I often have clients arrive with headaches, neck or shoulder pain, and maybe even tingling down their arms.
With my sports therapy hat on, my immediate thought is to address the possible cause of the pain of the condition immediately... even before treating the symptoms. One simple question usually solves weeks and months (sometimes years) of discomfort. "What... ?"
Invariably they say, and frequently with great pride, “Oh, quite flat.”
We were told many years ago that a flat pillow was better for sleeping…. I’m not quite sure where this erroneous thinking came from but it’s definitely a bad idea when most people sleep on their side.
Just imagine how you’d feel if you’d been walking around all day with your head on one side (the position you sleep when on your side using a low pillow) – very painful and extremely stressed.
* muscles would become unbalanced in the neck (either over-stretched on one side and adaptively shortened on the other)
When lying in bed the other issue becomes the over-compression of the head of the arm into the shoulder joint.
The height you’re aiming for is so your neck is parallel with the bed and will be dependent on the width of your shoulders.