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Choosing the right pillow – Pillow theory and ergonomic sleep

Choosing the right pillow – Pillow theory and ergonomic sleep

Posted Feb 4, 2015 by

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Pillows are tricky.

You want a pillow  to fill in all the “spaces” around your neck to keep your head/neck in a neutral position while you sleep (not flexed forward, not rotated or tilted to the side).  If you sleep mostly on your side, it means filling in the distance between your shoulder and head (doesn’t have to be huge, but you don’t want to collapse down toward the bed).  Your neck is narrower than your head, so some squish-ability will allow you to scrunch it up under your neck so there’s a bit more stuff there and a bit less under your head.  I don’t love the contoured pillows.  They don’t seem to fit anybody.  I like a squish- able synthetic or down so you can change the shape to suit you.

Kate Kennedy Physiotherapist at Main Street Physiotherapy Clinic in Vancouver.

 

“I have been treated by Kate Kennedy for about 15 years.  I followed her to Main Street Physio because she is simply the most talented physiotherapist I have had the pleasure of being treated by. She has seen me through a car accident and my recovery, and is very knowledgeable about persistent pain treatment and ongoing issues that arise in a mid-sixties arthritic woman’s body.  Her teaching experience is a great asset in the treatment room as she has up to date information and a vast knowledge base. In addition to physical treatment she has taught me a great deal about my body and about healing, and this has been a source of independence for me.  Her interpersonal skills are amazing which makes the entire experience of healing pain and living with pain much more tolerable. I feel as though I have a partner in my pursuit of wellness.”

~ - H. Lemer. Read More