Every now and then, we receive feedback from medical professionals who are just as excited as us about pillows. The feedback from these health care professionals have shaped our product design choices over the years and we would love to share this feedback with our customers.
Dr Mohamad Sabsabi from Sydney Health & Sports Clinic has been generous enough to provide a technical review of our Sampson pillow. Here it goes! (We've added a link to the pillow he mentions)
In my clinical experience, certain common cervical and shoulder dysfunctions require neutral alignment for the cervical spine during sleep. This is key in order to eliminate the rotational forces constantly tugging at the tissue, tendons and discs and sustaining the inflammatory process in the troubled areas.
There are two critical factors to neck support when laying down on your back:
- The occiput (skull) being supported in a none forward position to the cervical spine, which is commonly observed in forward head carriage posture aka all of us who look down on our phones
- Preserving the cervical lordosis by minimizing hyperextension at the Atlanto-axial joint (the first 2 neck vertebrae) a common postural fault seen in sufferers of headaches
If you are a committed back sleeper this pillow was created for you. One should keep in mind a however a short adaptation period to the stretching of the delicate tissue and musculature behind your head, the end result is definitely worth it!