Cervical Neck Pillows

Are you dealing with neck and back pain, stiffness, or tension headaches? Finding relief may be as easy as getting the right pillow.

Cervical neck pillows are specially designed to support your neck and keep your spine aligned properly while you sleep. We can provide neck pillows in many different varieties to suit different sleeping styles and body shapes.

Our experts can help you find the best options for you. That’s important because if you choose the wrong pillow, it can end up making your neck pain worse.


Cervical neck pillows can help with chronic neck pain and a range of related issues including:

  • Arthritis
  • Snoring
  • Whiplash
  • Stiff Neck
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Neck Strains
  • Poor Posture
  • Difficulty  Sleeping
  • Tension headaches
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Military neck (also known as flat neck syndrome or cervical kyphosis)

Neck support pillows are particularly useful when recovering from all types of neck injuries. In addition, by correcting your neck position, these pillows can also improve breathing. That’s why they can help reduce snoring or sleep apnea symptoms.

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A patient trying out their custom orthotic inserts.

How do Cervical Neck Pillows work?

Cervical neck pillows work by providing the right amount of support to keep your neck and spine in a natural position. They typically have a contoured shape where the area that supports your neck is higher than where your head sits. Many of them also have grooves or other shapes to help reduce rotating and keep your head in the proper position while you sleep.

Another way cervical support pillows help is by ensuring you get a good night’s sleep. Because besides being therapeutic, they are comfortable pillows. That’s helpful because getting enough rest is an important part of the healing process and will help relieve your neck pain.

Types of Cervical Neck Pillows

Most standard cervical support pillows can provide extra support no matter if you are lying on your side or back. To accomplish this, they usually have different levels of thickness: a thinner center for back sleeping and thicker sides for side sleeping. As a result, these pillows can keep your neck in the proper position as you switch back and forth between sleeping positions.

Neck pillows designed for side-sleepers are thicker than ones for back or stomach sleepers because there’s more space between your head and the mattress when you’re in that position.

Neck pillows designed for stomach sleepers are typically thin and flat but have curved edges to help reduce rotation of the head and neck.

Sleeping on your stomach is not the best position for your neck, but if you have been a stomach sleeper for a long time, you might find it very difficult to change that habit. In that case, a pillow designed for stomach sleepers can provide improved neck support.

There are many options to choose from in terms of shape, materials, and firmness. They range from memory foam pillows to water pillows that feature a fillable bladder in the center to adjust firmness.

The right pillow for you will depend on a number of factors. For example, a firm mattress can require a thicker pillow. That’s because your body doesn’t sink into the mattress as much, so there is more space between your neck and the mattress. There are also many additional features to consider. For instance, some neck pillows have wedges attached that provided added support for the neck and shoulders or upper back.

All of these options mean you can find a pillow that suits your needs, though the number of choices can be overwhelming at first. Our healthcare professionals have the experience and expertise to find the best options for you. So simply give us a call or schedule a consultation to get started.

Cost and Coverage

Like most of our medical devices, our cervical neck pillows are covered by extended health plans. So whether you have coverage through your auto insurance or an employer, you can probably get a neck pillow for little to no cost to you. If you don’t think you’re covered, give us a call and we can help. Our products and services are available at competitive rates, call us or schedule a consultation.

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Activa Clinics is the perfect place to find the right cervical neck pillow. And remember, we can offer a lot more than that to help with your neck pain. That includes treatments ranging from physiotherapy and chiropractic to acupuncture and neck bracing.

So when you’re ready to take the first step towards living pain-free, get in touch or drop on in. We have seven clinic locations that serve communities including Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Brampton, Kitchener, and Scarborough.