Pillow Talk: Is Your Pillow Damaging Your Health?
Apex Clinic founder and spinal & headache physiotherapy specialist, Rebecca Nelson discusses her own orthopaedic pillow collection, the Apex Sleepwell Pillow range, designed to reduce and prevent neck pain and headaches/ migraines.
Is your pillow damaging your health?
Sleeping on the wrong pillow can mean much more than just a bad night’s sleep. For over 20 years, I have been treating patients with a wide range of neck and shoulder pain, as well as headaches and migraines. At Apex Clinic, we have witnessed the long-lasting damage that poor pillows can cause to the neck joints. Pillows which are too soft or flat can lead to a range of problems including chronic neck, shoulder and arm pain, stiffness, pins and needles or numbness in the hands and arms, painful headaches and migraines, and even vertigo or dizziness.
Fighting the war on poor pillows
To combat the effect that poor pillows have on health, The Apex Sleepwell Pillow is our own range of orthopaedic pillows, uniquely designed in thickness and firmness to match individual needs of sleepers, according to their build. Each pillow has been technologically innovated to include a latex high-density core, which unlike other pillow products on the market, runs throughout the pillow’s entire width. It is this central core which offers the precise level of support to ensure the optimum sleeping position for a healthy neck.
Prevention is better than the cure
At Apex Clinic, we firmly believe that prevention is always better than the cure, which is why choosing the correct pillow now is vital to preventing the onset of problems, later in life. Sleeping on a pillow which is inadequate causes the neck joints to be compressed and placed under excessive load by the weight of the head. When lying down, the optimum neck position can be achieved by lifting the head very slightly to an angle of between 30 to 45°. This allows the neck joints to open up and is physiologically the best sleeping position for your neck and spine.
Size matters when choosing your pillow
When it comes to choosing your pillow, size definitely matters. It should fit your body shape and size to ensure your neck is in the best position while you sleep. This is why our range includes an Apex Sleepwell Pillow for everyone, including children, teens, light-build adults, average-sized people and larger builds. The collection even includes a travel sized pillow, perfect for popping in your suitcase, for a pain-free night’s sleep while on holidays.
Five star reviews for the Apex Sleepwell Pillow
“Goodbye marshmallow pillows! I have always liked ‘marshmallow type’ pillows so when I was recommended the Apex pillow to help a painful shoulder at night, I was not at all keen. I thought it would be hard, thus uncomfortable. However, in desperation I decided to give it a go and to my amazement I had my first good night’s sleep in ages. I have had the Apex pillow for well over a year now and can honestly say it has made a real difference to my neck and shoulder. Definitely money well spent.” Julie Handley, Belfast.
Get on the road to recovery with the Apex Sleepwell Pillow
It is amazing how quickly a simple change of pillow can put people on the road to recovery from headaches, migraines, neck pain and stiffness, or pain in the shoulders and arms. To purchase an Apex Sleepwell Pillow, please call Apex Clinic on 028 9048 4153 or alternatively pop into our Belfast clinic in the Stormont area of Belfast.