Osteochondrosis is a widespread disease, especially among people over 50 years of age. The essence of this pathology lies in degenerative-dystrophic changes in the region of the vertebrae and the intervertebral discs located between them. Most often, this disease affects the cervical spine, which from a clinical point of view is manifested by pain in the neck. In this article we will talk about the choice of orthopedic neck pillows for osteochondrosis.
The main advantages of orthopedic pillows
As we have already said, cervical osteochondrosis is accompanied by pain in the neck. In this regard, most people with this disease find it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position, as a result of which they do not get enough sleep, feel overwhelmed and tired during the day. An orthopedic pillow will help to cope with this problem.
The main plus of orthopedic pillows is that they provide the correct position of the neck-shoulder region, as well as the head during sleep, which helps to alleviate pain. When using such a pillow, the muscles of the neck and back relax, the load on the spinal column is reduced, the vessels and nerves are not clamped, which contributes to a better flow of blood to the brain.
In 2014, scientists from the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency published a paper, the results of which established the feasibility of using this product for cervical osteochondrosis.
Note that the use of an orthopedic pillow will not replace medical treatment and exercise therapy, but it can significantly increase their effectiveness.
As for the disadvantages, orthopedic pillows are quite hard, which is why it may take time to get used to it.
Types of orthopedic pillows
First of all, orthopedic pillows differ in shape. They are in the form:
- roller — is considered the most versatile;
- crescent — most convenient for people suffering from pain not only in the neck, but also in the shoulders;
- rectangle — can also be used by different groups of people, and so on.
Separately, pillows with a relief surface that has a massage effect are distinguished.
In addition, such an orthopedic product may contain various fillers, such as natural latex, soy foam, polyester, and so on.
Features of choosing an orthopedic pillow for cervical osteochondrosis
When choosing an orthopedic pillow, first of all, you should pay attention to its height. The most optimal height for an adult who is used to sleeping on his back is 10–12 centimeters. Using a product that is too high leads to excessive muscle tension and clamping of the vascular structures, too low leads to tilting the head back and, again, to muscle strain.
Another important indicator is the rigidity of the product. Regarding this issue, one should be guided by the recommendations of the doctor, as well as by personal feelings. For people who are used to sleeping on their backs, it is preferable to choose pillows of medium hardness, on the side — hard.