I had this question on my YouTube channel that I would like to bring to your attention, because I know a lot of other people wonder about this, too.
My answer to this is (you can also see it in the comments area, under the video, see PS.) that we need to understand that the problem is not the pillow.
A lot of people (and businesses) spend a lot of money on ergonomic furniture or items and are still in pain. This is because the problem isn’t the furniture/item they are using but the body.
For instance, if you understand how the body is designed to sit and if you put it into practice, any old chair will do to sit on, and you won’t be in pain.
However, if you sit awkwardly and don’t understand how to correct your sitting posture, then there will be no chair in the world that will help you to sit well and stay away from pain.
Now, I am not saying that ergonomic items aren’t good or worth your money.
They can, in fact be very helpful.
But, first you need to understand what’s going on in your body or the way you’re using it that might be creating the misalignments and imbalances that are giving you the discomfort and pain.
The same applies to pillows.
If you have years of misalignments and imbalances in the body (most of us do!), you need to pay attention to these and do something about them. If you don’t then, my friend, any pillow (or chair, etc) you come across will ‘suck’.
I don’t want you to be fooled by all the clever marketing and go down the route of expensive ergonomic items.
I know all you want is to get better.
This is my wish, too, and that’s why I’m giving you some ‘tough love’.
A much more intellegent move is to invest your time and money in movement/exercise classes and (knowledge) learning how the body works, because this is the only way out of pain, to have good posture and to look good.
Then, you can buy whatever item you want to support the knowledge you’ve gained and work you did beforehand.
So, I suggested to Jairus (who asked the question) to do some exercises I have on my YouTube channel to start addressing the problems in the body.
I’m glad to report that Jairus realises that what I’m saying makes sense and that he has been doing some of the exercises and is feeling much better.
One last suggestion I want to share with you is to not rely on props too much because when you are out and about you might not have them – you can’t always control your environment.
The only thing you can control and rely on is you and your body, so take good care of yourself and your body, invest in what really makes a difference.
Does this make sense to you too?
Let me know, in the comments area under this blog post your thougths or questions about this matter.
PS. Here is the link to the video on my YouTube channel, where this conversation took place.
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