Orthopedic pillows are used to provide the correct alignment of your head, neck and shoulders. There’s a range of reasons why you would want to use an orthopedic pillow:
- Prevent stiff neck and shoulders in the morning
- Reduce neck, shoulder and lower back pain
- Aid breathing for snoring and sleep apnea
- Reduce acid reflux
- Prevent any future neck back or shoulder problems
Some people choose an orthopedic pillow simply because they find them more comfortable than regular pillows.
Some doctors recommend specific orthopedic pillows to their patents but there’s nothing stopping you from choosing one yourself. There’s a range of different pillows available catering to different medical conditions and different sleeping positions.
Contour pillows are designed to bridge the gap in between the head and shoulders. They help support the neck and relive neck and shoulder pain.
They have two elevated sections, one being slightly higher than the other. The higher contour is for side sleepers and the lower contour is for back sleepers. You can choose which one to use by flipping the pillow around the other way.
This contour pillow is made from memory foam that molds around the shape of your head and neck. This provides all round support, eliminating any uncomfortable pressure points.
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This cervical pillow is shallower than the contour pillow above so there’s less pressure on the neck but while still providing good support.
The middle recess is designed specifically for back sleepers. It takes any excess pressure away from your neck whilst keeping your head and neck perfectly aligned. The side bolsters supports your shoulders and keeps your head from tilting to the side.
If you want to sleep on your side you can flip the pillow around. This removes the middle recess and provides the full neck support you would expect from a contoured pillow, bridging the gap between your head and shoulders whilst keeping your neck straight.
Just like the pillow above this cervical pillow is made from memory foam designed to mold around your head and neck and provide full support.
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Body pillows are designed to provide side sleepers with full body support. It’s a single pillow solution for your whole body.
The length of the pillow supports the entire length of your back. Ideal for lower back problems and sciatica. Pregnant woman also use it the other way around to support their stomach.
The end of the pillow tucks under the legs preventing the knees from knocking together and taking off any pressure.
The top of the pillow works like any other regular pillow, elevating your head to provide the correct horizontal alignment of the neck and spine.
It’s made from a mix of cotton and polyester. It strikes a good balance between being soft and squishy for comfort whilst also offering firmness for support when needed.
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Wedge pillows provide a gentle stop to elevate your body slightly. They can aid any conditions that can be improved by sleeping in a more upright position. They help reduce acid reflux and aid breathing for people who snore, have sleep apnea, allergies, or with colds or flu.
Back and front sleepers need little head and neck support so can use it on its own as a pillow. Side sleepers will need a little extra support so can tuck the wedge pillow under the bed sheets and use a pillow on top.
It’s made from a layer of memory foam resting on top of high density foam. This means that it’s comfortable to use, keeps its shape and provides good support.
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Bolster Tube Pillow
Tube pillows are multi purpose pillows. They’re squishy and malleable so you can shape it to suit your needs.
It’s made from microbeads, similar to the soft filling you find in bean bags. It provides good support and is easy to shape.
You can use tube pillows in between your legs, run it along the side of your back, provide extra neck support, or use it as a lumbar pillow to support the curvature of your lower back.
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You would be forgiven for thinking that the Bed of Nails acupressure pillow looks like some sort of torture device. But despite its looks, acupressure pillows are a popular method to ease stiffness and provide relief for thousands of people.
They’re used to ease stress and tension in necks and cure tension headaches. Full length acupressure body mats are also available for back pain. You can lay on it directly or wrap it around in a towel to soften up the 2142 small acupressure points.
You can use it for any length of time you like. Some people like to sleep on it but most like to use it for a short period of time in the evening before they go to sleep and in the morning before they get up. Resting on the pillow for 10 minutes is often enough to provide lasting relief throughout the day or night.
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