Cervical pillow benefits: what they are and how to get them
The benefits obtained by using a cervical pillow are innumerable and not necessarily linked to cervical pain. Using the pillow can also have a preventative effect. Neck pain, commonly known as neck pain, is a problem that affects many people at different stages of life. Long hours spent in front of the computer, bad postural habits and stress can contribute to this annoying discomfort that limits our quality of life. Fortunately, there are numerous remedies, both natural and instrumental, that can help relieve neck pain effectively. Before delving into specific topics, it is always good practice to never underestimate the problem and to be aware that a correct diagnosis made by a professional in the sector, whether a trusted doctor or physiotherapist, is the right starting point for resolving the pain.
So what are the benefits?
The answer could lie entirely in a return to normality. In fact, case studies in hand, 99.9% of the population is not born with cervical pain, this is a problem that is encountered in the journey of life for various reasons which may be linked to traumatic events or to bad habits acquired in posture or positions forced by type of work and much more.
To go back in time in a healthy way we can use various expedients:
- Stretching exercises and postural gymnastics : one of the main causes of neck pain is muscle tension and bad posture. Targeted stretching exercises and postural exercises can help relax the muscles of the neck and shoulders, improving flexibility and promoting correct posture. Examples of exercises include slightly tilting the head from side to side, tilting the ear towards the shoulder, and rotating the head. Remember to perform the exercises delicately and never force the movements. Daily consistency of exercises will help your neck a lot.
- Massage and Self-Massage : Massages can also be extremely beneficial for relieving muscle tension in the neck and shoulders. You can use a professional massage or practice self-massage using your fingertips or a tennis ball. Gently work into sore spots, applying light pressure to relieve tension. Here too, consistency plays a very important role, as remedies always take time to have their effects.
- Application of Heat or Cold : Application of heat or cold can provide immediate relief from neck pain. You can use a hot water bottle or a cold compress wrapped in a thin cloth. Alternating between heat and cold can help reduce inflammation and muscle tension.
- Essential Oils : Essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint have calming and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix a few drops of essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and gently massage the sore area for natural relief.
- Yoga and Pilates : Yoga and Pilates are disciplines that focus on flexibility, strength and body awareness. Yoga practices such as deep relaxation and gentle postures can help lengthen and relax the neck muscles, thus reducing muscle tension.
- Adopting a Correct Posture : maintaining a correct posture during daily activities is essential to prevent and relieve neck pain. Raise your computer screen so it's at eye level, adjust the height of your chair so your feet can rest flat on the ground, and keep your shoulders relaxed as you walk.
But it is during the night that the magic happens. On average we spend 8 hours a day sleeping, a very long time of inactivity or rather of non-continuous activity. If we take the example from before in walking, we certainly don't walk for 8 hours a day nor do we spend 8 hours of work always in front of the PC, in those eight hours there are breaks for lunch and to stretch etc.
Sleep, with the exception of some cases of insomnia, is a long and continuous activity and without realizing it becomes the cornerstone of our entire physical health. This is where our cervical pillow comes into play which has the function of rebalancing the posture by supporting the head and neck, filling the natural space of the curvature of the latter with a wave of material, to align the part of the cervical spine with the rest of the column itself. Also on the Pubmed site (National Library of Medicine) we find an interesting article that talks about the benefits to the neck and neck of the introduction of a pillow made of visco-elastic material (memory foam). In 90% of our customers we have seen immediate benefits from the first nights, which is why we have defined it as the magic of the night. For the remaining 10% more time is needed, let's not forget that we are always talking about a postural cushion and that changing habits is sometimes more tiring than usual but with a little patience you will have the same results and consequently the same benefits.
Dealing with neck pain naturally requires consistency and patience, but the results can be remarkable. The adoption of these natural remedies together with a healthy, active lifestyle and the use of a cervical pillow can help reduce the frequency and intensity of cervical pain. However, if the pain persists or worsens, it is always advisable to consult a doctor for an appropriate evaluation. Have a good rest everyone!