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Pillow Support

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Your chiropractor may not be Santa Clause but they can often tell if you’ve been sleeping in a good or bad position. You spend around a third of your life in bed and it important that you don’t spend it damaging your back and your health in the long term.

Pillow Support Is Crucial for helping Spine Problems

For those with spinal disorders, the right type of support can be highly important in helping the spine rest comfortably. Supported and restful sleep are the body’s chance to heal itself from the physical, and nervous challenges of the day.

The human neck curves slightly forward (to hold the weight of the head when upright), and it’s important to maintain this curve when in a resting position.


Sleeping on your Back

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When lying on your back, a pillow should support the natural curvature, or lordosis, of the cervical spine, with adequate support under your head, neck, and shoulders. Pillow height should be lower than for side sleepers. A shaped pillow which is higher at one end to support the nape of your neck and then lower at the other end to rest your head upon works best.


Sleeping on your Side

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When lying on your side, a pillow should support your head and neck so the spine maintains a straight and natural horizontal line. A thicker pillow is needed for sleeping on the side to sleeping on the back. A shaped pillow which is higher at one end to support the nape of your neck whilst being lower at the other end for your head to rest upon works best.


Don’t Sleep on your Stomach

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Sleeping on the stomach is the most stressful position for the back and neck. It’s also means that you are lying on your lungs, with every breath you take you have to lift the weight of your body away from the mattress. No wonder you are waking up tired. We advise you avoid sleeping on your stomach.
If sleeping or resting on the stomach is necessary, the pillow should be relatively flat, or your head resting directly on the mattress, so your head and neck aren’t as strained. It also helps to place another relatively flat pillow under your stomach and hips to help the lower back keep its natural alignment.


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So Is your pillow right or wrong?

Why not bring your pillow in and let us advise you on if it is the right support for you?

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