Special Pillows for Neck Pain. Not Orthopedic

A simple remedy for tense neck muscles from sleeping in an awkward position or poor posture at the compute is the use of special pillows for neck pain There are several orthopedic and non-orthopedic neck pillows to choose from. Usually, the best pillow for seniors is one that provides soft support for the head and neck as changes to the spinal cord occur as one ages.

Personal preference dictates the choice of a pillow for neck pain. Some people prefer orthopedic pillows which are specially designed to alleviate pain, pressure, or tension while others prefer non-orthopedic options. A previous article evaluated top-rated orthopedic pillows for neck pain.

This article focuses on some non-orthopedic options available on the market. But before you run out to buy a neck pillow, try out the neck roll method in the videos below to see if they work for you. The technique is inexpensive and could be used in the interim while looking for a suitable neck pain pillow to purchase. I have personally used the method and find that it does provide relief for soreness in the neck.

How to Use a Bath Towel to Create a Cervical Neck Roll at Home

These short videos by the Pain Relief and Wellness Clinic demonstrate how to use a bath towel to create a cervical neck roll at home. It’s a gentle and subtle technique and should not be painful. If you have any concerns about your health or the pain you are experiencing please see your health professional first.

The first video shows the set-up. Once you have got yourself set up, place the neck roll in place and lie with it in that position for 10 or 20 minutes to ensure it is at the right support height for the neck BEFORE proceeding to the second video. This second video shows how to correctly place the neck roll in a pillow.

Home Remedy to Special Pillows for Neck Pain – Creating the Neck Roll

Placing the Neck Roll in the Pillow – Home Remedy to Special Pillows for Neck Pain –

PRASNE Sweethome Jane Memory Foam Neck Pillow

Special Pillows for Neck Pain
PRASNE Sweethome Jane Memory Foam Neck Pillow

This Eyelash Extension Pillow is scientifically designed with an ergonomic curve to help correct the spinal posture of the neck. The contoured headrest keeps head and neck level.

The product is commonly used to help treat a variety of conditions affecting the neck and shoulders and some estheticians use it for clients requiring eyelash extensions.

Note that the pillow is medium-firm to provide its therapeutic benefits. With use, the foam will soften and provide a comfortable resiliency. A change in sleeping position requires different support which is why the pillow provides distinctly different support for back and side sleeping

Product details – Unique Features

  • Suitability: Side and Back sleepers
  • Item Weight: 1.25 kilograms
  • Material: 100% Memory Foam Filling Pillow. Nonallergic and nontoxic
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 inches x13.7 inches x 5/ 4.3/3.1 inches
  • Colour: Fitted coral velvet black pillowcase
  • Shape: Wedge
  • Cover: Removable, washable
  • Sizes: Standard and Queen

PROS

  • It is lightweight, not super bulky and can be rolled up
  • The pillow cover is soft and does not irritate sensitive skin

CONS

  • May be too firm for some users but manufacturer states that the pillow will soften a bit with use.
  • Due to popularity may not be in stock but quickly re-stocked

Royal Therapy 4-Layer Queen Memory Foam Bamboo Adjustable Neck Pillow

Special Pillows for Neck Pain
Royal Therapy 4-Layer Queen Memory Foam Bamboo Adjustable Neck Pillow

The Royal Therapy snuggle bed pillows are designed to contour to the unique shape of the body to help provide even support for the head and neck. Pillow has two gentle slopes — one slightly higher than the other, so you can choose the side that best fits your neck — with a shallow valley in the center for your head.

Firm support gently cradles your head and neck, relieving the pressure that often leads to aches and pains. Adjustments can be made by removing the middle foam layer making it suitable for side, back, or stomach sleepers.

Royal Therapy’s memory foam is CertiPUR-US certified.

Product details – Unique Features

  • Suitability: Side, Back and Stomach sleepers
  • Item Weight: ~1.00 kilograms
  • Material: 4-layer adjustable memory foam, chemical-free.
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 14 x 6 inches
  • Colour: White
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Cover: Removable, washable hypoallergenic bamboo pillowcase. The bamboo cover is constructed with heat-dissipating technology that eliminates thermal build-up while you sleep.
  • Sizes: Extra Queen, King, Extra King

PROS

  • It is firm but still has bounce and holds its shape extremely well. When pressure is removed the memory foam slowly resets and returns to its original shape.
  • Good for broad shoulders

CONS

  • Slight memory foam smell in a few cases

Bedsure Contour Memory Foam Pillow Gel-Infused Ergonomic Cervical Neck Pillow

Special Pillows for Neck Pain
Bedsure Contour Memory Foam Pillow Gel-Infused Ergonomic Cervical Neck Pillow

This Memory Foam Pillow has an ergonomic design which is built like two rising waves on the upper surface for cloud-like sleeping comfort – Two different heights (5″ or 4″) are contoured to the curve of the neck to help reduce stiffness . 100% memory foam that “remembers” the curve of your neck and adapts to your shape, properly aligning the spine while sleeping (suitable for side and back sleepers)

Product details – Unique Features

  • Suitability: Side and Back sleepers
  • Item Weight: 1.84 kilograms
  • Material: Gel memory foam pillow minimizes heat build-up to help you sleep better – Designed with the perfect balance between firmness and comfort that supports the neck with zero pressure on the head. Air mesh on both sides provides air circulation all night long keeping you feel good. Do not expose the memory foam pillow to direct sunlight.
  • Product Dimensions: 22″ x 16″ x 5″ /4″
  • Colour: White
  • Shape: Ergonomic
  • Cover: Contour pillow comes with 2-layer covers (includes 1 inner cotton cover plus 1 microfiber outer cover) that are custom fit for a full and deep night rest – Removable outer cover can be zipped off and washed, while the bed pillow itself SHOULD NOT BE WASHED.
  • Do not expose the memory foam pillow to direct sunlight.

PROS

  • The pillow has the right amount of curvature that allows flexibility to different kinds of sleepers
  • Has a different height to each slope providing preferential comfort

CONS

  • The slight smell when the pillow newly arrives
  • Some people may find it too firm

Special Pillows for Neck Pain
BedStory Memory Foam Pillow, Gel Memory Foam Pillow

BedStory Memory Foam Pillow, Gel Memory Foam Pillow

Cooling gel infused memory foam regulates temperature, disperses heat and promotes airflow, preventing sweating. It provides the neck, shoulder and upper back efficient support throughout the night to relieve neck and shoulder pain. Dust Mite Resistant Orthopedic Pillow Supportive CertiPUR-US Certified

Product details – Unique Features

  • Suitability: Side and Back sleepers
  • Item Weight: 1.64 kilograms
  • Material: High density memory medium to firm foam pillow. Certified CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX for durability, performance and content. No formaldehyde, no mercury, lead or heavy metals. No chemical smell and hypoallergenic, provides a healthy and safe sleeping condition.
  • Product Dimensions: 24″ x 16″ x 15″
  • Colour: White
  • Shape: Ergonomic
  • Cover: Ventilated design memory foam pillow’s cover is specially made with 40% tencel and 60% microfiber fabric, and an air layer on the surface, keeping it comfortable and breathable throughout the night.

PROS

  • 3 year warranty
  • Good ventilation and not hot

CONS

  • May have a slight smell at the beginning when pillow arrives which quickly dissipates

In Conclusion – Special Pillows for Neck Pain

Several studies demonstrate the effectiveness of neck pillows. This article conducts a comparative review on non-orthopedic special pillows for neck pain. Many of these pillows require some getting used to and should not be quickly abandoned in the first few days of use.

Leave a comment below if you find the article informative or if you have a question.

References

1. Won-Hwee Lee, PT and Min-Seok Ko (2017) Effect of sleep posture on neck muscle activity. J Phys Ther Sci: 29(6): 1021–1024. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5468189/

2. InformedHealth.org [Internet]. Cologne, Germany: Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG); 2006-. Neck pain: Overview. 2010 Aug 24 [Updated 2019 Feb 14]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK338120/

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