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  1. Are You Waking Up with A Stiff Neck? Natural Treatments to Get Rid of the Neck Pain ...

    So you wake up in the morning, ready to conquer the day, and BAM, you cannot turn your head and neck to the right side.

    Brushing your teeth, taking a shower, making the bed, making breakfast- all of these tasks are excruciating...and then driving to work. This happens to me once in a while so i decided to write a lens on how to treat a stiff neck without popping pain medications. This squidoo lens shows you how and gives you some great at-home things you can yourself. We'll talk about what causes a stiff neck and what you can do to prevent it and treat it.

    Get Rid of the Stiff neck Easily Natural Ways to Treat Your Stiff Neck

    How do People get stiff necks?

    A Stiff Neck Can Be More Common Than You Think....

    The last time you had a stiff Neck, how did you get it?
    • I slept wrong - in an awkward position
    • I used for the computer for too long
    • I was exposed to cold air / a draft
    • I woke up in the morning with it
    • I turned/ twisted my neck...
    • I talked on the phone for too long
    • I was in a car accident...
    • I used my ipad, or tablet computer for too long

    What Can You Do To Help Your Stiff Neck?

    Rx for A Stiff Neck: Treatments that work to to combat a stiff neck....whether at work or at home.

     A hot pack that feels comfortable Looking for a hot and cold pack that will give you good coverage for heat therapy? Check this one out. This hot and cold pack gives you effective coverage for your neck and upper back and shoulders. The dimensions of this hot and cold pack are 9x16 so its ample big and gives you great cold therapy (just stick it in the fridge) or heat therapy ( just microvave it for a few minutes).

    Sleep with good neck posture at night

    Using a supportive Neck Pillow at Night Can Prevent a Stiff Neck

    There are many supportive neck pillows on the market today. Your goal when sleeping is to ensure that your head and neck are aligned during sleep. Imagine taking a towel and rolling it up in a cylinder (see YouTube Video Below). Your neck has a natural "C"curve that should be maintained during sleep. You can do that with a cervical support neck pillow as the linear gravity neck pillow by Arc4life.com.
    Arc4life's linear gravity support neck pillow comes in 3 different sizes:
    • Small- 20"x15"
    • Medium- 24"x17"
    • Large- 28"x17"

    Some people think that because they sleep on a king size bed, they should use a king size pillow. This is a big NO-NO ! Imagine a small female 5"2 in height using a pillow that is king size. That is grounds for neck pain and a stiff neck the next morning. So choose your cervical support pillow based on your height, weight and what your preferences are. The linear gravity neck pillow allows you to get the right size pillow for your neck, to prevent a stiff neck the next morning.

    A note about choosing a pillow to sleep on.

    Using the wrong pillow at night can cause a stiff neck. Not getting enough support in your neck can cause the muscles in your neck and upper back to tightness up and spasm. Choose the size of your pillow based on your height and weight.

    A Cost Effective Neck Stretcher to Help Take Away the Aches and Pains

    Great for Neck Pain, Stiff Neck and Muscle Spasms

    The Soothe A Ciser Neck Traction System: Neck and Shoulder Relaxer
    The Soothe-a-Ciser Stretcher Works to Stretch your neck and Shoulder Muscles. Imagine someone holding your neck and giving you gentle stretch. There are many benefits to using this traction device:
    • the Soothe-a-ciser cradles your neck at the base of your skull
    • helps to release muscle tension and tightness in the neck, shoulders and jaw
    • helps to restore the normal curve in the neck
    • use for 10-15 minutes / day a few times a week for pain relief and stretching
    • great for chronic neck pain
    • great for headaches especially migraine and tension

    How to Create A Towel Roll for Neck Support

    Prevent a Stiff Neck, have good neck alignment with using this support pillow

    Dr. Bellinger, Chiropractor in Glastonbury Connecticut shows us how to create a neck support with a towel roll. Effective form of neck support and neck pain relief.

    Do Gentle Traction to Stretch Your Neck

    Stretch your neck after you are feeling better from your stiff neck...

    After you start feeling a little better, a little gentle neck traction can be helpful and give you some pain relief. Traction basically means stretching your neck. Stretching your cervical spine ligaments and muscles. Someone can do that for you- they can just pull your head longitudinally. But you can also use a device such as a pronex or a cervical traction posture pump 1000. If you have been suffering from a stiff neck, you want to make sure you are not in ACUTE PAIN. This is after the acute pain- gently stretching your neck can yield some pain relief. Before and after stretching , you can also use a hot pack (6x20 works well on your neck) on your neck for 10-15 minutes for added comfort.

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  2. Nerve Pain in Your Neck... The #1 Neck Pillow For Dealing with Neck Pain

    The Best Neck Pillow for Neck Pain, Headaches, Arm or Hand Pain...

    Have you ever awoken up with pain on the one side of the neck? Maybe you had tingling into your fingers. Or Numbness into your arm?
    Are you tossing and turning all night because your pillow loses shape and does not give your neck the support that it needs?
    Do you continually get headaches?
    Do you wake up with a stiff neck?
    Imagine being able to function early in the morning without pain and stiffness.To be able to work on the computer with no headaches. Imagine being ale to sleep through the night. In this arc4life blog post, we are going to talk about a pillow that works for all of the above. It is called the arc4ife cervical traction neck pillow, and it has a lot offer.

    Do I use this Arc4life Cervical Traction Neck Pillow?

    My personal recommendation

    Surprisingly, I did not start using this pillow until 2 years ago. I was one of those people who propped up their neck pillow at night. Finally, I woke up one day with a stiff neck, and decided to try a different pillow. I started using the traction pillow. I use the support or roll side, because for me that is the most comfortable. I am mainly a side sleeper, but i sometimes sleep on my back as well. This neck pillow works to decrease stiffness and achiness in my neck. I even take it on vacation with me. Even my sisters love this pillow when they come visit me. They ask for the V Pillow every time they sleep over ! - Nav

    But that's just my viewpoint about this pillow. I have compiled frequently asked questions about this traction pillow in this special blog post. It is not your average neck pillow. I will talk about why the contours of this neck pillow are important for your neck curve, and how it can help you feel better when you wake up. Most importantly, it will help you wake up pain free.

    Update 8/13/2012 I am still using the arc4life cervical traction neck pillow. In fact I cannot sleep without it. My husband has his, I have mine now. He even knows whose is whose- even though its the same pillow, and same pillowcase LOL !! Still using the support side- great for when i sleep on my side and on my back.

    For what neck pain problems would someone want to use this traction pillow

    Not Just for Neck Pain

    1. Acute neck pain- neck pain that started all of a sudden
    2. Chronic neck pain- neck pain that has been going on for some time
    3. Stiff neck
    4. Herniated disc in the neck
    5. Bulging disc in the neck
    6. Numbness and tingling in the hands or the arms
    7. Weakness in the arms or the hands
    8. Degeneration in the cervical spine
    9. Arthritis in the neck
    10. Loss of curvature in the neck spine aka. Military spine
    11. Whiplash in the neck from a car accident or other injury
    12. Reversal of the Neck Curve
    13. Occipital Neuralgia
    14. Tension, and migraine headaches
    15. Cervical spondylosis
    16. Poor Neck Posture
    17. Neck Pain when turning to one side
    18. Fibromyalgia
    19. Shooting Pains into The Extremities

    Do you have a pillow that you have used for stiff neck, numbness and tingling, headache, or neck pain?

    Which Neck Pillow do you Use for Neck Pain Relief?

    • Arc4life cervical traction neck pillow
    • Foam Pillow
    • Foam Pillow
    • Water Pillow
    • Fiber Pillow
    • Buckwheat pillow
    • Side Sleeper pillow
    • Feather Pillow
    • contoured pillow
    • Another pillow not mentioned above

    Why do We Need A Neck Pillow?

    Is a neck pillow necessary in the first place? Why not sleep simply on the mattress?

    A good neck pillow can help you resolve your neck pain issues. The key is that you need to take pressure off of the nerves, and keep those nerves free of pressure. What you need is optimal alignment of the neck? What does this mean? Our spines are designed with specific curvatures to keep the nerves in the best neck alignment, free from any unwanted pressure. Also your body can withstand the forces of gravity pushing down on you. In this way, you are able to withstand from normal activities.

    Your Posture Tells a Bigger Story

    Posture is really a window into your spine..its tells us a lot

    Posture is the window to your spine Just by looking at somebody's posture, you get a hint of what their spinal alignment may be. For example lets say someone has a head that appears to be shifted forward of the shoulders.We actually call this forward head carriage. As you might guess, this spine cannot withstand downward pressure than the spine compared to one that is in correct spinal alignment. For every inch that the head is shifted forward, it increases the downward pressure on the head by 10 additional pounds.

    Use the Traction Pillow to Correct This Posture and Relieve Nerve Pressure

    Component #1 NECK ROLL

    The first component of the neck traction pillow that makes it ideal is the NECK ROLL. The neck roll helps to restore your normal alignment. Normal neck alignment is the c curvature of the cervical spine. The neck roll does precisiously that when you lie on your back. It helps to restore or maintain the normal curvature.

    Open up the space between the bones of the spine

    Component #2 NECK TRACTION

    The next component of the traction neck pillow is the v pattern on the pillow itself. This is what sets this apart from regular pillows.The V gives gentle traction to your neck. The traction helps to relieve nerve pressure by slightly stretching the spine in the vertical direction.

    See it Live: The Arc4life Cervical Traction Neck Pillow on YOUTUBE

    Two Pillows In One - The Cervical Traction Pillow Is Two Pillows In One

    Listen and See what Dr. Bellinger says about the arc4life cervical traction neck pillow, and why he recommends this neck pillow to all of his patients.

    What if I am a Side Sleeper?

    You can Sleep on your Side or On Your back with this pillow. It accommodates both sleeping positions.

    you can sleep on your side or on your back with this pillow This is a great question. Looking at our spine from the side we have smooth flowing curvatures. Looking from the front or back, we should be straight up and down.That being said, when you are laying on your side, you want a pillow that keeps your head level. Think of your pillow that completely compresses after a few hours of sleep? What does your head do? Your head completely tilts towards the bed. This can put a 45 degree angle in your spine. Is this good? NO ! If done night after night you start developing misalignments in your spine and posture.

    Too much Pillow is also a Problem...

    Propping your head up with too many pillows can be very comfortable.

    This does the exact opposite. It cranks your head in the other direction towards the ceiling. We are now 45 degrees to the other side. We are dealing with the same problem. Poor alignment and posture equates to pressure on nerves. The pressure on the nerves will equal various symptoms:
    • Pain
    • Headaches
    • Numbness and tingling
    • Weakness in the upper extremity and more.

    As is not Enough Pillow: Flat Pillows offer minimal neck support

    No pillow= no support for your neck.

    Using no pillow or a flat pillow is not the answer either. No pillows means no support for your cervical neck spine. The Proper C Curve is not supported. This can mean neck pain, headaches, and an restless uncomfortable sleep.

    Extra Firm Support Arc4life Cervical Traction Neck Pillow- Newest Addition to the Traction Pillow

    How long with this pillow last for?

    It depends, for some people a few months, for some a few years.

    One of the sacrifices that we make with our pillow is that it may not last as long as other fiber pillows on the market such as the Tri core support pillow. The tri core pillow is also a contoured pillow, but with much more stuffing and higher density. This means that the pillow is really firm to sleep on. Does it last longer (prob a good 4-5 years): yes, but the extra stuffing does not make it a usuable pillow. The traction pillow on the other hand, has some give to it, and is not filled with as much fiber. It is made to be comfortable for you and still give you the effectiveness of the traction. We know that by stuffng the pillow a little less, we are sacrificing the shelf life of the pillow. But then if we stuff it too much, our customers are not able to use it for conditions such as bulging disc, degernerative disc or herniated disc.

    Can I use this contoured neck pillow the whole night?

    It depends on the individuals neck pain condition. Also, on your sensitivity level.

    Each person's neck pain is different. For some patients,they lay on the pillow, and are able to use it the whole night with not problem. There are 2 ways to get used to using the arc4life cervical traction neck pillow:

    Start using the neck pillow little by little
    For others, who for example have acute neck pain or have a lot of sensitivity in the neck- they may have to use the pillow little by little. Start by using the pillow one half hour to an hour the first night. If the pillow starts to get uncomfortable, change back to the regular pillow you have been using. Keep increasing the amount of time you are using the pillow

    Start by using the Neck roll side of the pillow
    As I mentioned above, there are two components to the arc4life cervical traction neck pillow. The neck roll side is softer and easier to get used to. If you have a lot of sensitivity in the neck, the traction pillow may be too much for your right in the beginning.

    So What are the People Saying?
    So What are the People Saying?
    The Good, the Bad and the ANGRY!!!

    Lets See what everyone is saying... Read more Customer Feedback for the arc4life cervical traction neck pillow

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