Magic For Your Back: Orthopedic Pillows

A good pillow enables you to sleep by holding your head and neck in the correct position where your muscles rest, relax. What does a bad pillow do? A bad pillow hurts, and then you wake up tired and can’t rest.

What are orthopedic pillows for? The orthopedic pillows align the position of your body so that your spine does not bend, muscle pain reduces and swelling disappears.

Let’s figure out the types of orthopedic pillows and how they can help reduce back pain.


Types of Orthopedic Pillows for Legs & Feet

All the orthopedic leg cushions produced can be divided into several large groups.

Pillow Cube

For those who prefer to sleep on their backs at night, a pillow consisting of two dice with braces is suitable. All you have to do is put the pillow under your knees and put each foot in a cube.

Roll Pillow

This pillow consists of several rollers, which are attached together in different places. The smallest are located under the knees and the largest are located under the heels. The legs are conveniently stretched and in the raised position improve blood circulation.

Contour Pillow

Contour pillows are pillows whose surface resembles the anatomical contour of straight legs.


If you’re sleeping on your side, you can use a transformer cushion that’s attached between your knees.

Clipped Pillow-Cube

Big but effective models like these are the ones most men like. They are a cube, one side of which is slashed so that the tibia are placed parallel to the bed surface and the thighs are at an angle.

Universal Body Pillow

There is also a universal option of the foot pillow. These are models that adjust to human growth and weight gain and women often purchase them during pregnancy. Every woman who has ever been pregnant is aware that sometimes an attempt to lie down in bed often ends with a real nightmare, because a pregnant woman cannot choose a convenient position for her sleep.

A pillow between the knees that supports the muscles and ligaments of the knees and feet of a woman will help to ensure a comfortable sleep nights rest when pregnant. This is the most convenient model for pregnant women.


By Type of Pillow Filler

Polystyrene Ball

A pillow with polystyrene ball filler perfectly supports the legs, does not deform and quickly restores to shape. If you buy a high-quality product with a ball diameter of 1.5 cm, it will last 5-8 years and will not lose the original characteristics.

Natural Latex

Natural latex cushions are much more expensive than the polystyrene ball filler. This filler is well ventilated, so the feet don’t sweat even on the coldest night. By the way, it’s the latex leg cushions that they put on the bedridden to prevent bedsores. The latex is elastic and effectively supports the legs in the correct anatomical position. It is not crumbling or exposed to the negative effects of moisture, so if properly used, it will last 15 years.

Foam with Memory Effect

This innovative material fits perfectly into the contours of the body, so foam pads are laid between the knee joints affected by arthritis. There are models for those who sleep on their backs. The material is very comfortable and does not heat up even if the room is very hot.


Orthopedic knee pillows also can help if you have:

  • Varicose;
  • Swelling of the lower limbs, including after injuries;
  • Weak blood circulation in the legs (cold leg effect);
  • Arthrosis;
  • Arthritis;
  • Osteochondrosis, including in the thorax and cervical spine when recommending removal of the head cushion;
  • Muscle cramps;
  • Fracture and pain in the legs;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Respiratory failure.


Pros and Cons of an Orthopedic Sleeping Pillow


  • Suitable for allergies. It is known that every fifth inhabitant of the planet suffers from allergies!
  • A pillow with an anatomical effect can also help children in individual cases. But before buying it for a child, be sure to consult a doctor! Some people say that without medical grounds, the damage to a baby’s anatomical pillow would be substantial.   Pillows for small children have been shown to be dangerous.
  • Orthopedic foot cushions usually use high-tech fillers and maintain maximum hygiene because sleep should be healthy inside and outside.

And also a couple of facts in the PRO basket:.

  • Some models are useful in treating varicose veins.
  • Foot cushions relieve fatigue, swelling, tension. Your back relaxes and your spine straightens.
  • Can help lessen Insomnia and snoring.
  • If you have an injury that limits movement or a patient that is bed ridden these pillows can help eliminate bed sores.

On the negative side, perhaps there is only one.

Difficulty adjusting.   Getting used to your new orthopedic pillow can be tough when you’re not used to it. It usually takes a week to adapt. At this time, alternate between a familiar and a new model.


Conclusions on the usefulness and harm orthopedic of knee pillows.

The benefits of such pillows are obvious. It relieves tension, swelling, and prevents varicose vein disease. A pillow like this definitely needs to be bought and better before it’s too late.



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