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Chiropractic Pillow Talk

By Sara Butler

The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic get asked a lot of things, but one of the most popular topics is pillows. There’s no doubt that the pillow you choose has a big impact on the health of your spine. That’s why it’s really important to choose a pillow that provides the right support for your neck. There’s not just one type of pillow chiropractors recommend, but there are some guidelines you can use to choose the pillow that is right for you.

If You’re a Back Sleeper

Back sleepers need a pillow that will keep their head in alignment with their spine but offer neck support. Back sleeping is an ideal position for your back, but also utilize pillows under your knees in order to help take some of the pressure off your lower back. Make sure your pillow is not causing your head to tilt up – there should be a straight line from your hips to the top of your head.

If You’re a Side Sleeper

Side sleeping isn’t a bad position for your spine, but it does require a different sort of pillow. You want a pillow with a little bit of density and height that matches the distance between your shoulder and ear to keep your head in the right position. This may require some trial and error in choosing your pillow because it may need to be a bit denser than you think!

Also, take the pressure off your hips and keep your spine neutral by placing a pillow between your knees when you sleep on your side.

If You’re a Stomach Sleeper

If you’re a stomach sleeper there’s one caveat: it’s terrible for your spine. You should really work to change your preferred position to your back or side because there’s no pillow that will help to diffuse what you’re putting your spine through each night. Having your head turned to one side all night is a terrible position that doesn’t keep your spine neutral. Talk to your chiropractor about breaking the habit.

If You’re a Combination Sleeper

People rarely spend all night in just one sleeping position. If you fall into the category where you sleep on your side part of the night but on your back at other times, then finding the right pillow can be tough. You may be able to find a specialty pillow that combines the things you need into one pillow for each position, but it’ll take some shopping around to find one that works to cradle your head on your back but offer support on your side.

A pillow is something you should invest in, so do your research, talk to your chiropractor, and see how to find one that best supports you!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex. 

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