Friday, July 8, 2011

Pillow talk.

Pillows are our support system for our necks for approximately 8 hours while we sleep and it is important to make sure our necks are getting the correct support.
I often get asked “what pillow should I sleep on?”, this is a difficult one because we all require different needs, soft to hard pillows, sleeping position also can depend on what pillow would suit you. Many people sleep on feather pillows that offer no support, if your pillow can shift shape and density when your head lands on it, then you are not getting any support and this will lead to muscle spasms, aches and headaches.

My best advice would be to ensure that you get:
·         a pillow that has an even consistency that doesn’t alter with any weight on it

·         ensure that there is adequate support for the neck, such that if you are lying on your side your neck in a neutral position and not tilted up or down, and if you are lying on your back the neck is supported nicely to prevent spasm

·         I prefer patients having one pillow that offers all the support needed, once there are multiple pillows being used, it makes it easier for them to move and again alter the support

There are many chiropractic and orthopaedic endorsed pillows on the market, shop around, ask to test a demo and find the pillow that offers you the best nights rest with the best support. Remember it might take some time to get use to the pillow so expect some awkwardness at first while the neck gets use to the proper support.

Happy sleeping!

Contact details:
Dr Angela Pasteilledes
96 Brand Road (inside TAP Kruger)
Tel: 031 201 1442
Cell: 083 233 1187

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