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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.

 

As a National Team Athlete I had a serious injury and was sidelined for over a year. After seeing the Sports Med doctors at UBC they recommended I see Aart. I spent over a year working with Aart and his team. I was very thankful for meeting the team at Main Street Physio as they helped me recover back to 100% and return to playing at the international level. I continue to see Aart who helps me stay healthy and keeps me in the game! I recommend this clinic and the team of professionals who help make it a great place, to anyone who is looking for any physiotherapy needs!

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