With so many pillow options on the market today, no wonder people are so confused as to the best pillow for neck and back pain. There are pillows for stomach sleepers, side sleepers, back sleepers, and insomniacs!
To add to this, every pillow ad says they have the world’s greatest pillow to solve your neck, shoulder and back pain. Even health practitioners are often biased as to their favorite sleeping cushions.
Here’s the deal with pillows, and it’s very important for you to understand…
It’s not about the pillow, never was, and never will be.
It’s about your
postural alignment, and how your head, neck, shoulder and hips line up when sleeping.
The better aligned your head, neck, shoulders and hips are when sleeping, the less aches and pains you have when you awake!
Focusing on your alignment specifically, and not your pillow, is your best long termsolution to minimize tension all night long, and get your best nights sleep.
You see, you may have the “world’s greatest neck, cervical, or lumbar pillow”, yet if it’s too thick and lifts your head too high, then your head is out of alignment all night with your neck and shoulder muscles suffering.
The solution is quite simple…use a thin pillow that gently supports your neck yet doesn’t lift it too high out of alignment from the rest of your body. If you need any further neck support, roll a small towel, roughly 3-4 inches in diameter, and put it under your neck to support your cervical curve further.
This maintains the proper position and alignment for your neck and back.