Drawing on our decades of professional experience of actually correcting people’s neck curvatures and spinal alignment, we worked tirelessly to create a pillow of unmatched comfort that truly helps improve and maintain people’s neck curvatures and spinal alignment while sleeping.
During the evolution of designs leading to the insanely comfortable Dr. Marink’s pillow, we utilized x-ray studies to see precisely how each version affected the curvature of the cervical spine (neck) and spinal alignment. Once we finalized the design and construction of the Dr. Marink’s pillow, we conducted comparative case studies to see how a Dr. Marink’s pillow compared to other pillows on the market. We think the results speak volumes! As you read through the studies below, you might hear a voice in the back of your head telling you to throw out your current pillow and get yourself a Dr. Marink’s pillow right away so you can get better sleep – don’t worry a number of people have done this and it turned out very, very well for them!
What is normal lordotic curvature?
Barring any rare birth abnormalities or physical trauma early in your life, after you are born your cervical spine (neck) naturally develops a curve referred to as normal cervical lordotic curvature. When viewed in an x-ray, this is shown as a slight curvature from the base of the skull to the bottom of the neck that gently curves towards the chin. The neck’s normal curvature is typically within a +17cm to +24cm degree arc (the green lines in the image to the left). This position is the natural way your neck should rest when you stand or sit looking straight ahead, referred to as your neck’s natural rested state.
When a person’s neck is outside of this normal range, our treatment of thousands of patients along with extensive medical studies have shown that ailments such as degenerative cervical arthritis, herniated discs, headaches, carpal tunnel, loss of range of motion, neck and shoulder pain, snoring, tight muscles, muscle spasms, inability to sleep through the night without waking and other pain is experienced much more frequently than in individuals with normal neck curvature. In addition, the longer one’s neck is in an abnormal state, the more likely these symptoms are to increase in frequency and severity.
And now a sample of what we found…
The case studies below include actual x-rays of subjects taken while lying on a Dr. Marink’s pillow as well as other pillow designs that claim their pillows position the neck in a natural state. The details are below but here’s an overview of what we found:
- Most pillows that claim to position the neck in the proper anatomical position do not do so.
- Dr. Marink’s pillows allow the cervical spine to achieve normal lordotic curvature. This effect occurred in patients who naturally have a normal lordotic curve, as well as those who don’t.
Below are x-rays of five study subjects – they will be referred to as Patients A through E. The green lines in the x-ray images represent normal lordotic curvature. The red lines indicate abnormal lordotic curvature.
Patient “A” has lost her normal natural lordotic cervical curvature due to an injury.
- The first image depicts the subject’s neck while standing and naturally holding her head upright. It shows the neck has abnormal lordotic curvature, or a reversed curve.
- The center image shows that the subject’s neck is restored to near normal lordotic curvature when she rests her head on a Dr. Marink’s pillow.
- The last image shows that the subject’s abnormal curvature of the neck remains when resting her head on the polyester-filled pillow she typically uses at home. This abnormal curvature remains because the pillow does not offer the proper support.