal functionally. Prepares for the maintenance stage. Corrective pillows can help alleviate headaches; neck muscle and joint strains, arthritis and whiplash discomfort and help restore proper nerve function. Supportive pillows are used in this stage of care.
Maintain: Ensures continued good health by helping sustain the body in its proper, natural posture. Complements care to help prevent recurrence/progression. Pillows selected for the Maintain Stage should ensure continued good health by providing proper positioning and helping preserve the natural curvature of the neck and spine. For ideal maintenance, the pillow should provide maximum support and comfort. In fact, most people discover that once the normal curvature of the neck is restored, they crave the comfort of maximum support - the reason supportive pillows have grown more popular. Supportive pillows are used in this stage of care.
The Pillo-Pedic Pillow
Foot Levelers Pillo-Pedic Neck Pillow is recommended by chiropractors nationwide for people with neck pain. The Pillo-Pedic Pillow provides gentle neck traction while you sleep, helping to promote correct neck alignment and maintain cervical spine support. Pillo-Pedic's patented four-way design includes a specially constructed edge for added support, and a flat profile which helps eliminate pillow roll away. Designed for both side or back sleeping positions, the Pillo-Pedic helps pillow users wake well rested and refreshed after a great night's sleep! This chiropractic pillow also helps to relieve whiplash, neck and shoulder discomfort and tension headaches.
Foot Levelers Pillo-Pedic Neck Pillow Features :
· Narrow and wide edge and a soft and medium center
· Provides therapeutic traction and support for the cervical spine
· Patented "4-in-1" design for support and comfort
· Relieves stress and muscle tension
Ask your chiropractor if an orthopedic pillow is the right choice to help with your neck condition.