The Different Types of Orthopedic Pillows
By Mark Perry
The orthopedic pillows are special pillows that help correct the body position while sleeping. The pillows follow orthopedic guidelines to ensure proper and correct support to the different parts of the body. It also helps in alleviating sleep for people with medical conditions. These come in either foam or fiber. There is currently a pillow called the memory foam pillow which can take the form of the body when being used but eventually returns back to its natural shape as a pillow.
There are different kinds of orthopedic pillows specifically made for the different parts of the body.
• The body orthopedic pillow is that kind which is almost the size of the body length of the person. It supports the whole body especially if the person sleeps sideways.
• The neck pillow is shaped like a horse shoe and fits just right for the neck. This keeps the neck from tilting backwards too much. It is used mostly by travelers who sit most of the time and by people who suffer from neck pain.
• The wedge pillow is shaped like a triangle and is used for sleeping in a diagonal position.
• The cervical pillow has a curved design that would support the neck, shoulders and the head.
This is usually used by people who sleep on the back or sideways position. This keeps the neck correctly aligned with the spine for better sleep.
• The lumbar pillow supports the lower back and is used while the person is in a sitting position.
• The donut pillow is usually round but with an empty space or a hole in the middle. It is used by a person who is suffering from hemorrhoids and some colon problems.
• The memory foam pillow is shaped similar to a square chair cushion which helps relieve back pain.
• The quad cushion is another kind of memory foam pillow which is usually used by pregnant women. It is placed between the thighs and knees. It helps relief back pain and helps in having a good sleep.
The orthopedic pillows are noted for their beneficial uses to people who have some medical conditions, sleeping problems, snoring problems and other health problems that require their uses. These pillows provide the necessary comfort to provide good sleep. Most of the orthopedic pillows conform to the targeted body parts and alleviate pressure points from these body areas. These are adjustable enough to satisfy the sleeping position of the person and provide the correct support to the neck and spine areas.
The orthopedic pillows can be used for as long as two years. But, if time and tear has affected the appearance, firmness, shape and the supportive functions of the pillows, then these should be replaced with new ones to continue the benefits that you get from them.