What Pillow Should I Use When I Have Neck Pain?

What Pillow Should I Use When I Have Neck Pain?

So, you’ve got neck pain. Maybe it’s your mattress, maybe it’s your pillow. You’re unsure of what you need to buy, and you just can’t get comfortable at night. Maybe you’ve tried dozens of different pillows and haven’t found the right one, or didn’t get the promised relief?

In this short video I filmed with Dr. Derek Nielsen of Kaizen Physical Therapy, we explain why you shouldn’t have to get a new pillow or mattress to ease your neck pain.

When your neck hurts, your body hurts. The place that typically hurts is just the signal to you that something is wrong. It’s your body’s alarm telling you to pay attention, but it’s not always telling you exactly where the problem is.

Many of our patients with neck pain, headaches and herniated discs come in asking us what the best pillow or mattress is for their neck. What do we tell them? We tell them to sleep in a comfortable position. We advise them to come in for a total body diagnostic exam so we can figure out what the true cause is and so they can stop worrying about sleeping comfortably.

If your neck isn’t moving well, your body isn’t moving well. What happens is people go out and try to buy different pillows to get comfortable, but they never do, because your pillow is not the cause. It’s something else in your body that’s not moving well.

That’s where we come in. The answer isn’t a new pillow, it’s coming to see someone who understands your body’s movement, understands pain and injuries and how to recover from them and can quickly diagnose what’s going on and give you a plan to fix it once and for all.

If you’re struggling from pain at night or first thing in the morning, click here to schedule a free total body diagnostic visit where we’ll take you through a full body assessment, tell you exactly what is going on and give you a customized plan to get back to being active and healthy!

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Dr. Aaron LeBauer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, LLC, with his wife Andra, in Greensboro, N.C. He has been helping active people stay fit, active and healthy without medications, injections or surgery since 1999. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2008. Dr. LeBauer graduated from Duke University in 1996 with a B.A. in History and moved to San Francisco where he studied Massage Therapy and Health Education at the National Holistic Institute. He has specialized in Myofascial Release since 2000 and is an Instructor with the John F. Barnes MFR Seminars. A native of Greensboro, Dr. LeBauer returned in 2005 to continue the third generation of LeBauers as health care professionals in Greensboro. Dr. LeBauer helps weekend warriors, high level athletes, desk jockeys, students, children and anyone with pain, stiffness return to the activities the love without expensive imaging, pain medications, injections or surgery. He specializes in treating people with chronic conditions, pain and injuries which have not responded to traditional treatments and therapies with the goal of helping patients have less pain, move better and feel wonderful in their bodies. Dr. LeBauer also helps other physical therapists start and grow successful cash-based physical therapy practices. He has developed an online training course that describes in detail how to start a small private practice, along with his marketing secrets and strategy. He is currently available for recorded telephone and video coaching sessions, email support, on-site visits and speaking engagements. Contact him for more information, rates and services.. Dr. LeBauer enjoys riding one of his vintage Vespa and Lambretta scooters or his bicycle to work. He has raced bicycles since high school and as a category 1 amateur throughout the United States. He was based out of Northern California and North Carolina and spent a very memorable summer racing in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. He enjoys working in his garden and has an edible landscape including pears, apples, scuppernogs (native muscadine grapes), raspberries, blueberries, figs, various seasonal vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. He has two beautiful daughters and an amazing wife.

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