Whether your back pain is acute, intermittent, or chronic, it's not something to take lightly. That's why we created the perfect pillow for back pain.
A leading cause of disability worldwide, back pain afflicts millions each and every year, and most people have reported having suffered from back pain at least once in their lives. The good news is that back pain is manageable, and measures can be taken that can prevent or relieve back pain, such as with the use of a back pain pillow or other behavioral or lifestyle changes. Luckily, most treatments are not much more involved than simple rest and relaxation, and usually don't require surgery.
The Signs and Symptoms of Back Pain
But before we look at how to cope with back pain, let's take a look at the signs and symptoms of back pain, which can range from a simple muscle ache to shooting and stabbing types of pain, or pain that spreads down your legs. Some types of back pain can also be made worse by bending, lifting, standing or walking, and it's commonly the case that reclining or sitting back is one of the few things that actually helps reduce your pain.
Unfortunately, most people suffer with back pain for years, electing to see a doctor only when the pain becomes too much to bear or the annoyance becomes a hindrance to day-to-day life, such as when it starts affecting their work, relationships or mood. But doctors recommend that if you've suffered from back pain for more than a few weeks, you should make an appointment to see your doctor. Back pain could suggest a bigger health issue, such as when it's accompanied by bladder or bowel issues, a fever, or if it started after a recent fall or other accident or injury.
If your back pain has lingered for more than a few weeks and hasn't improved with rest, or if the pain has spread down the legs, especially if it's now below the knee, or you've had any unexplained weight loss, you should seek medical attention. Even if you've gone your entire life without back pain, new back pain after 50 can be the sign of osteoporosis or more serious diseases, and even the best pillow for back pain that money can buy won't help you.
Types of Back Pain
Acute back pain is any back pain that lasts less than six weeks and is commonly caused by a fall or heavy lifting. If you or your loved one works as a laborer in any number of trades, or their idea of a job well done is hours and hours of back-breaking work, back pain could just be the result of over-exertion. The good thing is that this type of back pain is only temporary, though it's possible to re-aggravate the same injury or spot with bad form or posture during work.
Unlike the shorter duration of acute forms, back pain that lasts longer than three months is considered chronic, and is much less common than acute back pain. While many know exactly where their back pain comes from, either through deduction or the assistance of their doctor, other back pain patients and medical professionals cannot point to a specific cause, though there are conditions that are commonly linked to back pain.
If you have any of these afflictions, you should consult your doctor.
- Muscle and ligament strain, which is caused by repeated heavy lifting or sudden movements that can lead to painful muscle spasms
- Bulging or ruptured disks, which are the cushions between the bones of the spine and can aggravate nearby nerves
- Arthritis, which can lead to a narrowing of the area around the spinal cord
- Scoliosis, which is a curving of the spine that typically leads to back pain in middle age
- Osteoporosis, which is the breakdown of your body's bones, leaving them porous, brittle and prone to fracture.
How a Pillow for Back Pain Can Help
While it sounds far-fetched, a pillow can do wonders for your back pain. Even a standard pillow can help, like the ones you have on your bed or your couch, but the right pillow provides just the right levels of comfort and support where you need it, whether you're recovering in bed or lounging around watching your favorite television show or movie.
For severe or chronic issues, you'll likely need a specialty pillow for back pain that takes your injury and discomfort into account, allowing you to get a full night's rest and encouraging your recuperation. Whether your back pain leads to poor sleep or your inability to get comfortable is aggravating your back pain, the right back pain pillow can also reduce heartburn, quell chronic snoring and sleep apnea, all while improving your sleep posture and the quality of your Zs so your nighttime back aches become a thing of the past.
Types of Back Pain Pillows
Standard Memory Foam Pillow
For the most basic pillow for back pain, consider a standard memory foam pillow. They're typically contoured to better support your neck during sleep, and the memory foam is likely more breathable and supportive than your existing head pillow. And because they're small and light, you can easily bring your memory foam pillow with you for a nap on the couch or when you stay with relatives or in a hotel room. But not all memory foam pillows are equal, so make sure you research the right one before you buy.
Large Bed Wedge Pillow
When more severe pain demands the relief that only an incline will give, consider a large bed wedge pillow for your back pain. Designed to alleviate symptoms of sleep apnea, as well as to help fight chronic snoring and acid reflux in addition to mitigating your back pain, a wedge pillow is made up of a solid, supportive block topped with memory foam, which aligns the head and neck, keeping your back stable and optimizing circulation throughout your body. With a soft, attached headrest, a wedge pillow is also good for recovery from surgery, though it's large and cumbersome design is not great for shared beds, and the angle sits in that awkward not-quite-up but not-quite-back level that's reminiscent of an uncomfortable hospital bed.
Small Wedge Pillow
A smaller version of the larger bed wedge lifts from the chest up, providing a more portable and reasonable wedge that doesn't take over your entire bed. Targeting sleep apnea and other disruptive sleep ailments, a small bed wedge pillow has the same memory foam surface layer as its larger cousin, though it only optimizes placement of the upper back, neck and head, and its effect on the back may be limited.
Lumbar Support Pillow
For more lumbar support during relaxation or sleeping, a separate lumbar support pillow under the lower back encourages a more natural sleeping position that can help alleviate back pain. Typically made from soft memory foam, a lumbar support pillow targets lower back pain, and can often be customized with inserts that optimize the pillow for your exact need. Harder, more therapeutic lumbar supports with more pronounced arches are also good to help stretch the lower back, and can be used on the floor, the couch, or the bed. Helping alleviate stiffness and pain associated with spinal stenosis, adding some quick stretching to your daily routine with a lumbar stretcher can help you kick your back pain once and for all.
When you're battling knee pain and sciatica, or pain in the lower back that extends through the hips and down each leg, the best pillow for back pain might just be a knee pillow. By correcting sleep posture and promoting alignment of the spine, a knee pillow goes between your knees, legs or thighs and gently aligns the spine as you sleep. A knee pillow can also improve circulation, which can boost energy levels and give you that something extra that you need to get through the day.
Introducing the Husband Pillow - The Perfect Pillow for Back Pain
But if the idea of several, bulky pillows cramping your style and your bed has you desperately searching for a better solution, the Husband Pillow is for you. Whether you need a pillow for back pain or you'd like a comfortable and supportive pillow to help you sit up in bed, yet it allows you to easily recline as your back needs it, the Husband Pillow is by far the most versatile pillow in our lineup. Combining all the features of the pillows highlighted above -- from the soft and comfortable memory foam to the support your back, shoulders, neck and head need -- the Husband Pillow back pillow is a veritable chameleon when it comes to your comfort and health.
Bigger than most so-called "bed rest" pillows, the Husband Pillow sits 31 inches tall and about as wide, so whether you're sitting down for a few minutes or several hours, your entire upper body will be supported by this strong yet comfortable pillow. Topped with a soft neck bolster that can be removed and put under the lower back or your knees or feet, the Husband Pillow adapts to your need with plush comfort unmatched by anything else. And with several convenient pockets and a trusty handle for a one-handed transport, this handy pillow can go with you from the bed to the couch or the floor and back again without missing a beat or losing track of important items such as your phone or tablet.
Available in more than 20 colors, the Husband Pillow is filled with soft, shredded memory foam that won't bind or clump, and an easy-access, inner-shell zipper allows you to add or remove memory foam until you hit the right amount of firmness for you. Even if you need extra foam, well ship it out to you free of charge. But don't forget the exterior of the Husband Pillow, which comes in a reversible and unbelievably soft suede leather or microfiber plush, and it's removable and washable, too.
So if you've had enough of your back pain, say yes to the only pillow for back pain that does it all -- the Husband Pillow. Affordable, and with free shipping and return under the generous, 100-day warranty, the Husband Pillow is guaranteed for life. If it's not the best pillow you've ever used, send it back, no questions asked, and we'll refund 100 percent of the purchase and shipping cost. But if you do decide to keep it -- and we're sure you will -- the only thing you have to do is hide it from your family. Once they get their turn you'll have no choice but to buy one for each member of your home, unless, that is, you're okay with sharing yours.
From ourflagship Husband Pillow to the Premium Aspen Edition, a Husband Pillow is great for just about anyone suffering from back pain, or even if you just want a way to sit up and watch TV from bed. Whether you're sleeping, resting, lounging or reading, the Husband Pillow makes it all just a little more comfortable, and that's something we can all get behind.Get your Husband Pillow today!