What Is The Neck Roll Of A Pillow?

What Is The Neck Roll Of A Pillow?

Dec 01, 2023

It is the “Roll” that makes it a “Neck Pillow”… Neck Roll.

A neck pillow is simply a regular pillow that gives your neck that needed support.

Some other common names are a Chiropractic Pillow, Cervical Pillow, and Orthopedic Pillow.

It is often called a Chiropractic pillow because Chiropractors are all about spinal alignment.

It’s called a Cervical pillow because it supports your neck or Cervical spine.

Orthopaedists are all about the spine and other bones, hence the name “orthopaedic pillow”.

There you go…

The most important aspect of any neck pillow is the “neck roll”, keeping your alignment while on your back and side.

When on your side, it keeps the spine level.

When you are on your back, it helps to put that neck curve back.
That being said – your pillow can still look like a “pillow”.

I say this because I’ve seen some real funky-looking pillows…

But, the most important thing is that it does its job and is comfortable.
For most, this also means you sleep well.

Many people also want to see their posture improve.
So, your posture will improve as you align the spine.

When we do this, a common byproduct is symptom relief.

As we improve posture (in other words- align the spine), we take the pressure off of nerves, and all sorts of good things happen.

One of the more common postural misalignments is a forward head carriage.
This is when the head juts out forward.

If you look at someone from the side, the ear lines up with the front of the shoulder.
If their shoulders are significantly rolled forward, adjust for that.

Now, often when the head is forward, the normal “C” curve is often lessened.
In fact, some develop a military neck (or straight neck).
So what can one do to fix this issue?

First, you can see a doctor of Chiropractic.

They can send you for or take a lateral X-ray.

This will show you the curve; they may also adjust, give you exercises, and do neck traction.

They may also recommend you a neck pillow.

This is something I would definitely do, as you are correcting spinal alignment while you sleep.

You can also do home traction as well as stretches and exercises.

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A couple of good exercises might be head retractions and head extensions.

Lastly, you can lay on a neck roll (or your neck pillow) periodically during the day, for alignment.

I have a video on YouTube where I demonstrate using a neck roll.

It is also called the Neck stabilizing pillow…

Does A Neck Pillow Really Work?

While so people might feel sceptical that a neck pillow really does work.
They think this is too simple, ‘why am I feeling sore in the neck region?’

You may feel better and sleep better with a neck pillow.

We have all at one time or the other woken up with a sore or stiff neck and it’s no fun, you usually have to deal with the pain for the best part of the day, some people even longer.

This is because you have found yourself in an awkward position, where your body has found itself in a position during sleep where it’s not naturally good for your spine and nerves.

And being asleep, there you are bound to stay like this for hours before you move and there you are…

Waking up with a stiff neck.

So if you are prone to getting yourself in these positions regularly then a cervical pillow is most probably for you.

I am not saying that you have to use it all the time, you can go back to your regular pillow.

But if you do find yourself with a stiff neck, get out the support pillow and this makes sure you are going to help straighten your neck and get rid of that pain a lot faster with a neck roll.