Back shoulder pain sleeping pillow



by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

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Patients with back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain may find a comfortable pillow to be very helpful.

A pillow has two main functions:

• Supportive pillows prop up the head, neck and shoulders
• Comfortable pillows aid in getting a good night’s sleep and helping a person to feel well rested.

Ideally, a pillow should serve both functions.

The human neck curves slightly forward. This is called "lordosis." It’s important to maintain this curve at rest. If the pillow is too high, the neck is stressed, causing muscle strain on the back of the neck and shoulders. This type of position may also narrow the airway, resulting in obstructed breathing and snoring, which can adversely affect sleep. Conversely, if the the pillow is too low, the neck muscles can also be strained due to lack of support.

A large part of what makes a good pillow is personal preference. A well-fitted pillow will mold to an individual's shape.

When lying on the back, a pillow should support the lordosis of the cervical spine as well as the head and shoulders.

When lying on one’s side, a pillow should support the head and neck so the spine maintains a horizontal line. Weight should be evenly distributed. Some people place a small pillow under their waist for additional support.

For people who lie on their stomach, the pillow should be relatively flat so that the head and neck aren’t turned stressed to either side. In this position, one can place another flat pillow under the stomach to help the spine maintain its normal alignment.


Over time, pillows lose their firmness and no longer support the neck. They should be replaced.

Some specialty pillows are designed to cradle the head and provide a gentle traction on the neck. This type of pillow is often useful for people with neck arthritis, particularly if they have severe pain radiating into the shoulder area or into the area between the shoulder blades.





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