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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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Ergo Baby Carrier- PTANY approved for our low back patients!

Ergo Baby Carrier

Low back pain is one of the most common ailments we see after people become new parents.  Often due to poor ergonomics/body mechanics, a person can do herself/himself a favor by limiting stress to their body.  The Ergo Baby Carrier is one of the few products that does exactly that. By distributing the weight of the baby through the pelvis rather than the upper body, there is much less chance of straining the upper back muscles.  I know from experience as we switched from another carrier when we had our daughter.
Makes a great gift for those not knowing what to get for a baby shower!

Ergo Baby Carrier