Do you have a stiff, aching or painful neck and shoulders? Do you want to lose your neck pain? This article could help you on your way to neck pain relief. If you have neck pain you will know how it can be very debilitating. Neck pain can range from a mild niggle from a little tension or having slept awkwardly, to a serious continuous neck pain that can have a major impact on your life. A quality cervical support pillow will certainly help alleviate in neck pain.
Why Does My Neck Hurt? – Crick? Kink? Sprain?
Often you hear somebody say they ‘slept funny’ or ‘slept wrong’. Well, usually they don’t mean that their sleep failed them – what they mean is that their neck hurts, and it’s causing them some measure of inconvenience.
A kinked neck, or crick in the neck, as some people call it (though don’t say it around my friend Krik), is most commonly noticed the first thing in the morning. People blame the way they slept because obviously they weren’t doing anything else, right? Well believe it or not, a kinked neck is usually the result of over-stressing it the day before. As you sleep, your strained muscle or ligament attempts to contract back to its normal length. The torn fibers constrict in an attempt to heal the damage. This results in loss of mobility and usually pain when you try to use it.
A second common cause of neck pain is a pinched nerve. Though these can occur anywhere in the body, a pinched nerve in the neck can be debilitating, because just sitting up uses muscles which pull your vertebrae every which way trying to keep your head up – muscles which have done this job every day since you were two months old. When your neck muscles make the tiny movements they do even just to hold still, they pull at your vertebrae, and any nerves out of place between them take the brunt of it.
The common factor between these types of neck injury is inflammation. The area around your muscle, ligament or nerve is inflamed, which means that there is fluid collected in the tissue trying to aid the healing process. As a result, the injured area is usually warmer than the rest of the area, making it that much easier to feel every twitch and pull.
Note: If this doesn’t sound familiar to you, there could also be another cause. If the pain is localized in the tip of your shoulder or side of your neck, and grows worse at certain times of day (after meals, before bedtime, etc.) rather than while moving, it could be referred pain. Referred pain is often a sign of more serious problems. If you think your neck or shoulder pain is referred pain and you also have abdominal pain of any kind, it may be time to mention it to your doctor.
Cervical Support Pillows
A cervical pillow is one that is designed to support and align the neck or cervical spine. Unlike a conventional bed pillow, a cervical pillow is shaped, curved or specifically designed to offer support and posture correction to the cervical area of the spine. Doctors will often recommend a cervical pillow to their patients.
Neck pillows have become a popular item in recent times and everyone seems to be getting on the bandwagon. Infomercials on TV make elaborate claims about this new neck pillow or that new cervical support pillow. So, what do you believe and which ones are the best?
Like so many things, the best cervical pillow can be a matter of personal choice; what suits you may not be the right pillow for your friend. Some people find that have to try more than one style of neck pillow before they find the one that gives them the best support, allows them to sleep soundly and relieves their neck or back pain.
Not all cervical pillows are created equal, so always buy from a reputable supplier or manufacturer and ask about the warranty on the pillow you choose. You need to test the pillow to make sure that it actually does support your neck and keeps your head in a straight line with your body when you are lying on your back and your side. The pillow also needs to be comfortable to allow you to get a good night’s sleep. Having said that, it may take you a little while to get used to a new cervical pillow as it will probably be quite different to the pillow you have been using.
The internet is a great place to start your research because there are numerous websites that sell and describe cervical neck pillows. You can also read what other consumers and sufferers of neck pain have to say about different types of pillow. However, before you part with your money, try to test out a few different styles of cervical pillow in a store so you have an idea of what they feel like. Check out the return policy of online stores.
One widely promoted therapeutic pillow is the Cervical Traction Neck Pillow, which promises “to help you improve posture and stop neck pain.” This pillow has different zones for different purposes; the centre seam keeps your head in the correct position, the side wings align your head, neck and spine when lying on your side and the traction V-shape applies a gentle pull on the spine. You get all this for around $55.
The Tranquillow Contoured Neck Pillow is made from a single piece of “no-bounce” foam to cradle your head, support your neck and keep your spine in alignment as you sleep. This pillow features one side higher than the other to give you options; it comes in four sizes and different density foams to allow you to find the one that suits you best.
Travel Pillow for back and neck support
Travel pillow holds the neck and head in place relieving back pain, neck tension, soreness and stress built up during a travel. This Travel Pillow gives you comfort. With conventional pillows there is more pressure put on the skull, and the contemporary styles of thick, soft pillows that cushion our heads may cause our heads to fall forward or to one side, reversing the proper cervical (neck) curve. This may cause insomnia, headaches, irritability, or a stiff neck.
Pillows that support the neck maintain the proper cervical curve; support the neck by providing a deep area for the head to rest and a supportive area to keep the neck in alignment. The comfort and wellness of your neck will not only allow for more proper sleep, but it also has a good chance at relieving headaches and tension. Neck Bone pillows can be used to help maintain the normal anterior curve of the cervical spine during rest by giving great support.