A big part of pain management is relaxation. A pain management doctor may offer a course of treatment that includes stretching exercises, massage therapy, meditation techniques and other treatments that will help you to relax and feel less stressed. Using a special back pain pillow can help you to relax and get a better night’s sleep. There are pillows designed specifically to ease stress on certain areas of the body and provide relief from back pain. Below is some information about great pillows for back pain that are available online and at retail stores and can be an important part of any pain management treatment.
Pillows for back pain aren’t necessarily designed to be used only on the back. There are many different types of therapeutic pillows available that provide back pain relief by targeting specific areas of the body, including:
- Knee pillows: These support pillows are placed between the knees while positioned on your side to keep the spine aligned while sleeping or relaxing.
- Lower back support pillows: Also called “lumbar support” pillows, these are wedged between a chair or car seat and your lumbar vertebrae to help ease the strain on your lower back while you are in a seated position.
- Full body support pillows: A full body pillow allows for support of the knees, lower back and neck without the use of several pillows.
- Neck pillows: Also referred to as cervical or orthopedic pillows, these feature a depression where your head will rest while laying on your back, plus added support under the neck to keep your cervical vertebrae in alignment.
- Donut pillows: These are round pillows with a hole in the center which you sit on in order to alleviate stress on your lower spine and coccyx while your body is in the seated position.
- “U” shaped travel pillows: Pillows shaped like the letter “U” are designed to hold your head up and keep your neck in alignment with the rest of your spine while traveling on an airplane, train or in a motor vehicle.
Using one or a combination of these pillows can provide the support you need to reduce the pain you are experiencing and help you get a good night’s sleep. For details about these or other pillows for back pain, or to schedule an appointment with a back pain specialist at Summa Pain Care, call 623.776.8686 today. Dr. Paul Pannozzo of Summa Pain Care is Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and in the sub-specialty of Pain Medicine. He can provide professional advice on the type of back pain pillow that will provide the most relief and recommend a course of treatment designed alleviate your symptoms and target the specific cause of your pain.
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