How to Find the Best Chiropractic Pillow
Do you need help to find the best Chiropractic Pillow?
There are 3 MAJOR FACTORS to consider when finding a new chiropractic pillow
1. THE SHAPE
2. THE MATERIAL
3. VALUE FOR MONEY
1 - The Shape
The most important factor when selecting a chiropractic pillow is the shape of it.
The shape should be CONTOURED. What this means is that is it has a CURVE or DIP in the centre of the pillow.
Why this shape is so important is:
– It supports the neck & pushes into the natural curve in your neck while you sleep (remember this is a lot of hours – most people sleep 5-8 hrs per night).
– Your neck is relaxed while you are sleeping, instead of pulling up or down.
– Your torso (upper body) is in line with your neck while you are on your side – this takes pressure of both your neck & upper back joints & muscles.
2 - The Material
There are always new developments in pillow materials. Some good and some not-so-good. It’s easy to fall into sales traps and hard to get a un-bias opinion.
The main types available currently include:
- Memory Foam
- Feather (down)
- Higher density, that moulds to the shape of your neck quickly, hypoallergenic
- Advantage: Gets to neutral/natural spine position quickly
- Disadvantage: Some people find it too firm or it makes their body temperature increase
- Artificial fabric
- Advantage: Cheaper
- Disadvantage: Heats up quickly, hard to shape, forms lumps quickly & needs to be replaced often
- Advantage: Fluffy, soft, comfortable and warm
- Disadvantage: Poor neck support, expensive, potential allergen
- Extracted from rubber trees (resin)
- Advantage: Cheaper, more resilient that polyester, renewable & biodegradable, hypoallergenic
- Disadvantage: Chemicals are used to mould it, decreased chemicals give it a ‘Natural latex title’
- Advantages: Hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, more natural than other fibres
- Disadvantages: Usually not contoured, may not support neck for side sleepers, firm
Gel or Water:
- Gel is made from silicone, and neither a solid or liquid
- Advantage: Body temperature regulation, cooling properties
- Disadvantage: Hard to mould into contoured shape
So what is the right material for me?
Unless you have specific allergies, then I will always recommend either Memory Foam or Latex for simplicity. They generally appeal to a wider range of people, are affordable and durable – and most importantly – come in a contoured shape!
Then it comes down to if you have tried either of those and have a preference for one over the other? Also do you sleep quite warm already? Then I would choose Latex over Memory Foam.
If you have any other specific questions related to yourself and what pillow might be best, then do not hesitate to call us – 0435 500 733.
3 - Value for Money
So what is a Chiropractor‘s recommendation on the best pillow for neck pain?
Generally both Memory Foam and Latex Pillows can range from $60 to $150 for a good quality one.
The benefit of buying it in person is that you may be able to try the pillow for size. If you are an average height and weight, then you should be suited to a standard medium size pillow.
If you are a larger framed person, or have broad shoulders then I would aim for a high profile pillow.
The reason I recommend these pillows are for the reasons given above: Contoured shape, good quality material and value for money.
Both pillows are also recommended by a range of allied health professionals.
1. Denton’s Medi-Rest
- Contoured & waved surface
- Posture support for side & back sleepers
- Medium height
- Material: Foam, feeling: firm
2. Complete Sleeprrr Memory Foam
- Contoured, adjustable height
- Good for side & back sleepers
- Material: Memory Foam
How often do you replace your Chiropractic Pillow?
A: Generally it ranges from every 2-3 years!
Signs that it is time to replace your pillow:
- You will start to notice it losing its shape or it doesn’t ‘bounce back’
- This is for support reasons, but also for hygiene purposes!