July Article of the Month – Do you have a sore neck?
Tips from the Naturopath | July 1, 2014
Getting the right pillow may just do the trick
By Le Physique Physiotherapist James Allen
If we want to take good care of our necks, there is not one piece of equipment more important than your pillow. Many of us already know the importance of having a good quality supportive mattress, and yet will grab any old sack of feathers to support our head and neck.
Aside from its importance in helping you to feel comfortable while you sleep, your pillow also cradles your neck from 6-10 hours every single day of your life (or 4-5 hours for parents of young kids out there!).
Regardless of how long you sleep, your pillow can have a massive effect on neck pain and discomfort, upper back pain, and headaches. It is vitally important that your pillow is the right shape and height and provides enough support to care for the delicate muscles and joints of the neck.
After extensive personal research (of trying what seemed like a hundred different pillows) Mimi Le has discovered a winner – the Dunlopillo Therapillo. It is a contoured profile pillow made from premium polyurethane foam (memory foam). Because of the contoured shape, this pillow provides support to the natural curvatures of the cervical spine. This is essential to take pressure off our joints and allow our neck and shoulder muscles to relax while we sleep.
The memory foam is excellent because it moulds to your natural shape to ensure correct spinal alignment, but does not become deformed or misshapen over time. There are also multiple height versions of the pillow available, to cater for side-sleeping, back-sleeping and differing body sizes.
The pillow is also endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and made in Australia, and guaranteed to restore to its original shape for 10 years.
The key factor making the sleeping experience exceptional is the contour of the pillow. The pillow is available in a non-contour version at department stores – however, you will not experience the same benefits with non-contour version. It is the contour that keeps the neck supported and in the right position, for the ultimate in support and comfort.
Many of the Le Physique Physiotherapy clients will have already heard Mimi exclaim excitedly, “This pillow has changed my life!”. I have also started using the same pillow and immediately noticed a significant improvement. I often used to spend the night changing positions frequently, and then wake in the morning with dull headaches and tight neck muscles. I thought this must have been because of my job as a physiotherapist, leaning over the treatment beds all day. But since changing pillows I have no longer had those problems.
Neck pain often requires additional treatment and there are other factors including posture, alignment, movement patterns and muscle tightness that can cause or contribute to neck pain and injury.
However, if you wake in the morning with neck discomfort or headaches or are experiencing similar symptoms throughout the day, then it is vital to consider if you are using the right pillow. Even if you are experiencing unrest during sleep, difficulty getting comfortable or changing positions frequently during the night, then a pillow change is an investment well-worth considering.
We are so impressed with the pillow that we now stock the pillows in our physiotherapy practice. If you are interested in the pillow or just have questions about your current pillow then contact us at Le Physique Physiotherapy