Believe it or not, the type of pillow and height of pillow that you chose can have a significant impact on the pace at which your spinal health improves with chiropractic care. Get this right, and you will sleep well and support your spine during the six to eight hours of slumber. Get this wrong, and you will provide abnormal stress to your structure that can cause your progress to plateaux and prevent you from fully correcting your spine.
These instructions will teach you how to create a homemade pillow using towels that will place your head in the perfect position so that your spinal muscles can relax and the vertebrae are all optimally supported during the night. When you get this right, you will sleep very soundly, often waking up in the exact position that you fell asleep in. Since your spine will be in a position of comfort and ease you will wake up with your back and neck feeling flexible and loose. If you wake up with your spine feeling stiff and sore, there is an excellent chance that either your pillow height is incorrect for you or that your mattress is too soft.
How to Set Your Pillow Up Correctly and Protect your Spine at Night
1. Sleeping on your side
Towels are used instead of pillows because they do not squash and are therefore very supportive.
Fold up three or four towels so that the height is about the same as the spread of your fingers from the tip of your pinky finger to the tip of your thumb. Then lie down on your side and test the pillow out.
If you feel like you are falling forwards, then the pillow is too high. If you feel like you are falling backwards, then the pillow is too low.
2. Sleeping on your back
Take one towel and fold one end over to create a two-inch long section. Fold this section over again two more times. Take the other end of the towel and fold it over once to meet the other section. The higher bump goes under your neck, and the smaller bump supports your head. The area of the towel under your neck should not feel like it is pushing your neck up, it is only supposed to provide light pressure to the underside of your neck.
3. Choosing the right mattress
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