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What pillows should I buy for my bed?

By Dr. Rupina Khanna

Using a proper cervical pillow is crucial from a chiropractic perspective as it plays a significant role in maintaining the natural alignment of the spine, particularly the cervical spine or as we call it in simple terms, the neck region. The cervical spine has a gentle curve, and sleeping with improper neck support can lead to misalignment, muscle strain, and discomfort. A well-designed cervical pillow provides adequate support to the neck and helps keep the spine in a neutral position during sleep. This neutral alignment not only aids in preventing neck pain by allowing the neck muscle and ligaments to rest but also contributes to overall spinal health.

We as chiropractors often recommend the use of cervical pillows to our patients as part of our treatment in addressing musculoskeletal issues. By supporting the natural curvature of the neck, these pillows help alleviate stress on the spinal discs and nerves. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals who suffer from conditions like cervical spondylosis, herniated discs, or chronic neck pain. Additionally, using a proper cervical pillow promotes proper posture and reduces the likelihood of waking up with stiffness or soreness in the neck and upper back, contributing to a more restful and rejuvenating sleep.

Incorporating a cervical pillow into one's sleep routine also complements chiropractic adjustments by providing ongoing support to the spine. It becomes an essential tool in assisting the prevention and management of neck-related issues, fostering long-term spinal health and overall well-being. As a result, individuals under chiropractic care are often advised to invest in a quality cervical pillow to optimize the benefits of their treatment and promote a healthier sleep posture.


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