Travelling can be a problem. I have found that some hotels, like Hampton Inns have four pillows; two are usually soft and two are more firm. That’s really nice. Otherwise I will actually take a couple of feather pillows with me. If you put them in a plastic garbage bag, hold the opening closed with your fist and lie down on them, you can squish all the air out of them. Then twist the opening closed and tie it in a knot. The two pillows will be smartly squished flat and will fit nicely in your suitcase. Then just fluff them up when you arrive at your destination. Again, if you have any kind of neck problems, you should always travel with the little U pillow.
Creative pillowing can get expensive. I’ve been through many pillows which just didn’t work and they lie in some storage closet, perhaps for another day when I develop a new bony prominence, a crook or a numb spot. I also get rid of pillows once they lose their fluff or firmness or whatever shape it was that made them right for me in the first place. Your body is worth that expense and effort.
And remember…pillows aren’t just for the bedroom! Think padding. And think about the other places where you might spend a lot of idle physical time; your desk, your car, your easy chair. These are places where various parts of your body spend volumes of time in one spot.
One part which lends itself to padding is the elbow. Again, that ulnar nerve spends way too much time pressed against firm surfaces and stretched around the bend of the elbow. Pad it. Keep a pillow or a piece of memory foam in your car to pad the consoles. If you can’t lower the arms of your desk chair, then pad those armrests too. The makers of couches and recliners haven’t quite figured out just how sensitive our elbows are. You’ll grow old waiting for that to change. Use pillows.
The McKenzie Back Pillow is useful for those of us with mechanical back pain or discogenic pain. You slip it in the small of your back to get a little extension there. But you can use one of your old, squished feather pillows for the same purpose.
And again, don’t forget the travel/U pillow when driving long distances or sitting for long periods of time in one place. It’s not just for air travel. By the time you get all these pillows in place you’ll be all tucked in like a Nascar driver.
Got tailbone pain? Pad it. I see about two patients a month with tailbone pain. That’s too many. It’s frustrating because there’s really not anything we can do about it. And everyone who has it expects us to do something about it. Let me just say this. If you wake up one morning with tailbone pain and it’s not bleeding, infected or draining some kind of yucky fluid…then start padding it. Get a feather pillow or a Donut Pillow and put one every place where you sit for more than two minutes. That includes your car, desk, kitchen, TV room, and even sneak one into the movie theater if you have to. Pad your butt now and don’t wait for six months.
Wow, all this talk about pillows has got me excited…for a trip to Bed, Bath and Beyooooonnnnd! See ya.