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What Is a Cervical Pillow?

A cervical pillow is a specially designed pillow that is recommended for use for patients who have orthopedic needs. This kind of pillow is meant to provide support to the neck area when a person in lying down or in a reclining position. Neck problems and back problems may arise due to incorrect spacing between the neck and the pillow or the bed. The angle also has some impact in this regard. Depending on the preferred position of the patient, a cervical pillow is chosen to correct his problems.

There are many kinds of cervical pillows. In fact, they come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the most common kinds of cervical pillows are cylindrical, triangular, and wave-shaped or S-shaped. You can even find cervical pillows that are square or circular. Today, one can purchase ready-made cervical pillows easily. This was made possible due to the invention of memory foam, which is flexible foam rubber material that has many layers. Cervical pillows made of memory foam conform to the needs of the user, so that the pillows do not need to be custom made for each patient. People who have experienced the benefits of cervical pillows made of memory foam can thank Thad B. McCarty for inventing the material.

While cervical pillows are probably most often used to simply alleviate muscle tension and tightness due to improper sleeping positions, these pillows can also be used to help patients who are recovering from injuries and conditions such as whiplash, arthritis, upper back pain, and so on.

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