Cervical Pillow: How to Use it?

Directions on How to Use the Cervical Pillow.

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the use of the Cervical Pillow

In previous articles published on our Blog, we have seen how a cervical pillow should be made and which cervical pillow to choose.

Instead, in this article we will explain how to use a cervical pillow. 

The Causes of Cervical Pain

 The latest research from Harvard University in the biomedical field, show that 87 percent of the most common cervical symptoms originate during resting hours. Due to poor posture, the paravertebral muscles of the cervical spine bear the weight of the head and shoulders, remaining constantly under tension.

Cervical symptoms are manifested through pain that arises at the level of the cervical vertebrae, i.e., the seven short bones that make up the section of the spine closest to the head, and which allow its movement. Such neck pain often radiates to the shoulders and sometimes to the arms, making movement difficult.

Cervical Pain

How using a cervical pillow can help

To avoid taking painkillers, or seeing yourself forced into repeated and expensive therapy sessions, using a neck pillow may prove to be an excellent tool to alleviate and prevent back and neck problems by re-educating your body posture during sleep.

In fact, the study carried out by Harvard University found that in order to reduce the symptoms of cervicalgia, it is necessary to maintain the correct spacing of the c1-c7 vertebrae during the resting phase at night .

But beware: A Cervical pillow is no ordinary pillow!

Directions on How to Use the Cervical Pillow

Poor posture at work, while traveling and while sleeping can cause stiffness and soreness in the neck muscles, which is the most vulnerable part of the spine. Therefore, it is necessary to promote muscle relaxation by keeping the neck aligned with the head and back. This can prevent discomfort and improve sleep quality.

The most important principle is that the spine should maintain the physiological curve at the cervical level. Through the use of the orthopedic cervical pillow, the neck is supported at the right height in relation to the head

Maintaining the "C-Curve"

The ideal position to maintain is the so-called "C-Curve, " or the cervical curve of the back of the neck. A major change in the curvature of the neck is increasingly common in people, resulting in neck pain and a cervical inversion or "lordosis."

There may be various reasons why this loss of cervical physiology comes about: the curve changes its position due to severe tension in the neck muscles, or due to the maintenance of certain prolonged postures throughout the day.

How to sleep with a neck pillow

Assuming a correct position, avoiding keeping the cervical spine crooked or unbalanced on one side, is vital in relation to the position assumed for sleeping (we discussed this in our article on choosing a cervical pillow). A cervical pillow that allows relaxation of the cervical spine can facilitate proper stretching of the spine, reducing nighttime contractures.

To combat neck pain, an asymmetrical double-wave pillow is most suitable, because it has a shape designed to adapt to the person's sleeping posture, whether sleeping on the side (fetal position) or on the stomach (supine). Sleeping in a prone (belly-down) posture, on the other hand, is universally not recommended as a sleeping position.

  • Supine sleepers should rest their heads in the concave part of the cervical pillow. In this way he or she can maintain the normal curvature of the neck and alignment of the head with the body.
  • Those who sleep in the fetal position will need to adhere the shoulder to the bed with a cervical pillow high enough to cover the distance between the shoulder and the ear.
  • Prone sleepers should change their posture to one of the previous two before they start using a neck pillow to finally provide relief for their back and neck.

Cushion height

To maintain proper posture throughout the night, having a cervical pillow of the right height is critical.

For side sleepers, the pillow should be a little higher, while face-up sleepers will need to use a slightly less high pillow.

The heights we have identified as ideal are:

  • 13cm for the fetal position
  • 11cm for supine position


Cushion Width

The width of the pillow is also important: this should be wide enough to fit the width of the shoulders and prevent the head from sliding to the side during the night.

How to use the neck pillow

Start using a pillow that is ideal for Cervical!

Precisely according to the criteria also indicated by researchers at Harvard University, our Pharmaflex Cervical orthopedic cervical pillow was created to reduce the symptoms of cervicalgia by maintaining the correct spacing of the c1-c7 vertebrae during the night rest phase.

If you think about it, every person spends a minimum of 6 to 8 hours a night sleeping, so sleep represents one third of our day . Working on your posture and well-being during these hours will positively affect your daily life while awake, and without making any effort!

Pharmaflex Cervical performs all of the following functions:

  • Distributes the weight of the head and supports it, so as to decompress the vertebrae and allow the muscles to relax
  • Thanks to its special Aircell composition, the evolution of Memory foam by Pharmaflex, it is able to adapt to changes in position in just a few moments
  • Presents an asymmetrical shape with a specific height according to the sleeping position (11cm on one side, 13cm on the other)
  • Prevents head slipping in sleep due to its generously sized surface area
  • It is breathable and hypoallergenic
  • Provides excellent durability

AirCell Technology

The filling of our pillows, all strictly Made in Italy, is made of Aircell: an innovative combination of materials structured on 5 layers of different consistencies , caiscuno of which performs a specific function.

This technology represents the evolution of Memory Foam pillows for cervical and has proven to be up to 3 times more effective in solving cervical problems, going to eliminate the symptoms of cervicalgia thanks to vertebral decompression.

This effect is made possible thanks to its evolved structure, which alternates layers of polyurethane of different densities, each designed to provide a precise benefit:

  • Layer 1: AirCell, our special open-cell, fully air permeable formula.
  • Layer 2: Reduces pressure points and relaxes the spinal and semi-spinal muscles of both the head and neck, easing cervical tension.
  • Layer 3: promotes spacing between cervical vertebra C1 and C7, reducing compression and crushing of intervertebral discs.
  • Layer 4: Has a breathable function, which also prevents the formation of mold, mites and bacteria within the pillow itself.
  • Layer 5: An additional layer of AirCell further increases the overall comfort of the pillow.

Pharmaflex Cervical, night cervical pillow

The combination of these features has resulted in Pharmaflex Cervical, a state-of-the-art orthopedic cervical pillow, classified as a Class-1 Medical Device.

Our orthopedic pillow has all the functional features needed by those who need to solve and prevent problems related to cervicalgia:

  • A higher density than the average Memory pillow (45kg/mc versus the 35-40 kg/mc normally found on the market).
  • Very high breathability, thanks to the "open cell" configuration that ensures constant air exchange, preventing the formation of annoying moisture zones while sleeping.
  • A high degree of resilience (the compressive strength) that makes the cushion not deform over time. 
  • Maximum comfort due to its ability to adapt to the pressures exerted by body weight, returning to its original shape within fractions of a second.
  • Totally hypoallergenic, elastic and crushproof.
  • Class-1 Medical Device.

Carbon fiber cushion cover

Carbon Fiber Pillowcase

The carbon fiber fabric of the cover that accompanies all Pharmaflex pillows is also an innovation to improve the quality of sleep!

Carbon fiber constitutes a real wall against electromagnetic fields and allows the non-risky dispersion of electrostatic charges. Discharging the accumulated electrostatic charge enables deeper sleep and better rest.

In addition, from a hygienic point of view, carbon guarantees the following properties:

  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Durable and elastic
  • Thermally insulating (both in winter and summer) 
  • It lasts up to 5 times longer than a regular under-bedding.

Pharmaflex Cervical cervical pillow

Try Using Pharmaflex Cervical!

Pharmaflex Cervical is a certified Class-1 Medical Device . If you are looking for an orthopedic cervical pillow to help relieve and prevent the discomfort of neck pain while you sleep, visit Pharmaflex's product page Cervical to find out more technical details and how it works. You will be guaranteed a product that is 100% Made in Italy, effective, functional and guaranteed for 2 years (twice the life of a normal pillow).

We trust the quality of our products so much that we are giving you the chance to try our cervical pain pillow for 30 NIGHTS. You will then be able to see for yourself how it is possible to sleep well with cervical pain and solve the problem while you are sleeping!

If you decide to return it within 30 days, all you have to do is call us, send us an email, message us on Whatsapp or Facebook: we will send the courier to pick up the pillow at our expense and you will receive an immediate refund, but we are sure that won't happen!

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