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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;23(2):411-417.
A Newly Designed Cervical Pillow and Comparative Study.
Park, Dong Sik , Kim, Jae Seong , Lee, Ean Seck , Han, Myeong Seok , Hur, Jin Gang
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Hallym University College of Medicine.
새로운 형태의 경부베개 개발 및 비교평가
박동식, 김재성, 이언석, 한명석, 허진강
한림대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실
Abstract

Objective
Poor head and neck support during sleep can exacerbate the neck pain. Based on the ideal sleep posture and pillow suggested by Cyriax, we designed a new cervical pillow and compared the degree of pain reduction, quality of sleep and pillow satisfaction with a low hospital pillow and a high pillow.


Method
The newly designed pillow has a built-in pressure-adjustable air bag in the cervical area and provides normal cervical lordotic curve in supine position and maintains cervical and thoracic vertebrae to form a horizontal line in side-lying position. Thiry-four patients with cervical pain used low hospital pillows for the first week of 3-week randomized crossover design study. They were subsequently randomly assigned to use each of the other two pillows for 1-week period. Outcomes were measured using visual analog scale, sleep questionnaire and a pillow satisfaction scale.

Result: Compared with the other 2 types of pillows, subjects using the newly designed pillow showed much reduced pain intensity, increased duration of sleep and sleep quality and better pillow satisfaction.

Conclustion: We designed a cervical pillow with built-in pressure adjustable air bag and it can significantly reduce pain intensity and improve quality of sleep in patients with cervical pain.

Key Words: Pain, Posture, Cervical pillow, Sleep


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