Designed to help relieve neck pain by providing customisable support. It's got water in it! Different, but good!
Definitely a specialist orthopaedic pillow, it’s designed to provide customisable neck support in order to relieve neck pain and help with chronic pain related problems such as those associated with cervical spondylosis. It’s made with a clever series of layers, each with a specific purpose:
1. Water filled layer which provides the support. You can put has much or as little water in as you like so that you can adjust the neck support to exactly as you like it.
2. A thermal insulator to keep the water making you feel cold
3. A fairly dense microfibre polyester fill to provide the soft comfort factor
After a bit of faffing to get the amount of water just right, this turned out to be a surprisingly comfortable pillow, mostly because it can provide just the right level of firmness to carefully support the neck. It also feels like it is gently cradling your head, as the water moves aside when you put your head down which raises the pillow slightly up either side of your head.
I’m glad to say that I don’t personally suffer from neck pain so cannot speak from that point of view, but I can certainly see how this pillow might help where support is important. Even without pain this is a very comfortable pillow if you’re willing to testing different amounts of water, but it might not be for all. It’s heavy to carry to the bed once filled with water, so I’d fill carefully with a funnel when it’s on your bed (taking care not to wet the cotton pillowcase).
Accept that you will have movement with this pillow – it’s filled with water! It will be cooler than a standard pillow – the water + cotton pillowcase outer helps with this, but there’s still a polyester hollowfibre layer, so it won’t be the solution to very hot-sleepers.
It’s available in a range of sizes: ‘Travel’, Regular and King.
If you’re suffering with neck pain, this is definitely worth a go – either try this or the orthopaedic-recommended Tempur original support pillow (review here). They’re two of the best pillows on the market for neck pain.