The most common reason for shoulder pain at night is impingement syndrome of the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a group of tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Impingement occurs when the tendon is pinched between two bones--the acromion and the humerus. This causes an achy feeling in the shoulder that can radiate down the arm or to the neck. Sleeping on your side puts the weight of your body onto your shoulder and forces the humerus into the acromion, pinching (or impinging) the rotator cuff tendon in between. Chronic impingement of the tendon can eventually lead to a rotator cuff tear.
The Shoulder Pillow is a unique design patented by orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Craig Tingey. The idea is to support the torso and head while unloading the shoulder and reducing impingement of the rotator cuff. This is unlike any other "orthopedic pillow" on the market. The ingenious design allows the shoulder to remain in a comfortable, uncramped position while you lie on your side, affording you relief from your nighttime shoulder pain. Even if you don"t have shoulder pain, you will enjoy the way this comfortable pillow helps you "get some sleep!"
The Shoulder Pillow design allows you to sleep both on your back and on your side, and turning from one to the other is easy and natural. When your laying on your back, the shape of The Shoulder Pillow contours nicely to the lumbar and cervical curvatures of the spine. It holds your upper body at an incline, a position that has been recommended by doctors to relieve many problems including snoring, sleep apnea, heartburn, sinus congestion, and pulmonary congestion. Then as you turn on to your side, the shoulder easily falls into the cutout on the pillow, while the chest wall and head are comfortably supported. And of course The Shoulder Pillow is symmetric and reversible, so just flip it over to sleep on your other side.
Not only is the shape of The Shoulder Pillow original, but the unique construction with different materials is essential for the overall comfort and support. At the core of The Shoulder Pillow is high grade polyurethane foam--lightweight and resilient--which maintains the essential shape and form of the pillow. This is bonded to supple memory foam in key portions of the pillow where comfort and cushioning is needed. The final product is covered in a soft cotton cover that is removable and washable. All the materials are hypoallergenic.