Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tempur-Pedic: My Neck Miracle

I'm in sleeping heaven thanks to my mother-in-law, Momma B. 

I have a few circumstances working against me in regard to neck pain. 

1.  I have scoliosis.  It's not terribly severe, but I do have an S-shaped spine and an extra cervical vertebra (my x-ray is pretty cool!), and have been seeing a chiropractor since high school (I'm on chiro #4 now).
2.  I'm a Denal Hygienist, and neck pain is sort of a given.  Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a prevalent problem for RDHs like myself as well as Dental Assistants and Dentists.  60-90% of RDHs report some type of MSD, and ergonomics is essential to the livelihood of my career.
3.  I have purchased three different pillows throughout the last year trying desperately to find one I could sleep on comfortably.  They all fell flat.  Literally. I was getting really tired of waking up with a stiff neck and headaches.

My chiropractor suggested a Tempur-Pedic contour pillow a while ago, and when I brought this up one day while at Momma and Poppa B's house, Momma B said "I have one that I don't use, do you want it?"  YEESSS!  Apparently, Momma B tried it for a few nights and didn't like it, so in the closet it sat.  I have been using the pillow for about two months now and I can't believe how my sleep has improved!  I wake up feeling rested, and my morning headaches have nearly vanished.

They are spendy pillows, so thank you to Momma B!.  If you do not have your own Momma B to give you a Tempur-Pedic pillow, I do recommend the investment.  However, Matt is not a fan of the pillow like his Momma B, so I guess they are not for everyone...but I'm in love.

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