Travel Neck Pillows.Travel neck pillows are a great neck and back pain relief product IF they fit you correctly.
However, I often see other passengers on flights using inflatable neck pillows which have been inflated too much, or too little for their neck shape and size.
If your travel neck pillow is poorly fitted, it can actually give you neck pain! The correct shape and size of your neck pillow depends on the curves and depth of your neck.
Firstly, you must know the correct position for your neck while sitting or lying. This is known through education on posture correction and awareness. Then you inflate or purchase a travel neck pillow to fit your neck snugly.
Without using a travel neck pillow, your neck tends to fall or lean in awkward positions while you sleep and rest, and this frequently results in muscles and joints in your neck straining, often resulting in pain. If you travel frequently, and fall asleep in unsupported and awkward neck postures, long term damage to your neck can result.
If you dont have a travel neck pillow, you can always make one! Rollup a towel or a thin soft jumper and place it around your neck. It should be the correct thickness required to hold and support your neck in its correct alignment. This is not as good as a well made travel neck pillow, but it definitely better than no support at all.
If you have a tendency to fall asleep while sitting watching television, your travel pillow can also be used for this!
It is always worth understanding the size and shape of your spinal curves. My advice is to seek a physiotherapists advice on the measurements of your curves, so that you will be capable of supporting your neck and back effectively if the situation arises.
Purchase a good quality and well-fitting travel neck pillow when possible, and use it when required. Prevention is always better than cure!
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