Best Pillows for Neck Pain
As with so many things, when it comes to neck pain, prevention is better than cure. It’s true that some causes of neck pain, such as age-related diseases or accidents, are not under your control. On the other hand, there are many things you can do to minimize your risk. One place to start is to look at how you sleep and what effect this may have on your neck pain.
If you are waking up to neck pain, headaches, migraines, shoulder strains, and pins and needle/ numbness… AND you didn’t go to bed with this pain… then something has gone terribly wrong in the 6 to 8 hours you spent in bed! An enVy neck therapy pillow can stop this from happening.
Neck Alignment is Essential
For good neck comfort and sleep quality, the significance of your pillow hard to underestimate. During sleep, your neck and muscles should rest.
If your pillow is too high and too stiff, it will keep your neck flexed overnight and can result in morning pain and muscle tension within your neck, arms and shoulders.
Similarly, you are also at risk for painful and strained neck muscles if your pillow is too low.
The worth position for the spine health is to sleep on your stomach with your neck turned to the side. It leads to a massive overload of the muscular system, tension and neck pain. Sleeping on your stomach should be avoided mostly by people with problems related to the neck.
While sleeping on your back or side without a pillow, your cervical spine and muscles don’t rest. On the contrary, it remains in tension. The muscle structure, ligament system and intervertebral joints are overloaded. The natural, physiological curve of your neck is not supported when lying on your back.
During sleep, the back will tend to straighten up, and at this point, the muscles and ligaments will stretch.
It is even worse when lying on your side without a pillow, your back arches to the bed. Sleeping on your side without support for your head: you cause large compression to the bending side of the neck, on the side you lay on, and on the opposite side to an extensive stretch and muscle tension.
What is the Best Pillow for Neck Support?
Being tired after a long working day, we often dream only about our pillows. Still, simultaneously we forget that it needs to be replaced after some time with a new one. If you wake up with pain and stiffness in your neck, feeling painful tension in the shoulders, numbness and tingling in the hands… this is a signal to look at your bed in daylight and when you are not sleepy.
If your pillow is too high and too firm, it will raise your head and straighten the spine, causing pain and stiffness of your neck. If your pillow is too low and too soft, it can similarly lead to muscular tensions within your neck, arms and shoulders.
Ask yourself a question: when did you replace your pillows last time? Do your pillows offer correct neck and back alignment? Is your mattress not too soft or not too firm?
The purpose of a pillow is to support your head and neck in proper alignment correctly and to reduce muscle tensions. The best solution may be just to try a new pillow that keeps your cervical spine in neutral alignment, meaning, the natural curve of your neck is supported and maintained in any position: on your back and your side.
How Pillows for Neck Pain Work?
An orthopaedic pillow is a wellness pillow designed to ensure the right placement and support of the head and natural curve of the neck and to correct spine positioning in bed to provide safe and healthy rest to the sleeper.
An orthopaedic pillow is also known as a contoured pillow, therapeutic pillow, cervical pillow or neck support pillow. It’s probably safe to say that all of us may use a therapeutic pillow.
The best way to prevent morning stiffness and pain is to have your neck supported as you sleep.
Choose a well-made mattress to keep your spine in a neutral position.
Sleeping on a Pillow Without Proper Support
FACT: As you fall asleep and lose consciousness, your neck muscles relax, and the natural neck arch is no longer supported. This position reinforces the unwanted forward-leaning and straightening the C-Spine (red line).
RESULT: Chronic tight muscles, morning pain and stiffness in neck and shoulders, reinforcement of poor posture, and long term health issues.
Sleeping on a Pillow With the Recommended Support
FACT: Your “bed” posture should be similar to your “standing” posture. Posture correction is especially important if you spend much of your awaken hours leaning forward over a computer or desk, as this reinforces this poor forward posture. Correction at night is essential for your wellbeing.
RESULT: An in-depth healing restorative Beauty Sleep and a pain-free morning.
How is the enVy Pillow Better Pillow for Neck Pain?
“Even the Nights are Better on enVy”~ Erin Davis, Radio Show Host CHFI 98.1 and long term neck pain sufferer
Ergonomic Sloped Sides
The perfectly engineered ergonomic sloped sides cradle your head into the centre of the enVy Pillow. When you sleep on your BACK, sleep experts recommend that the pillow aligns ears, shoulders, and hips in a straight line, relatively parallel to your mattress.
NOTE: A small pillow under the back of your knees is highly recommended and will decrease stress on your back and support the natural curve in your lower back. We designed the enVy Pillow with this in mind. The foam thickness at the centre (V Spot) of the enVy Pillow is less than 4 cm to facilitate the perfect alignment.
When turning to your SIDE, slope sides cradle your head into a subtle tilt off your jaw and away from the pillow.
Side sleepers will feel the perfect neck support.
This form is also ideal for TMJ sufferers as well as those recovering from facial rejuvenation, facelifts, laser, IPL or just the avoidance of sleep wrinkles.
Additionally, the patented memory foam pillow has a strategic “scooped out” back which reinforces a head cradling effect.
THE V SPOT
The Sweet Spot
Improves circulation by distributing weight and reducing pressure points. Besides, the “bumps” enable air circulation to improve breathability and your overall comfort.
Unique Patented STEPPING STONE Design
Each enVy Pillow comes equipped with two levels of support. This system called the “STEPPING STONE”.
No one is immune to Tech Neck (Forward Head Posture). You may choose to adjust to the smaller level of support initially before advancing to the larger therapeutic help, simply by spinning the pillow to the opposite side.
The “STEPPING STONE” design helps to “work up” to the optimal therapeutic support so that neck aligned entirely.
Most of smartphone and computer users bend their head for long hours every day. The human head weighs about 4-5 kilograms. The load on the cervical spine significantly increases with the bend of the head. Between a 45 degree angle and a 60-degree angle, it’s 20 or even 30kg. When the spine is suffering from a “tech neck”, we need to regenerate the spine, exercise properly and sleep in the correct position.
Unforgettable Memory Foam
Memory foams have been on the market for more than a decade and considered to be the best choice for comfortable support due to its moulded shape. The enVy Pillow made with Canadian Unforgettable Memory Foam which doesn’t become firm in cold temperatures… even below freezing.
Covers and sizes
Every pillow comes with a soft, machine washable cover. Best covers made of 100% bamboo, 100% mulberry silk or Tencel material. These pillow cases are 3x more breathable and softer to the skin. No more bedhead 🙂
The pillow is available in three sizes– standard, travel and for kids.
How Does the EnVy Pillow Help?
If you are a Back Sleeper
The memory foam cradles your head and gently applies sleep-inducing subtle traction on your neck.
The patented gull wings shape and the bottom indentation adds head and neck security that prevents unwanted rotation. This form is especially important for those recovering from a neck injury and strain.
The State of the Art LuxFeel Memory Foam creates a weightless sensation which significantly decreases tossing and turning. Many of our clients have reported much less tossing and turning on the first night.
If you are a Side Sleeper
The enVy Pillow tilts your face away from the pillow and relieves undue pressure on skin and jaw and off your shoulder.
Our memory foam pillow facilitates less pressure on the bottom of your shoulder. Chiropractors recommend this pillow to their clients with shoulder injuries, chronic pain, and the numbness/pins and needles that people often experience while side sleeping. Shoulder problems are also usually caused by referred pain from the neck. Therefore, stabilizing the neck during sleep is of paramount importance. Toronto Chiropractor, Dr Tracy Kish recommends enVy for all her “shoulder pain” patients.