What are the Best Therapeutic Pillows for Back Pain?

A good sleeping posture not only helps you sleep well but also ensures that you wake up without pain or stiffness. In fact, a good sleep posture means that your knees, hips, spine, chest, shoulders, head and neck are all aligned. In addition to the mattress, therapeutic pillows like the cervical pillow, the lumbar pillow, and the knee pillow help you get that right sleeping posture. For instance, a cervical pillow helps align your head with the spine. Next, a lumbar pillow helps align the lower back. Finally, the knee pillow helps align the legs and hips with the spinal column.

Answer: Best Therapeutic Pillows For 2019

Table of Contents


3 Best Cervical Pillows Reviewed

Editor's Pick

Nature's Guest Support Cervical Pillow

Comparison of 3 Best Cervical Pillows

Cervical Pillow

Nature's Guest

SLEEPHI Collection

Fine Pillow

Filler

Hypo-allergenic microfiber

Hypo-allergenic microfiber

Micro-denier poly-fiber and adjoined cluster poly-fiber rolled into micro ball

Thickness

5

2

6.5

Firmness

Adjustable

 

 

Cool

Air flow

 

Breathable

Unique Features

Dip in the middle for back and stomach sleepers; side sleepers use thicker outer parts of pillow

Dip in the middle for back and stomach sleepers

Machine washable

Warranty

Return in 30 days for full refund

 

Exchange or return in 30 days for full refund

+ve User Feedback

78%

70%

85%

Rating (max 5)

4.9

4.2

4.1

Nature's Guest Support Pillow

Nature's Guest
Back and side areas

Most of all, Nature's guest support pillows are firmer and designed with a center indentation to better support the neck. Meanwhile, those who prefer to sleep on their sides, use the two sides of the pillow. However, this therapeutic pillow is not recommended for anyone looking for a soft, fluffy pillow or a hi-loft pillow.

Construction

First and foremost, Nature's guest support pillow implements a proven contoured pillow design that is based on input from chiropractors and orthopedics. Next, the dual zipper design makes it possible to adjust the firmness of the pillow in both the back (neck roll cushion) and side sleeping areas of the pillow. Especially relevant, the pillow filler uses premium quality, hypo-allergenic microfiber. Furthermore, the silk trim gusseted sides use a filler that provides increased air flow, which, in turn, promotes a cooler more restful sleep.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the Nature's guest pillow uses a premium hypo-allergenic ultra-luxurious 233 thread cotton fabric cover. As a result, there are no harsh chemical odors and there is no need to be concerned about skin allergies.

Dimensions

In addition, this cervical pillow is 24 inches long, 16 inches wide, and a loft that is 5 inches high.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, the Nature's guest support pillow for neck pain provides optimal cervical support that maintains a proper head, neck and spinal alignment while you sleep.
  2. 2
    Also, the gusseted edge design provides support for side as well as back sleepers.
  3. 3
    Moreover, the gusseted edge allows you to effortlessly shift from back to side sleep positions.
  4. 4
    Next, the cervical pillow’s firmness can be adjusted from soft to medium firmness by simply adjusting the amount of filling in both the neck roll area and the side sleeping areas of the pillow.
  5. 5
    In addition, the filler provides cool, comfortable support, while relieving neck, shoulder, and back pain.
  6. 6
    Finally, the cervical pillow reduces neck, back, and shoulder pain while providing optimal cervical support that maintains proper head, neck, and spinal alignment.

Guarantee

Furthermore, if you are not satisfied, the pillow can be returned within 30 days with a full refund.

Weight

Finally, the pillow weighs about 4.8 pounds.

Pros

  • Sleeping Position
    First, the pillow can be used by back, stomach, and side sleepers.
  • Transition
    Next, the sleeper can effortlessly shift between sleeping on the back and sides.
  • Filler
    Also, the filler in neck and side sleeping areas of the pillow adjustable for desired firmness.
  • Temperature
    Moreover, the pillow feels cool.
  • Satisfaction
    Meanwhile, a full refund if not satisfied within 30 days.
  • Rating
    Finally, it is among the highest rated in cervical pillows.

Cons

SLEEPHI Collection

Sleephi neck pillow
side sleeper

Construction

First and foremost, the low density SLEEPHI collection pillow, a therapeutic cervical pillow, is made of hypo-allergenic 100 percent soft plush microfiber.

Dimensions

Next, the pillow is 26 inches long, 20 inches wide, and has a loft that is two inches high.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, the convexity or dip in the middle of the SLEEPHI collection pillow helps support the neck and keep the spine straight.
  2. 2
    Next, in order to prevent the head from being in an elevated position when lying on the back or stomach, the cervical pillow is flat and thin in the middle and puffier on the sides.
  3. 3
    Moreover, the dip in the cervical pillow gives the head a comfortable resting position. Consequently, this helps the spine stay straight in all sleeping positions. In fact, the cervical pillow gives the right amount of support without bending the neck.
  4. 4
    Because the pillow is made from hypo-allergenic microfiber, it is perfect for those whose allergies are triggered by feather pillows.
  5. 5
    Finally, this is a pillow for neck pain

Weight

Finally, the pillow weighs about 2 pounds.

Pros

  • Users
    The pillow is usable by back, stomach, and side sleepers.

Cons

Fine Pillow

Fine Neck Pillow
pillow heights

Most of all, the Fine pillow, a therapeutic pillow, is designed for side, back, stomach, or combination sleepers. Furthermore, the pillow is designed for people with neck, back, and shoulder pain.

Construction

First and foremost, the Fine pillow is made from a combination of micro-denier poly-fiber and adjoined cluster poly-fiber rolled into micro ball shapes. Consequently, the blended fill provides a fluffy, comfy, and down-feel comfort.

Meanwhile, the inner chamber is filled with hundreds of millions of soft and pliable fibers to give an adaptive and cloud-feel comfort that responds to your sleeping position. Also, the outer chamber is filled with millions of hair-like fibers to provide you with an extra plush and padded comfort. Next, the pillow is encased in a breathable, soft, 220 thread count, 100 percent cotton cloth.

Finally, the hypo-allergenic pillow is great for those whose allergies are triggered by feather pillows.

Dimensions

In addition, this cervical pillow is 28 inches long, 20 inches wide, and has a loft that is 6.5 inches high.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, the Fine pillow can be washed, dried and reused.
  2. 2
    Next, the pillow protects the neutral alignment of the spine, adapts to the curve of the neck, and fills in the space between the head and the mattress.
  3. 3
    Also, the breathable pillow adapts to the shape of your head and shoulders. Consequently, you get a more relaxed and peaceful sleep.
  4. 4
    In addition, this is a pillow for neck pain.
  5. 5
    Finally, the pillow can be washed every three to six months. In fact, the pillow can be machine washed using warm water and a gentle cycle. In addition, the pillow can be machine dried on low heat.

Guarantee

Furthermore, if after using the pillow for 14 days you are not happy with the pillow, you can either return or exchange the pillow within 30 days of purchase.

Pros

  • Sleepers
    First and foremost, the Fine pillow is usable by back, stomach, side, and combination sleepers.
  • Feel
    Next, the pillow has a fluffy, down-feel comfort.
  • Malleable
    Also, this breathable pillow adapts to the shape of head and shoulders.
  • Cleaning
    Moreover, the pillow can be cleaned in a washer machine.
  • Guarantee
    Finally, the pillow can be exchanged or get a refund within 30 days.

Cons

2 Best Lumbar Pillows Reviewed

Editor’s Pick

TruContour Super Lumbar Pillow

Comparison of 2 Best Lumbar Pillows

Lumbar Pillow

TruContour

PandasPillow

Filler

Hypo-allergenic dust resistance memory foam

Memory foam

Thickness

Adjustable up to 3 inches

Ranges from 0.8 to 2 inches

Firmness

 

Not very firm

Cool

 

Memory foam injected with cooling gel

Warranty

Replaceable within 1 year

Standard

+ve User Feedback

78%

86%

Rating (max 5)

4.9

4.1

TruContour Super Lumbar

TruContour Super Lumbar Pillow
sleep postures

Most of all, the TruContour super lumbar pillow helps improve spine posture, relieves strained back muscles, and ligaments. Moreover, this therapeutic pillow works in all three sleeping positions: back, side, and stomach.

Construction

First and foremost, the TruContour super lumbar pillow comes in two sizes; light lumbar and super lumbar. The light lumbar model provides a small to moderate degree of support. While, the super lumbar model provides a light to strong degree of support.

By the way, the height of the pillow is adjusted by adding or removing foam pads. Most noteworthy, the light lumbar pillow has two foam pads, while the super lumbar pillow has three foam pads.

Meanwhile, the foam pads have a rounded shape that fits the natural curve of the back and provides greater comfort. Next, the medical grade memory foam provides the right balance of support and comfort. Furthermore, the hypo-allergenic memory foam is dust resistant.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the extremely soft velour outer cover can be machine washed. Also, the outer cover has a highly breathable premium quality inner mesh liner.

Dimensions

In addition, the TruContour light lumbar pillow is 17 inches long, 8 inches wide, and has a loft that is 1.75 inches high. Meanwhile the TruContour super lumbar pillow is 24 inches long, 8 inches wide, and has a loft that is 3 inches high.

Features and Uses

These lumbar pillows are designed for back sleepers, those preferring to sleep on their sides, and those preferring to sleep on their stomach.

Guarantee

Most of all, TruContour guarantees they will replace the pillow within one year if anything should happen to the pillow.

Weight

Finally, the TruContour super lumbar pillow weighs 11.4 ounces.

Pros

  • Sleepers
    First and foremost, the TruContour super lumbar pillow is usable by back, stomach, and side sleepers.
  • Adjustable height
    Meanwhile, the pillow's height is adjusted by adding or removing foam pads.
  • Filler
    In addition, the pillow uses hypo-allergenic memory foam.
  • Cleaning
    Also, the cover can be machine washed.
  • Temperature
    Next, the breathable cover cools the pillow.
  • Warranty
    Furthermore, if not satisfied, the pillow can be replaced within one year.
  • Rating
    Finally, this pillow is among the highest rated lumbar pillows.

Cons

PandasPillow Cooling Lumbar

PandasPillow Lumbar Pillow
sleep posture improvements

Most of all, the PandasPillow cooling lumbar pillow is not meant for those needing a lot of firmness due to their height and/or weight. In fact, this therapeutic pillow is designed for the average person that needs some support and firmness.

Construction

First and foremost, the PandasPillow cooling lumbar pillow is engineered to support the back. Also, the pillow adapts to the curvature of the spine when sleeping on your back, side or stomach. In addition, since most viscoelastic polyurethane foam pillows retain too much heat, the PandasPillow is made of memory foam that is infused with cooling gel.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the PandasPillow comes with a premium, hypo-allergenic, super-soft bamboo cover that is removable and can be machine washed.

Dimensions

In addition, the pillow is 23.5 inches long, 8.5 inches wide, and a loft that is 2 inches high at the highest point and 0.8 inches high at lowest point.

Features and Uses

The PandasPillow is designed for back sleepers, those preferring to sleep on their sides, and those preferring to sleep on their stomach.

Warranty

Furthermore, the PandasPillow cooling lumbar pillow has a standard warranty.

Weight

Finally, the pillow weighs 1 pound.

Pros

  • Sleepers
    First of all, the PandasPillow cooling lumbar pillow is usable by back, stomach, or side sleepers.
  • Filler
    Also, the memory foam contains heat dissipating cool gel.
  • Cleaning
    Finally, the pillow has a washable hypo-allergenic bamboo cover.

Cons

  • Limitations
    Most of all, the pillow is designed for average person – not for anyone taller or heavier.

4 Best Knee Pillows Reviewed

First and foremost, these best knee pillows are only needed by those who prefer to sleep on their sides.

Editor’s Choice

ComfiLife Orthopedic Knee Pillow

Comparison of 4 Best Knee Pillows

Best Knee Pillow

ComfiLife

Half Moon Bolster

Cushy Form

Everlasting Comfort

Filler

100 percent premium quality high-density memory foam

Premium (100 percent) quality visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam

100 percent visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam

100 percent pure premium quality memory foam

Thickness

6.3 inches

4.5 inches

5.5 inches high on the ends, and 3.25 inches in the middle where the knees go

8 inches high on the narrow edges

Pillow cover

Breathable, zippered machine washable cover

Breathable and machine washable organic cotton cover

Pillow’s cover is removable and machine washable

Pillow cover is removable and machine washable

Unique Features

 

 

Feels softer in warm environments and firmer in cold environments

Removable and adjustable hook-and-loop strap around your legs

Warranty

Money back guarantee if not 100 percent satisfied

100 percent lifetime money back guarantee

100 percent money back guarantee

Lifetime warranty

+ve User Feedback

87%

85%

81%

86%

Rating (max 5)

4.9

4.4

4.8

4.6

ComfiLife Orthopedic Knee Pillow

ComfiLife Knee Pillow

Construction

First and foremost, the ComfiLife orthopedic knee pillow is one of the best knee pillow. In fact, it uses 100 percent premium quality high-density viscoelastic polyurethane foam. Moreover, the foam of this therapeutic pillow doesn’t go flat over time.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the knee pillow has a breathable zippered, easy to clean cover that ensures the pillow does not get warm. Furthermore, for easy cleaning, the cover can be cleaned in a washer machine.

Dimensions

In addition, the pillow is 9.8 inches long, 7.9 inches wide, and has a loft that is 6.3 inches high.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, the contoured design keeps legs, hip, and spine in alignment while sleeping.
  2. 2
    Next, the pillow improves circulation.
  3. 3
    Also, the pillow provides relief from sciatica, back pain, knee pain, joint pain, and hip pain.
  4. 4
    Furthermore, the  pillow helps during pregnancy.
  5. 5
    Finally, the memory foam knee pillow helps get comfortable sleep.

Guarantee

Most of all, the ComfiLife orthopedic knee pillow comes with a money back guarantee if not 100 percent satisfied.

Weight

Finally, the pillow weighs 12 ounces.

Pros

  • Filler
    First of all, the ComfiLife orthopedic knee pillow uses 100 percent premium quality high-density viscoelastic polyurethane foam that doesn’t go flat over time.
  • Cleaning
    Next, the pillow's breatheable cover can be cleaned in a washer machine.
  • Sleeping Position
    Also, the pillow's contoured design helps keep legs, hips, and spine in alignment.
  • Guarantee
    Moreover, the pillow comes with a money back guarantee.
  • Rating
    Finally, the pillow is among the highest rated knee pillows.

Cons

Half Moon Bolster Pillow

Beautiful Life Knee Pillow

Construction

First and foremost, the dual layer firm half moon bolster pillow uses 100 percent premium quality visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam. Moreover, the foam of this therapeutic pillow doesn’t flatten out during the night. And, because the pillow is hypo-allergenic, it’s great for those who suffer from allergies when using pillows containing feathers.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the pillow uses a breathable organic cotton cover that is easy to clean in a washer machine.

Dimensions

In addition, the pillow is 20.5 inches long, 8 inches wide, and has a loft that is 4.5 inches high.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, the pillow ensures alignment of spine and hips.
  2. 2
    Also, this pillow is recommended by chiropractors, physical therapists, sports trainers, and doctors.
  3. 3
    Next, the pillow is used as a between the leg spacer providing support for those preferring to sleep on their sides.
  4. 4
    Also, the pillow can be tucked on the back side to keep those sleeping on their sides from rolling over.
  5. 5
    Furthermore, the pillow can be used to elevate ankles for those preferring to sleep on their  back and stomach. As a result, circulation improves and risk of getting varicose veins decreases.
  6. 6
    In addition, the pillow can be used to provide under knee support for back sleepers.
  7. 7
    Also, the pillow can be used for elevating legs while sleeping on your back.
  8. 8
    The pillow can be used during recovery from knee or hip replacement surgery.
  9. 9
    Also, the pillow can be used during pregnancy.
  10. 10
    Most of all, the pillow supports and cushions the lower back, knees, hips, legs, or ankles.
  11. 11
    Also, the pillow provides relief from neck, spine, back, hip, knee, and ankle stress.
  12. 12
    In addition, the pillow relieves scoliosis, lower back and sciatic nerve pain.
  13. 13
    Furthermore, the pillow provides lumbar support while sitting or reclining on a sofa, couch, or chair.
  14. 14
    Finally, the pillow can be used while driving to provide back and lumbar support.

Guarantee

Most of all, the pillow has a no hassle, 100 percent lifetime money back guarantee.

Weight

Finally, the pillow weighs 14.4 ounces.

Pros

  • Filler
    First and foremost, the half moon bolster pillow is made of 100 percent premium quality visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam.
  • Cleaning
    Also, the pillow has a breathable cotton cover that can be cleaned in a washer.
  • Sleeping Position
    Most of all the pillow aligns the spine and hips.
  • Guarantee
    Lastly, the pillow has a 100 percent lifetime money back guarantee.

Cons

  • Size
    Regrettably, it is too long for use between the knees.

Cushy Form Knee Pillow

Cushy Form knee pillow

Construction

First and foremost, the contoured Cushy form knee pillow is made of 100 percent visco-elastic hypo-allergenic polyurethane foam that maintains its firmness. And, because this therapeutic pillow is hypo-allergenic, it’s great for those who suffer from allergies when using pillows containing feathers.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the pillow’s cover is removable and can be cleaned in a washing machine.

Dimensions

In addition, the knee pillow is 10 inches long, 8 inches wide, and has a loft that is 5.5 inches high on the ends, and 3.25 inches high in the middle, where the legs go.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, pillow is designed for those preferring to sleep on their sides and during pregnancy.
  2. 2
    Also, the pillow is recommended by physical therapists, doctors, sports trainers and chiropractors.
  3. 3
    Next, the pillow encourages proper alignment of spine and hips.
  4. 4
    Also, the therapeutic side sleeper body positioner encourages correct posture.
  5. 5
    In addition, by providing proper spinal alignment and reducing pressure, the pillow eases back, leg, knee, ankle, hip joint and sciatic nerve pain.
  6. 6
    Moreover, by properly aligning your spine and improving circulation, the pillow provides fast acting pain relief for arthritis, headaches, injuries, bursitis, sciatica, posture problems, and during pregnancy.
  7. 7
    Next, the pillow can be used as knee spacer during pregnancy or recovery after surgery.
  8. 8
    Also, the pillow assists with restless leg syndrome.
  9. 9
    Most of all, the pillow adapts to the temperature in your surroundings. Consequently, it feels softer in warm environments and firmer in cold environments.
  10. 10
    In addition, the pillow reacts to body heat becoming softer throughout the night.
  11. 11
    Also, the pillow provides relief from hip bursitis and scoliosis.
  12. 12
    Finally, the pillow comes with a free travel case.

Guarantee

Most of all, the pillow has a no hassle, 100 percent money back guarantee.

Weight

Finally, the knee pillow weighs 14.4 ounces.

Pros

  • Sleepers
    First of all, the Cushy form knee pillow is for side sleepers.
  • Sleeping Position
    Next, the pillow aligns the spine and hips.
  • FiIller
    Also, the pillow uses 100 percent visco-elastic hypo-allergenic memory foam.
  • Cleaning
    Meanwhile, the removable pillow cover can be cleaned in a washer.
  • Feel
    In addition, the pillow feels softer when it’s warm and firmer when it’s cold.
  • Guarantee
    Finally, the pillow has a 100 percent money back guarantee.

Cons

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow

Everlasting Comfort knee pillow

Construction

First and foremost, the Everlasting comfort knee pillow is made of 100 percent pure premium quality visco-elastic polyurethane foam with no additives. Also, this therapeutic pillow is equipped with a removable and adjustable hook-and-loop strap that keeps the knee pillow in perfect alignment between your legs even when you toss and turn or roll over while sleeping.

Cover - Pillow

Next, the breathable knee pillow cover is removable and can be cleaned in a washer.

Dimensions

In addition, the pillow is 10.5 inches long, 6 inches wide, and has a loft that is 8 inches high.

Features and Uses

  1. 1
    First, the Everlasting comfort knee pillow is designed for those preferring to sleep on their sides and use during pregnancy.
  2. 2
    Also, the pillow’s orthopedic contour keeps the knees separated with ideal spacing and help align your legs, hips, and spine.
  3. 3
    Next, the pillow provides relief and used as treatment for knee, hip, leg and thigh area, pelvis, lower back, lumbar and spine, arthritis, bursitis, joint and sciatic nerve pain.
  4. 4
    Also, the pillow comes with a free travel case.
  5. 5
    Finally, the pillow comes with two pairs of premium quality memory foam ear plugs with an industry leading NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) of 33, packed conveniently into a travel case.

Guarantee

Most of all, the Everlasting comfort knee pillow has a lifetime warranty. And, if anything goes wrong, the manufacturer will send a new pillow at no cost.

Weight

Finally, the pillow weighs 1.35 pounds.

Pros

  • Sleepers
    First of all, the Everlasting comfort knee pillow is meant for side sleepers.
  • Filler
    Also, the pillow uses 100 percent premium quality memory foam.
  • Assistance
    Next, the pillow has an adjustable hook and loop strap to keep knee pillow in position between your legs.
  • Cleaning
    In addition, the pillow cover can be cleaned in a washer.
  • Warranty
    Finally, the pillow comes with a lifetime warranty – manufacturer will replace a faulty pillow at no cost.

Cons

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Can These Pillows Alleviate Back Pain?

First and foremost, a pillow that feels flat or lumpy can’t provide adequate support. Indeed, a pillow like that may cause your neck and spine to not be aligned properly. Consequently, this leads to pain and discomfort when you wake up in the morning. Therefore, a pillow that feels flat or lumpy should be thrown away. Also, in general, pillows need to be replaced every 18 months.

Next, if you have back or hip pain when you first wake up and that gradually goes away as the morning goes on, then your mattress and/or your pillow may be the cause of the pain.

Most of all, a head pillow should hold your head at the same height as the rest of your spine. So, if a pillow is too flat your head will be lower than your spine. And if the pillow is too thick your head will be too far above your spine. In fact, this non-alignment causes pain in your back and neck.

Also, sometimes an extra therapeutic pillow under the lower back or knees increases support for the spine. Moreover, when pillows are used properly they can reduce your back pain and you get a better sleep.

What Kind Of Therapeutic Pillows Alleviate Back Pain?

First and foremost, to prevent or reduce the effects of back pain, these pillows must have the right thickness. In fact, being either too thick or too thin are not good for your back. However, feather pillows can cause allergies in some people. So, if you get stuffy or sneezy at night, throw away the feather pillow and replace it with a hypo-allergenic pillow.

Next, visco-elastic polyurethane foam pillows conform to the shape of your head. As a result, they provide excellent support and help align your neck with the spine. Incidentally, visco-elastic polyurethane foam pillows can last up to three years.

By the way, orthopedic pillows are usually made of visco-elastic polyurethane foam. Also, lumbar pillows are usually made of visco-elastic polyurethane foam and designed to support the lower back.

Are There Things You Can Do To Reduce Back Pain?

First and foremost, sleeping without a pillow can help your back extend and may result in better spinal alignment, which might relieve back pain. Above all, whatever your preferred sleeping position, you need proper alignment of your spine. In fact, the best way to do this is to align your ears, shoulders, and hips so that they are in the same horizontal plane.

Next, gaps between your body and the bed may strain muscles and spine. Therefore, reduce the stress by using pillows to fill these gaps.

Finally, when you turn while sleeping, your body can get out of alignment by the twisting and turning motion. Therefore, when you turn, move your entire body together, keeping your core tight and pulled in. Furthermore, it may be helpful to bring your knees towards your chest as you roll over.

What Should You Look For In Therapeutic Pillows?

First and foremost, a therapeutic pillow should be comfortable. Next, the therapeutic pillow should provide adequate support. Consequently, the pillow should be firm enough to prevent your head from sinking into the pillow. Because, when your head doesn’t sink, your spine will be in a neutral position. Therefore, a firm pillow helps to relieve back pain.

Also, a therapeutic pillow should cradle your head and neck to support the upper portion of your spine. Regrettably pillow protectors aren’t always completely successful in fulfilling their role. As a result, pillows that use these protectors hold lots of allergy triggers like mold and dust mites.

Back Sleepers

Above all, back sleepers do best with thinner neck pillows and those that have extra padding in the bottom to support the neck. Consequently, visco-elastic polyurethane foam neck pillows are best because the memory foam molds to your neck. Also, if you sleep on your back, your neck pillow should completely fill the space between your neck and the mattress.

Incidentally, as you sleep on your back, you can prop up your knees with one or more pillows. As a result, by flattening out your spine, you wake up with less tightness and pain.

Most of all, back sleepers should generally look for medium fill neck pillows. If you sit up straight, this is the same angle that your pillow should provide when lying down. Moreover, if your chin is angled towards your chest, then the pillow is too thick. On the other hand, if your head falls back, then the pillow is too thin.

improvement with pillows

Also, as the picture on the left shows, when you sleep on your back, gravity can pull the lumbar (or the lower) area of the back towards the mattress and flatten out the spine’s natural “S” shaped curve. Consequently, the lower back comes under stress and may cause pain. On the other hand, placing a pillow under the lower back and the knees can restore the natural contour of the spine.

Also, as the picture on the left shows, a thick pillow pushes up your head causing the spine to bend upwards. While the picture of the right shows that a pillow that is thicker underneath the neck and thinner in the back flattens out the spine.

Stomach Sleepers

Most of all, those preferring to sleep on their stomach, do best with the thinnest pillow possible or no pillow at all.  Consequently, these sleepers should generally look for higher-fill pillow or neck/contour style pillows. Also, the pillow should support your neck, keeping a natural angle. In fact, a pillow that is too shallow can cause your head to bend inward and may place strain on your shoulder.

stomach sleepers - spinal stress

And, as the picture shows, when you sleep on your stomach, gravity pulls the lumbar (or the lower) area of the back towards the mattress. As a result, this bending exaggerates the spine’s natural “S” shaped curve. Consequently, the lower back comes under intense stress and causes pain. On the other hand, placing a pillow under the pelvis will raise the lower back and help maintain the natural curve of the lower back, thereby reducing muscle strain.

Also, as the picture on the left shows, a thick pillow pushes up your head causing the spine to bend upwards. While the picture of the right shows that a pillow that is thicker underneath the neck and thinner in the back flattens out the spine.

Side Sleepers

Incidentally, if you sleep on your side, use a thicker, firm pillow to keep your head in line with the rest of your body. Better still, try to find a pillow that has an extra-wide gusset that will help with the space between your ear and shoulders.  On the other hand, a pillow that is too thick can force your neck to bend away from the pillow causing tension in your neck.

Side sleepers - spinal stress

First and foremost, when sleeping on the side, the spine should be parallel to the mattress.  And, as the picture on the left shows, when you sleep on your side, gravity pulls the spine from its naturally straight shape towards the mattress. As a result, the lower back bends downward. Consequently, the vertebrae has an unnatural position which strains muscles and ligaments. On the other hand, placing a pillow under the abdominal area will raise the lower back into alignment with the rest of the spine and thereby reduce muscle strain.

Also, as the picture on the left shows, a thick pillow pushes up your head causing the spine to bend upwards. While the picture of the right shows that a pillow that is thicker underneath the neck and somewhat thinner in the back flattens out the spine. Especially noteworthy, the back of the pillow needs to be thick enough to keep your head aligned with the spine.

Knee Pillows

By the way, those who prefer to sleep on their sides can use a firm knee pillow between their knees. Indeed, the knee pillow reduces strain on your back. In fact, without a knee pillow, the leg on top will pull down the pelvis which in turn pulls your spine out of its neutral, resting position. Consequently, by adding a knee pillow that supports your top leg helps to keep the spine aligned properly.

Body Pillows

Incidentally, you may try sleeping on your side with a body pillow. Indeed, a body pillow is a pillow that extends from head to toe. Also, this pillow is a favorite for many who prefer to sleep on their sides, since it can be hugged to the chest to prevent shoulder pain caused by an awkward arm position. Moreover, the pillow can be placed between the knees to keep the spine straight. In addition, the pillow gives you a feeling of something against your stomach while helping to align the rest of your body.

Finally, the pillow supports both your head and neck as well as provide the necessary buffer between your knees. However, don’t put one leg over the body pillow without any other support, since that can twist the spine and cause undue stress.

Cervical pillows

Especially relevant, when you lie down, there is some space between your neck and the mattress. Consequently, your neck is without support which contributes to misalignment. However, adding a cervical pillow, known as orthopedic or neck pillow, provides support, which is helpful to those with neck and upper spine problems.

Hip Pain

First and foremost, the best way to reduce hip pain is to use a therapeutic pillow to elevate your legs or knees in such a manner that the hip is perfectly aligned. Moreover, a good knee or body pillow is one of the best ways to provide the right support for effective relief from hip pain. In addition, you can also try changing your sleeping position and use pillows as supports to find a position which causes you the least pain.

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