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Many people will wake up with a stiff and painful neck but often after some stretching the pain eases and you are able to carry on with your day. Sometimes, however, the pain is more severe and can have a bigger impact on your life. These conditions are often best treated by a medical professional, but many doctors will recommend you invest in a cervical pillow, like Elite Rest’s Memory Contour Pillow. We explore one of these conditions below and provide you with some options for quality cervical pillows.

Lordosis: The meaning and the symptoms

Hypolordosis is a medical term that refers to the straightening of the cervical curve. It is also known as “military neck” or “cervical kyphosis”. The neck consists of 7 cervical vertebrae and when you look at a person’s spine from the side you will notice that it makes a C-like shape. This curve is referred to as the lordotic curve or lordosis. The spine is this shape for a reason, it helps to provide both stability and muscle balance for your neck. The shape is flexible which helps it to support the weight of the head while still ensuring flexibility.

The condition referred to as military neck occurs when the cervical spine is straight instead of the normal curve. There are solutions available that will help in the correcting of the neck curve and it is advisable that you look for these solutions. Investing in a cervical pillow is one such solution.

Often a reason for the straightening is due to poor neck posture which you repeat for extended periods of time. Another reason could be that the pillow you are sleeping on does not offer proper support or is too high.

Cervical Pillows: The benefits

A cervical pillow is a therapeutic pillow that has been specifically designed to make sure you neck is in the neutral aligned position and that your head is lifted to the right height when you are sleeping. Cervical pillows are generally designed for back or side sleepers because sleeping on your stomach is not advisable, especially if you are suffering from a condition like military neck.

A quality cervical pillow will also help your neck to stay in the optimal lordotic curve which is the optimal position. While support is essential in a pillow, it does have to also be comfortable to ensure you have the type of sleep that is restorative.

Cervical pillows will relieve.

  • Painful neck muscles
  • Joint stains
  • Neck stiffness
  • Neck arthritis
  • Whiplash
  • Neck spinal stenosis
  • Tension headaches

A good quality cervical pillow will do the following.

  • Help to ensure you get quality, pain-free sleep all through the night.
  • Ensure proper alignment and a good sleeping posture.
  • Your shoulder muscles will be stretched gently while your neck is supported.
  • Aligns your spine and in turn this will allow healing from cervical disc injuries and degeneration
  • Air passages will be kept open so snoring will be reduced.

In short, if you are suffering from one of the above conditions, investing in a cervical pillow will be life changing and improve your quality of sleep dramatically. If your pain continues, it is advisable to seek medical advice.

The Best Cervical Pillows

Ecogreen Cervical Neck Pillow

A Cervical Lordosis Pillow is about more than just luxury and comfort, they are also about alignment and support, allowing you to sleep soundly.

Soothe your neck pain away with this traction device. If you are suffering from headaches, jaw joint pain or a herniated disc, then this is the best pillow. Not only is it easy to use but it will fix your posture by correctly aligning your spine. When you lay your head on this pillow it cradles your neck, removing the weight and the pressure of your head which corrects spinal alignment. The advantage of this pillow is that it can be used while you are sitting up in bed, watching TV, working, or even driving, it will be supporting your neck wherever you are. A mere 15 minutes a day can make a massive difference in your neck pain

 A Cervical Lordosis Pillow is about more than just luxury and comfort, they are also about alignment and support, allowing you to sleep soundly

Your neck pain will be a thing of the past when you add this memory foam pillow to your bed. When this pillow was designed it was done with neck support in mind. As you lay your head on this pillow it will provide alignment and support, this causes your muscles to relax which results in you relaxing and falling asleep faster. The contours of this pillow fit perfectly under your neck and both side and back sleepers will find this pillow offers them the exact support they need. Neck pain will be eased away with this pillow and waking up in pain will be a thing of the past.

A Cervical Lordosis Pillow is about more than just luxury and comfort, they are also about alignment and support, allowing you to sleep soundly.

A few nights sleeping on this pillow and you will wonder how you ever managed to sleep without it. It offers you a natural pain relief solution that is made from quality memory foam and is ideal for both back and side sleepers. The unique design of this pillow means your head is cradled and in doing so neck and shoulder pain is alleviated. The slope of the design will prevent your head from rolling around and the cut out gives your top arm a supportive place to rest. This pillow is made from a 60 density high quality memory foam, making it a medium-firmness and while it might take you some time to get used to this pillow, the relief it will offer is unparalleled and life changing.

 A Cervical Lordosis Pillow is about more than just luxury and comfort, they are also about alignment and support, allowing you to sleep soundly.

​This is one of a few cervical pillows that can work for stomach sleepers. That said it is not advisable to continue sleeping on your stomach if you are experiencing severe neck pain. With this pillow you will get the perfect combination of comfort and support. You will receive therapeutic support while sleeping on a luxurious pillow that is breathable and will keep you cool all through the night. The ergonomic design of this pillow means that your head, neck, shoulders and back will be supported while you sleep. You will wake up feeling refreshed and pain-free. Like the other pillows, allow yourself some time to get used to sleeping on this pillow, it will be worth it.

A Cervical Lordosis Pillow is about more than just luxury and comfort, they are also about alignment and support, allowing you to sleep soundly.

A chiropractor was involved in the design of this pillow so you can be assured that you will sleep pain-free and wake up ready to take on the day every morning. When you lay your head on this pillow, your weight will be distributed, and it will support the head and neck. This will also result in less tossing and turning through the night allowing you to fall deeply asleep and stay asleep all night long. This orthopedic pillow has been specifically designed, by a chiropractor, to relieve your neck and back pain. Made from quality memory foam, this pillow uses your body’s heat to conform to your head and neck, ensuring you receive the right support for your body.

If you have been diagnosed with military neck, buying one of these cervical pillows will change how you sleep, relieving your pain dramatically. Memory foam pillows are often your best option but it is important to look for orthopedic pillows, like the Elite Rest Memory Foam pillow, that have been specifically designed to offer you the support you need.