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The Water Pillow

Water Pillow

One of the most difficult tasks for chronic neck pain patients is finding a pillow that secures them in a neutral, comfortable position throughout the night.  Too high a pillow places the neck in constant flexion (forward bending-not good for the discs) and too low of a pillow often isn’t supportive enough.  No matter how responsive a patient is to physical therapy, a malpositioned neck while sleeping can significantly contribute to a chronic neck pain.

Instead of having a patient purchase an expensive memory foam pillow I will often recommend using a regular pillow with a towel roll supporting the natural curve of the neck.  Although people do well with this configuration, the setup often falls apart at some point during the night.

I recently had a patient who has been on the search for the ultimate pillow.  After 3 years of restless sleep and painful mornings, she purchased the Water Pillow and states it is the most comfortable her neck has been in a long time.  It is a regular pillow with an adjustable water bladder which allows for individualized firmness and height.

I have not personally tried it, but her recommendation is one that I value and hope can help others who have neck issues.

Mediflow Water Pillow

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Lapdawg Stand

Lapdawg Stand

One of the more common contributing factors to neck pain these days appears to be the use of laptops.  The design of it encourages a forward head posture, strain of the upper back, and malposition of the wrists which can lead to repetitive stress injury.  I have posted several products which can help with this and recently I came across the Lapdawg stand.

I have not personally used one, so I can’t vouch for the quality or versatility, but its ability to be configured for use on a desk, couch, or bed is compelling.  It can also double as a book stand.  I would be interested in feedback from others who may have used it.

Lapdawg

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Foldaway Recumbent Exercise Bike

foldable-bike

Hammachler Schlemmer carries a foldaway stationary bike which is perfect for those with limited space in their apartments.  Patients report it is sturdy and stows away easily in a closet.

Foldaway Stationary Bike $199