Choosing the Perfect Pillow: 5 Expert Tips for Chiropractic Patients 

 July 12, 2023

By  Dr. Polly Hediger

pillow chiropracticWhen it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, choosing the perfect pillow plays a vital role in maintaining proper spinal alignment and ensuring overall comfort. As chiropractic professionals, we understand the importance of selecting the right pillow to support your neck and promote optimal sleep posture. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with five expert tips that will help you make an informed decision when selecting the perfect pillow. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Assess Your Sleep Position

Before embarking on the journey of finding the ideal pillow, it’s essential to consider your preferred sleep position. The three main sleep positions—back, side, and stomach—each require a specific type of support to maintain a neutral spinal alignment during sleep.

  • Back Sleepers: If you are a back sleeper, look for a pillow that provides adequate support to the natural curvature of your neck, ensuring it remains in line with your spine.
  • Side Sleepers: Side sleepers benefit from a slightly higher and firmer pillow that fills the space between the ear and the shoulder, keeping the spine aligned.
  • Stomach Sleepers: For those who sleep on their stomach, a softer and flatter pillow is recommended to minimize strain on the neck and promote better breathing. However, we recommend learning how to sleep on either your back or side for optimal spinal health benefits.

2. Consider Pillow Filling Options

Pillow fillings play a significant role in determining the comfort, support, and durability of your pillow. Here are some popular options to consider:

  • Memory Foam: Memory foam pillows conform to the shape of your head and neck, providing excellent support and pressure relief.
  • Latex: Latex pillows offer a resilient and supportive feel, ensuring proper spinal alignment and durability.
  • Feather and Down: Feather and down pillows provide a soft and luxurious feel but may require regular fluffing to maintain their shape.
  • Polyester: Polyester-filled pillows are affordable, hypoallergenic, and provide medium support, suitable for various sleep positions.

Each filling option has its unique characteristics, so choose the one that best suits your comfort preferences and chiropractic needs.

3. Evaluate Pillow Loft and Firmness

The loft or thickness of a pillow contributes to its ability to support your neck and maintain proper spinal alignment. Additionally, the firmness of a pillow determines how much support it provides. Finding the right balance is crucial to ensuring a comfortable and pain-free sleep experience.

  • Low Loft: A low loft pillow works well for stomach sleepers or individuals with a petite frame.
  • Medium Loft: Most back sleepers and some side sleepers find medium loft pillows to be the most comfortable and supportive.
  • High Loft: Side sleepers generally benefit from high loft pillows, as they help keep the neck and spine aligned.

Moreover, the firmness of the pillow should complement your personal preference. A pillow that is too firm can cause stiffness, while one that is too soft may not provide adequate support. Find the right combination to promote proper spinal alignment and relieve pressure points.

4. Opt for Hypoallergenic and Breathable Materials

Allergies and breathing difficulties can significantly impact your quality of sleep. To avoid triggering allergies or exacerbating respiratory issues, consider pillows made from hypoallergenic materials, such as:

  • Hypoallergenic Fabrics: Look for pillows with covers made from hypoallergenic fabrics, such as organic cotton or bamboo, which naturally repel dust mites and other allergens.
  • Dust Mite-Resistant Fillings: Memory foam, latex, and polyester pillows are less prone to dust mites compared to down or feather pillows.

Additionally, choosing a pillow with breathable materials enhances airflow, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout the night.

5. Test and Replace Regularly

Once you’ve found a pillow that meets your requirements, it’s essential to test it for a few nights to ensure it offers the comfort and support you need. If it doesn’t meet your expectations, take advantage of the return policy and explore other options until you find the perfect fit.

Keep in mind that pillows, like any other bedding item, have a lifespan. On average, pillows should be replaced every 1 to 2 years, depending on their quality and usage. Regularly inspect your pillow for signs of wear and tear, loss of support, or the presence of allergens, and replace it promptly when necessary.


Choosing the perfect pillow is a crucial step in promoting healthy sleep and maintaining proper spinal alignment. By considering your sleep position, pillow filling options, loft and firmness, hypoallergenic materials, and regular replacement, you can find a pillow that supports your chiropractic needs and ensures a restful night’s sleep.

Remember, the right pillow can make a significant difference in your overall well-being, so take the time to find the one that suits you best. If you need help with this, please make sure you ask during your next visit. We’re always here to help!

This article is copyrighted by Blogging Chiropractors for its Doctor of Chiropractic members and may not be copied or duplicated in any manner including printed or electronic media, regardless of whether for a fee or gratis without the prior written permission of Blogging Chiropractors.

Dr. Polly Hediger

Dr. Polly Hediger grew up in a small town in southern Illinois, called Highland. After graduating in the top 10 of her high school class, she attended Southwestern Illinois College for general studies. In 1998, Dr. Hediger entered the accelerated science program at Logan College of Chiropractic in Missouri. Through her coursework there she completed her Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.).

Dr. Polly Hediger

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