Choosing the right pillow: Avoid neck pain and headaches.
Choosing the right pillow can have a greater effect on the quality of life than you can imagine, because choosing the right pillow can reduce the chance of headaches and neck pain. That sounds almost too good to be true, but this has been confirmed by good research studies comparing conventional pillows, cervical head pads, tempura pillows and latex pillows.
The test winner seen below made a significant positive change when it came to reported improved sleep quality, neck pain, headaches and down pain.
Test winner - Latex pillow (from Simmons). (Click here)
Does it work? Ja, the evidence from several good studies (Grimmer-Sommers 2009, Gordon 2010) is clear: Cervical ergonomic pillow of latex is there Best you can rest your head on to Reduce neck pain, shoulder / arm pain, as well as better sleep quality and comfort. Learn more by tapping the image of the pad above or by tapping here (in Danish). The link is to Amazon - which is a cheaper but equally good alternative to buying this type of pillow.
This concludes the studies when it comes to proper pillow use:
... "This study provides evidence to support recommendation of rubber pillows in the management of waking cervical pain, and to improve sleep quality and pillow comfort. » … - Grimmer-Sommers 2009: J Man Ther. 2009 Dec;14(6):671-8.
... "Latex pillows can be recommended over any other type for control of waking headache and scapular / arm pain.»… - Gordon 2010: Pillow use: the behavior of cervical stiffness, headache and scapular / arm pain. J Pain Res. 2010 Aug 11;3:137-45.
A good pillow is a great investment, especially considering how many hours we spend with our heads resting on such a one - then it is important that it is good quality, which in turn will lead to better quality of life due to better sleep patterns and hence more energy. We have personally tested the above pillow, and the results did not wait. Definitely recommended from our edge.
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What can I do even for muscle and joint pain?
1. General exercise, specific exercise, stretching and activity are recommended, but stay within the pain limit. Two walks a day of 20-40 minutes make good for the whole body and sore muscles.
2. Trigger point / massage balls we strongly recommend - they come in different sizes so you can hit well even on all parts of the body. There is no better self help than this! We recommend the following (click the image below) - which is a complete set of 5 trigger point / massage balls in different sizes:
3. Training: Specific training with training tricks of various opponents (such as this complete set of 6 knits of different resistance) can help you train strength and function. Knit training often involves more specific training, which in turn can lead to more effective injury prevention and pain reduction.
4. Pain Relief - Cooling: Biofreeze is a natural product that can relieve pain by cooling the area gently. Cooling is especially recommended when the pain is very severe. When they have calmed down then heat treatment is recommended - it is therefore advisable to have both cooling and heating available.
5. Pain Relief - Heating: Warming up tight muscles can increase blood circulation and reduce pain. We recommend the following reusable hot / cold gasket (click here to read more about it) - which can be used both for cooling (can be frozen) and for heating (can be heated in the microwave).
Recommended products for pain relief for muscle and joint pain
Biofreeze (Cold / cryotherapy)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Which pillow is best for testing?
Answer: If you think of musculoskeletal problems, then it is as mentioned above latex pillowswhich is some of the better you can use according to research.
Q: Pillow for sore shoulders? Is there?
Answer: As the above conclusion was in the study by Gordon et al (2010), latex pillows may help relieve scapular pain and arm pain. So yes, there are. Click the link above to read more latex pillows.
Q: Recommended pillow against sore neck?
Answer: As the above conclusion was in the study by Grimmer-Sommers et al (2009), latex pillows can help alleviate cervical pain, as well as improve sleep quality and pillow comfort.
- Approximately the same question with the same answer: "Recommended pillow for sore neck?", "Pillow for sore neck?"
Q: Buy latex pillow in Norway?
Answer: It is virtually impossible to buy latex pillow in Norway (at least at the time of writing). One of the reasons for this may be that one is not aware of the evidence that appears to support its use. Print here (in Danish) to check out the recommended pillow we found online. They ship to Norway.