My neck hurts, should I change my pillow?
Should I change my pillow?
Good question… How many times have we raised the question of pillows, mattresses, sofas and other things for resting (maybe we should remove the sofa as something for resting as in some households it can outperform the bed!!).But let’s focus on pillows, their physical proximity to the neck and the frequency with which they are often associated with pain in that area.
But let’s focus on pillows, their physical proximity to the neck and the frequency with which they are often associated with pain in that area.The basic rule and, I think, most widespread answer to requests for advice on pillows is that it should be lower rather than higher, and with a filling which can be moulded to the curve of the neck. Don’t you think that the market should be filled with pillows of that kind?…
I think, though, that we should discuss the position of the neck a little more. A misalignment of the head and neck, together with some stiffness in the area, greatly complicates using a pillow in the way we’ve just mentioned. It can be difficult to visualize for someone who is not familiar with these terms. We are talking about what we call “forward head posture”, a fairly common postural pattern in our society and often associated with localised discomfort of various kinds (especially when it accompanies poor positions at work, stress and even dental / jaw imbalances, among many other factors).
Raising the subjects of musculoskeletal biomechanics and tension of the fascia may cause you to yawn, not a good thing, considering we have not yet resolved the issue of the pillow…
In short, we can say that unless you sleep with a extra-large and high pillow, the problem is more one of posture and neglect of hygiene than the infrastructure of the bedroom. Is that good news?