Best Pillow for Shoulder Pain
Many individuals have or will experience shoulder pain or suffer stiffness in the shoulder region that affects the upper arm. Shoulder pain is a musculoskeletal problem, affecting the joints and muscles. Whatever is the cause of your shoulder pain, it’s important to have a proper orthopedic fitting pillow that is a good pillow for side sleepers, so you can have a comfortable, rejuvenating sleep, waking refreshed in the morning.
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Reasons for Shoulder Problems
There are many reasons for shoulder problems, like injuries, the way you move your arm contribute to shoulder problems. Sustaining postures with the arms held up can make a significant contribution. Poor posture when sitting at a computer, driving or sleeping can also place strain on the shoulder, in addition to the neck. Shoulder pain may also be a cause of sleep problems. It is a common cause for disability, medication use and affects daily life activities. This type of pain happens when pain sensitive structure(s) are placed in positions which overload, overstretch or compress the associated muscles, tendons and ligaments.
The Align-Right Pillow can help with the management of shoulder pain. The Align-Right Pillow is a good pillow for side sleepers. Align-Right has five pillows to fit and support your shoulder. The correct size pillow is measured to your body structure, corresponding to the support needed to take pressure off the shoulder, and keeping the neck in alignment. Align-Right Pillows are unique pillows; the cylindrical shape fits your ‘Sleep Triangle’ – the distance from outside your shoulder to inside of neck; the distance from the top of your shoulder to the top of your ear; the angle distance from the top of your ear to the outside of your shoulder. Injuries can heal properly with the right size pillow. The Align-Right Pillows fits your natural neck curve and minimizes pressure on the shoulder, reducing, relieving and relaxing the shoulder.
Shoulder injuries must heal properly. As a result of tearing of the muscles, tendons or ligaments, a shoulder may become unstable and painful. Tears must heal by initially reducing inflammation and resting the damaged tissues. The Align-Right pillow can do a lot of good for the body, mind and soul.
Factors Influencing Shoulder Problems?
Typically, we do not use our shoulders correctly and rarely place the shoulder in a full range of motion. Couple this with poor posture and/or repeated motions and it can cause loss of flexibility, weaken muscles and make the shoulder more prone to injuries when lifting or reaching.
In managing shoulder problems, it is important to know which positions and motions are aggravating or prolonging shoulder pain. Motions using the shoulders over the head are harmful, resulting in overstretching, compressing and straining the shoulder.
The shoulder is complicated and closely involved with the neck. Health professional’s common diagnoses are rotator cuff tear or strain, frozen shoulder, tendonitis, arthritis, capsulitis, impingement syndrome and more.
Judy’s shoulder pain story to healing.
Judy knows this extremely painful and movement limiting pain! She experienced a rotator cuff injury from paddling many wilderness canoeing adventures. Thankfully she did not require surgery! It took almost a year for recovery.
The first 3 months, the pain was so debilitating, physiotherapy was out of the question. She received a cortisone injection and had another 6 months of physiotherapy. Sleeping on her side was a big pain problem as she recovered. She used the Align-Right small Neck Comfort Roll under her arm, in conjunction with the Align-Right Pillow. It gapped the joint, relieving pressure. This small comfort roll is volume adjustable. Taking some filling out she was able to have the soft density needed for her body structure and arm comfort.