The majority of all adults and an increasing number of children and adolescents suffer from tension – especially in the neck-shoulder area. Biomechanical stress or an incorrect posture is often considered the cause. However, stress can also be a trigger for unpleasant tension. It is mostly perceptible in the neck and shoulder area.
The consequences of tension range from pain in the neck area to a stiff neck, shoulder and back problems. If stress is the trigger, then it is important to reduce or preferably avoid it altogether. However, under certain circumstances this may not be possible. Particularly in this day and age, when everyone is rushing from one appointment to the next, stress reduction is a huge challenge. However, the right pillow can help – at least in terms of neck pain.
Finding the right pillow
Neck pain can be prevented with the right pillow. However, if the pillow is not suitable anatomically and orthopaedically, the first tensions are already built up during sleep. And these can be intensified by stress.
Pain is generally always a signal from the body that something is wrong. However, pain in the shoulder and neck area does not necessarily have to be caused by tension. Rheumatic diseases can also be the cause.
Specific treatment of tensions
If an organic cause can be excluded, there are various ways to treat the pain. Systematic muscle building, physiotherapy, ultrasound treatments, acupuncture, but also the right pillow will help.
Healthy sleep is also considered an important support. An anatomically and orthopaedically correct lying position plays a central role when it comes to preventive measures against neck and back problems. During the day, incorrect posture can hardly be avoided, and neither can long periods of sitting. It is therefore all the more important to ensure the necessary regeneration of the stressed back and neck areas at night. Ergonomically shaped pillows, preferably made of natural materials such as organic sheep’s wool, ideally support the regeneration effect. Virgin wool contributes to a dry and warm bed climate. Excessive sweating, especially in the sensitive head and neck area, is prevented. Possible painful tensions or chills in the neck area caused by cold draughts can be reduced.
With the right pillow, tension can also be specifically prevented depending on the position. Vice versa however, the wrong pillow can additionally increase neck pain. If the spinal column is bent in the neck area, this can be painful for the person concerned. It is therefore important to choose a pillow that is suitable for the type of sleeper. Belly sleepers have different pillow requirements than classic back or side sleepers.
Tips for the prevention of neck pain
- choose a suitable pillow
- orthopaedic sleeping system for ideal positioning of the sensitive back and neck areas
- exercise, exercise, exercise
- avoid sitting for long periods or allow for repeated periods of movement
- reduce or avoid stress
- targeted strengthening of back muscles (in consultation with a doctor or physiotherapist)