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Pillows, also for therapeutic use

A cushion with a special effect due to special shaping

The lumbar spine region has long been considered the back’s greatest weakness. However, a complaint related to desk work and mobile devices is increasingly causing problems: Neck pain due to a poor body posture or intensive use. Malpositions caused by a lack of posture awareness and exercise in everyday life and at work can however be the cause as well.

Problems with neck pain

When multiple complaints occur simultaneously, doctors and therapists speak of a syndrome. Cervical syndrome is the technical term for the neck region. Typical symptoms include burning and dragging pain, among other things radiating to the shoulders, head, arms or chest. Left untreated, it threatens to sooner or later lead to what is known as a hunchback in the vernacular. Aside from targeted correction of the body posture, fitness and physiotherapy, a special pillow can help prevent and correct problems.

Cushion with a special effect

Such pillows have numerous applications. In particular, they can be beneficial for sleeping or while resting during the day. After all, people spend about a third of their life in bed. Appropriately designed pillows can provide valuable support during this time. But even when one only lies down briefly, to relax or during therapy, the benefits of a functional pillow are appreciated.

Explanation: We divide pillows with special benefits into two categories. One category is sleep pillows used as an alternative to the classic pillow in bed, the other is relaxation and therapy pillows that can be used while relaxing or by therapists for patient treatment.

What counts?

Providing individual support for the head in any sleeping position is important in order to combat and counteract tension and bad posture. Adaptation to your needs is therefore essential.

If you sleep on your back or use the pillow while relaxing on the sofa or during therapy, the upper thoracic spine should be slightly supported and padded. This can, for example, be accomplished with a narrow, extended centre section that reaches to this area. That leads to pleasant stretching in the chest region and can improve the body posture and assist with breathing.

If you sleep on your side, the pillow must not put pressure on the shoulders under any circumstances. Special moulding is therefore required for physiological alignment of the head and cervical spine. Pleasant warming of the neck and shoulder area is also beneficial for relaxed positioning.

Hygiene is important

For hygienic reasons, make sure the pillow is easy to care for. It should be washable if possible. Good breathability and the use of non-toxic materials throughout are a matter of course.


  • Above all, pillows with special benefits have to comfortably position the head. This applies in particular to pillows for sleeping, both on your back and on your side (only on your back for relaxation and therapy pillows).
  • Personal preference is decisive for pillows. Since we all have different needs, the pillow has to be individually adaptable or available in different versions.
  • Hygiene is important for pillows. Make sure that it not only has a removable cover but that the entire pillow is washable as well.
  • Appropriate positioning, support and relief provided by a pillow with a special shape can often prevent or alleviate pain. Pain can be effectively eliminated in combination with other therapeutic measures such as physiotherapy, back therapy training, etc. Consulting a doctor is advisable in case of long-term pain.

Minimum requirements

  • Physiological positioning of the head (relaxation and therapy pillows only when lying on your back)
  • Breathable
  • Washable
  • Adaptable to individual needs or available in different versions
  • Prevention or reduction of malpositions in the neck and cervical spine region

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