Orthopedic Pillows for Neck Pain | Do they really work

Neck pain can be a debilitating and frustrating issue to deal with and unfortunately so many of us in one form or another suffer from it. Any sort of discomfort can affect your daily activities and disrupt your sleep. One way to alleviate neck pain is by using an orthopedic pillow. These pillows are designed to provide proper support and alignment for your neck and spine, reducing pain and discomfort. In this article, we will discuss the most popular orthopedic pillows for neck pain.

Orthopedic Memory Foam Pillow

Memory foam pillows are known for their ability to contour to the shape of your head and neck, providing customized support. An orthopedic memory foam pillow takes it a step further by incorporating a contoured design specifically for neck support. This allegedly helps to alleviate pressure points and promote proper spinal alignment. The memory foam is also suppose to help reduce motion transfer, so you won't be disturbed by your partner's movements during the night. While at PineTales we are no fans of memory foam in general, as it tends to sleep hot, some orthopedic memory foam pillow models might just work their magic but it's a hit or miss as with many types of pillows.

If you like a pillow that is just as good as any orthopedic memory foam pillow, and in addition to that fully customizable from a filling perspective, you can try one of our premium buckwheat pillows

Orthopedic Wedge Pillow for Legs

For those who suffer from neck pain, as weird as it may sound, sometimes elevating the legs can also provide relief, as certain types of ailments are rooted in our spine which goes all the way to your lower back. Orthopedic wedge pillows for legs are designed to elevate your legs while you sleep, promoting proper circulation and reducing pressure on your spine.

This can help to alleviate neck pain and improve overall sleep quality. The wedge shape also helps to keep your legs in place, preventing them from slipping off the pillow during the night. Wedge pillows are also a great tool to prevent acid reflux. 

Now obviously these pillows will not work for you, if you are a side sleeper, and for most back sleepers it might take a while to get used to the lifted sleeping position.

Orthopedic Cervical Pillow

The orthopedic cervical pillow is specifically designed to support the natural curve of your neck. It has a dip in the center to cradle your head and neck, while the raised edges provide support for your shoulders. This helps to keep your spine in proper alignment, reducing strain on your neck muscles. Most cervical pillows are also made with breathable materials to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night. Unfortunately since most of these type of pillows are made with cheap memory foam blends, the actual support you get is rather mediocre.

Orthopedic Travel Pillow

Traveling can be a pain, especially for those with neck pain. While there is no such thing as a "real" orthopedic travel pillow, some high end travel cushions are designed to provide support and comfort while on the go.

Again most unfortunately are made of memory foam and have a contoured design to allegedly support your neck and to promote proper alignment of your head and neck. A small/mini size makes this type of pillow easy to pack and take with you on trips, ensuring you have proper support no matter where you go.

We still do recommend a buckwheat travel pillow for everyone who asks us for advice though on what is the best travel type pillow.

Orthopedic Water Pillow

The orthopedic water pillow is a unique option for those with neck pain and the unicorn among orthopedic pillows. It is filled with water, allowing you to adjust the level of support and firmness to your liking. The water also helps to distribute weight evenly, reducing pressure points and promoting proper alignment. This pillow is also hypoallergenic and can be easily adjusted to fit your preferred sleeping position. It also sleeps exceptionally cool because the water keeps moving and therefore never really heats up.

Water pillows take a bit to get used to for most people, because it literally feels like your head it "floating" on the pillow. In a good way though. So worth a try if you want something special and unique.



By using one of these orthopedic pillows, you can most certainly find neck pain relief and improve your sleep quality. Remember to choose a bed pillow that fits your specific needs and preferences, so very likely it will be a trial and error process until you find the perfect pillow model for your needs.

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