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Did you know that using the best pillow for back pain can help alleviate it and let you sleep better? That's right! We all know how disruptive upper back pain and lower back pain can be when you're just trying to get some restful sleep, right? With the right kind of pillow beneath your head, you can maintain a healthy spinal alignment, which prevents your back pain from worsening.

A good spinal alignment can also speed up the back pain healing process! But finding the best pillow for back pain can be a daunting task if you don't know where to start. Fortunately, you're in the right place! Turmerry pillows are currently some of the best you'll find for cervical and lumbar support. Read on to find out how a Turmerry pillow can help you!

Buckwheat Pillow

$40.00

Latex Pillow

$79.00

Contour Pillow

$89.00

Organic Cotton Sateen Zippered Pillow Protector Cover

$25.00

Shredded Latex Pillow

$49.00

Hybrid Pillow : Natural Wool & Buckwheat

$50.00

Eggcrate Latex Side Sleeper Pillow

$79.00

Natural Wool Filled Pillows

$45.00

Cuboid Side Sleeper Pillow

$59.00

PAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Back pain can be disruptive when you're trying to get a good night's sleep, and a good pillow is essential to let it heal.
  • The ideal pillow for back pain will be made out of a material that provides long-lasting support and comfort to the spine and muscles.
  • Turmerry offers you 10 uniquely designed latex pillows made of durable and supportive materials like latex, buckwheat, and wool.
  • Most of our pillows can be customized to your desire, letting them provide the strength, contouring, and pressure relief required for a good night's sleep.
  • We would recommend our buckwheat pillow, molded solid latex pillow, and latex contour pillow as the best pillows for sufficient support and comfort.
  • Turmerry offers free shipping and easy returns on the pillows, making it simple for buyers to try them out without risk! You can always return them to us if they don't work.

What Makes a Pillow Ideal for Back Pain?

Best pillow for back pain

The "ideal" pillow for back pain differs from person to person. However, there are certain factors that play a part in deciding what pillow is right for your specific back pain. These factors include -

  • Proper Support - A pillow that provides impeccable head and neck support keeps the spinal alignment neutral. Ensuring a neutral spine posture is essential when it comes to your back pain healing without disruption. An unaligned spine can worsen your back and neck pain, leaving no room for healing.

  • Tailored Comfort - All the best pillows balance support with comfort, providing the necessary amount of pressure relief and contouring desired by you. Comfortable pillows are essential for two things: uninterrupted sleep and minimizing discomfort. Healthy sleep, without discomfort, can often speed up the healing process.

  • Pillow Material - Though a personal choice, pillow material can generally influence back pain. Certain pillow materials, like memory foam, are highly contouring but tend to lack proper support, leading to a risk of spinal misalignment. Other pillow materials, like latex, are capable of providing a balance between comfort and support.

  • Pillow Durability - Resilience in a pillow ensures that it remains supportive and comfortable for longer durations. If your pillow begins sagging after a few months or years, you put your spinal alignment at risk. It also prompts you to spend more of your hard-earned money on another pillow.

A pillow's support, comfort, material, and durability are all influenced by various other factors, including pillow height, firmness, etc. We'll discuss these in more detail below. For now, good support, comfort, material, and durability are the four factors that make a pillow ideal for back pain.

Turmerry Pillows Offer Many Benefits!

Natural latex pillows, buckwheat pillows, wool pillows - you ask for it, we've got it! Each Turmerry pillow is meticulously made by our wonderful employees using only the highest-quality materials available today.

Turmerry pillows

Our natural latex pillows are the ideal candidates to offer you an unparalleled sense of comfort and support. Harvested from organically grown rubber trees and manufactured through the Dunlop method, they are strong, resilient, responsive, and bouncy. Aside from strength, latex also possesses an innate plushness within, which lets it conform well to your body contours and provide exquisite pressure relief to your aching body.

Our buckwheat 'sobakawa' pillows are filled with buckwheat hulls, which adjust to the shape of your head and neck when you lay down on them. They are also a highly adjustable pillow type that lets you change their loft and firmness by adding/removing buckwheat hulls.

Our wool pillows are great at wicking away moisture and help regulate temperatures very well. The natural insulation property of wool makes for a cooling pillow during the summer and a warm pillow during the winter. Wool is also a strong, resilient fiber that is firm in the support it offers.

All three of our above-mentioned pillow types are cooling and free from harmful levels of chemicals. The excellent craft, the wonderful comfort, and the unmatched support offered by each of our pillow materials make them the right pillow to enjoy uninterrupted sleep! Moreover, all our pillows are customizable (in terms of size/loft/firmness) and eco-friendly, promoting a personalized, safe, and healthy climate in your bedroom.

Take Your Pick From Our Best Pillows!

Out of our 18 different kinds of pillows, we recommend 10 for the best comfort and support. See which one suits you best!

  1. Buckwheat Pillow

    Buckwheat hulls are strong, durable, and resilient materials. When filled into a pillowcase, they form a sturdy pillow that offers good support for the spine. By removing/adding buckwheat hulls, you can adjust the pillow firmness and thickness, essentially personalizing the comfort it offers.

    Customizations

    • Size - Travel, Mini, Neckroll, Lumbar, Standard, Queen, King

    Buckwheat pillow
  2. Molded Solid Latex Pillow

    Made from natural latex foam manufactured through the Dunlop technique, the molded solid latex pillow is bouncy, responsive, and contouring. The materials used in these pillows are certified by GOLS, GOTS, and OEKO-TEX, which ensures their eco-friendliness, safety, high quality, and durability. The molded solid latex pillow is firm in its support, exquisite in its pressure relief, perforated for cooling, and highly precise in responding to your movements.

    Customizations

    • Size - Standard, Queen, King

    • Loft - Mid Loft (5"), High Loft (6")

    • Firmness - Soft, Medium, Firm

    Molded solid latex pillow
  3. Latex Contour Pillow

    Our organic latex contour pillows are ergonomically designed to offer maximum contouring and pressure relief. Back and side sleepers find these orthopedic pillows to be ideal, as the curved latex surface provides enhanced pressure point reduction without sacrificing cervical spine support. They have a low loft (4") and a high loft (5") side. This cervical pillow is also good for anti-aging, anti-snore, and cuddling.

    Customizations

    • Firmness - Soft, Medium, Firm

    Latex contour pillow
  4. Shredded Latex Pillow

    Whereas our other latex pillows have a solid foam within, the shredded latex pillow contains finely shredded foam of latex. This makes it luxuriously softer and cooler than solid foam pillows, imparting a feeling akin to a down alternative pillow (without the harmful amount of chemicals). The shredded foam fill pillow conforms well to every sleep position and sleep style.

    Customizations

    • Size - Standard, Queen, King

    Shredded latex pillow
  5. Latex Half Moon Bolster Pillow

    The latex half-moon bolster pillow is meant to be placed between your legs, under your knees, or beneath the ankles. It helps with reducing the pressure on your back, relaxing the muscles therein, and providing soothing rest.

    Customizations

    • Firmness - Soft, Medium, Firm

    Latex half moon bolster pillow
  6. Convoluted Latex Contour Pillow

    Similar to our standard contour pillow, but with a convoluted, egg-crate-like foam design that better caresses your body than a plain foam design. Besides the enhanced contouring it offers, the convoluted latex contour pillow supports the spine pretty well too!

    Customizations

    • Firmness - Soft, Medium, Firm

    Convoluted latex contour pillow
  7. Latex Body Pillow

    Wrap up with this long, cylindrical body pillow in your arms and legs, and rest comfortably as it relieves pressure off your back! By acting as a crutch for your entire body, it provides a wonderful sense of support, thereby promoting proper spinal alignment.

    Customizations

    • Firmness - Soft, Medium, Firm

    Latex body pillow
  8. Latex Foam Seat Cushion

    Back pain isn't just a byproduct of a bad night's sleep. It can also arise from an uncomfortable sitting area or sitting posture. Our latex foam seat cushions conform beautifully to your buttocks and lower back, ensuring there isn't any undue pressure placed on these regions. They're also perforated for cooling. You can sit on them for a long duration without feeling the need to get up!

    Customizations

    • None

    Latex foam seat cushion
  9. Wool Neck Contour Pillow

    Our wool neck contour pillows are highly contouring to the neck region. With a contoured neck bolster on each side, these organic wool-filled pillows are aimed at personalizing neck support. The wool also provides firm support to reduce issues like excessive sinkage. They are gusseted, so you needn't fluff them very often, as they remain in full shape.

    Customizations

    • None

    Wool neck contour pillow
  10. Cuboid Side Sleeper Pillow

    Shaped like a 3D-printed cuboid, the cuboid side sleeper pillow is made of latex and is best used for side sleeping. Side sleepers require a firm, supportive pillow beneath their heads so as to avoid spinal misalignment. Our cuboid side sleeper pillows expertly fill the gap between your head and the bed when side-sleeping, keeping your spine intact at all times!

    Customizations

    • Size - Long (24 x 12 inches), Short (12 x 12 inches)

    • Loft - Low (4"), Medium (5"), High (6")

    • Firmness - Soft, Medium, Firm

    Cuboid side sleeper pillow

Put a cover over our pillow and keep it fresh!

Shield our pillows from outside impurities with an organic cotton cover, increasing their overall lifespan and making their maintenance process easier for you!

We recommend choosing from one of the many wonderful, eco-friendly covers we offer you -

Best Pillow for Back Pain - Buyer's Guide

What Are the Common Causes of Back Pain, and How Can a Pillow Help Relieve It?

Back pain is nothing new for a majority of people above the age of 30 and 40. It is usually brought on by factors such as -

Person with back pain

A supportive and comfortable enough pillow reduces the risk of inflaming your existing back pain. It does this by keeping your spinal alignment intact while ensuring proper support for the neck, head, and shoulders.

A well-aligned spine reduces the pressure on the back, allowing for back pain to heal without any disruptions. The ideal pillow for back pain will, however, differ for each individual.

What Type of Back Pain Can Be Alleviated Through a Good Pillow?

Acute back pain and Chronic back pain are the two types of back pain one can encounter.

The onset of acute back pain can be sudden, occurring due to common issues like muscle overuse, poor posture, injuries, etc. It is short-term, often lasting for around a few days or weeks, and can usually be resolved by taking rest and practicing good posture.

Chronic back pain builds up over time and occurs due to underlying issues like disc degeneration, arthritis, spinal stenosis, etc. It is long-term, often lasting more than 3 months. Resolving chronic pain will require medical intervention.

Acute vs. chronic back pain

A good pillow can best relieve acute back pain over chronic pain. Acute back pain can be relieved by indulging yourself in a healing environment, which a good pillow can certainly provide.

Chronic back pain sufferers may find a bit of solace with an ideal pillow, but it will not be enough to help them gain total freedom from their misery.

What Aspects of a Pillow Impact Its Ability to Provide Back Pain Relief?

There are a few important aspects of a pillow that you should be knowledgeable about before foraying into buying one. By gaining a general understanding of these aspects, you can implement your knowledge into seeking a pillow that is ideal for your back pain.

  1. Firmness

    To begin with, we have the firmness of the pillow. Soft, medium-firm, and firm are the three most common levels of firmness you can choose from.

    The firmness of your pillow ultimately decides how comfortable and supportive it will feel beneath your head. So, we recommend you try out a few different firmness levels from nearby stores before you finalize one. Generally, a medium firmness is thought to provide the proper balance between support and pressure relief for the average sleeper.

  2. Loft (Height)

    In terms of loft, a pillow mustn't be too high or too low. There is an in-between for every sleeper, and the best way to find this out is through trial and error. You can, however, roughly base it on your sleeping position. A low-loft pillow (below 3 inches) is recommended for stomach sleepers. If you're a side or back sleeper, then a medium-loft pillow (3-5 inches) is the recommended option.

    You should also consider your shoulder type if you're side sleeping. As a general rule of thumb, the broader your shoulders are, the higher the pillow should be. The ideal pillow loft would be one that keeps your head and neck aligned with the spine.

  3. Shape

    Pillows take on many unique shapes today, each defining the unique purpose they're meant to serve. This includes cervical pillows, contour pillows, body pillows, wedge pillows, etc.

    Standard pillow shapes may not be enough to relieve back pain in certain cases. Opting for other pillow shapes (cuboid/convoluted/cylinder), then, can get you a pillow that is tailored to your back pain needs.

    Pillow shape can also be dependent on your sleep posture. Certain shapes, such as a cuboid pillow, are best suited for side sleepers, whereas other shapes, such as a wedge pillow, may be better suited for back and stomach sleepers.

    Sleeping comfortably
  4. Size

    Some of us love to move around the entire pillow, covering every inch of it while we sleep. For restless sleepers like us, we need a sizeable pillow to provide constant support to our lumbar region. Otherwise, we'd just end up falling off the pillow in the middle of the night, eventually waking up with worsened back pain.

    Standard, Queen, and King are the three most common pillow sizes available today. Standard would do fine for sleepers who do not change their position much during the night. For combination sleepers/restless sleepers, queen and king-size pillows offer much more space, preventing them from falling off the pillow when moving around.

  5. Material

    There are two broad categories of pillow materials. One is foam, and the other is filled. In a foam pillow, such as latex or memory foam pillows, the firmness and loft are set during the customization and manufacturing process. In a stuffed (filled) pillow, such as cotton or buckwheat pillows, the firmness and loft can be adjusted anytime by adding/subtracting the material.

    The most common pillow materials in the market today are latex, memory foam, down, feather, cotton, polyester, and buckwheat. Besides firmness and loft, pillow materials also play a role in the support, comfort, breathability, and durability of the pillow.

  6. Cooling

    A cooling pillow beneath the head is an item many of us would prefer to have every night, often signified by the act of flipping our pillows to get to the cooler side! We do this because cooler temperatures often make for restful sleep, uninterrupted by the occasional sweat-drenched awakening when sleeping hot.

    Interrupted sleep at night lead to an increase in stress, anxiety, and distress during the day, which may end up affecting and worsening back pain. Always opt for a breathable pillow that allows unrestricted airflow through it.

Analyzing the Many Unique Pillow Shapes for Back Pain Relief

Aside from the standard pillow shape, the industry has seen an overflow of many ergonomic pillow designs, each specifically catering to back pain and neck pain relief in its own unique manner. Does the standard pillow shape suit you better than these designs? Or will your back pain require something unique? Let's find out!

Standard Pillows

Standard pillows often take the shape of a rectangle with curved edges. They aren't designed to specifically provide back pain relief, but more so to accommodate back sleepers, side sleepers, and stomach sleepers with ease.

However, while some people find this shape cozy enough to relieve pressure off their backs and necks, others find it pretty bland and uncomfortable. As per our expertise, standard pillows are by no means the "best" pillow for back pain.

Standard pillows

Cervical/Contour Pillows

Cervical/contour pillows tend to have a curved design that contours perfectly to the curvature of your cervical spine. They are best suited to relieve neck pain and shoulder pain for back and side sleepers.

The ergonomic design of these pillows is sought out by many sleepers today, as it is designed with pain relief in mind. Cervical/contour pillows are, therefore, a good pillow shape to consider for back pain.

Cervical/contour pillows

Cuboid Pillows

Cuboid pillows are shaped like a 3D rectangle with straight edges. They are great as a side sleeper pillow, as the shape fits side sleeping pretty well.

Back and stomach sleeping positions may find cuboid pillows to be a bit too high for their taste. As such, we'd only recommend cuboid pillows for side sleepers with back or neck pain.

Cuboid pillows

Wedge pillows

Wedge pillows are shaped like a narrow 3D triangle and aim to elevate your upper body when sleeping. Maintaining a raised upper body during back sleeping can sometimes relieve pressure on the back, neck, and shoulders.

Sleeping with a raised upper body isn't beneficial for everyone, though, and some may even find it very uncomfortable. Wedge pillows may not be the ideal pillow shape for your back pain relief.

Wedge pillows

Knee pillows

Knee pillows can be crescent-shaped to be placed beneath the knees or hourglass-shaped to place between the knees. The one's that go beneath the knees are for back sleeping. The one's that go between the knees are for side sleeping.

Knee pillows help align the hips and keep the spine neutral. They also reduce the pressure on the legs and lower back. Knee pillows can, thus, be one of the best pillow shapes for back pain.

Knee pillows

Body pillows

Body pillows are long, cylinder-shaped pillows that are designed to support the entire body. You can cuddle with them by placing them between your arms and legs. What this does is keep your spine neutrally aligned, thereby preventing the risk of your back pain worsening.

Side sleepers are the target audience for body pillows. Back sleepers and stomach sleepers may find this shape unfitting for their posture.

Body pillows

Comparing Pillow Materials: Which Ones Are Beneficial for Back Pain?

No matter how much you customize the dimensions of your pillow, the material will always play a huge role in the comfort it offers you. Let's go over the prominent pillow materials available today and see which ones benefit back pain best -

Latex Pillow

Latex is liquid rubber obtained from rubber trees, which is then processed into foam. Latex pillows are renowned for their springy, responsive, firm, contouring, and cooling properties.

They offer a balance between pressure relief and spine support, and can comfortably accommodate all sleeping positions. Latex has often been used to make various pillow types for neck pain and back pain sufferers, primarily due to the supportive properties it offers. Many find it helpful, while others may prefer a softer material.

Latex pillows are also some of the best cooling pillow types on the market right now, making them perfect for hot sleepers.

Latex pillow

Memory foam Pillow

Memory foam is obtained by adding chemicals to polyurethane that make it more viscous and denser. Memory foam pillows are renowned for the high body contouring it offers.

Memory foam conforms well to the body's contours, providing wonderful comfort to the sleeper. However, you may sink into traditional memory foam at times, which ends up straying your body away from the proper alignment it seeks.

Shredded memory foam and gel memory foam can counter this issue. Gel-infused memory foam is currently one of the best memory foam pillow types on the market. Pillows with shredded memory foam fill are also not behind, as they offer great cooling and comfort.

Memory foam pillow

Feather/Down Pillow

Feather pillows are made from bird feathers, while down pillows are made from fiber taken from the underside of a duck/goose. Down pillows are generally higher quality than feather pillows.

Both pillow types are soft and fluffy. They offer wonderful comfort, but at the cost of firm support. For back pain sufferers, an unsupportive pillow isn't ideal. Feather/down pillows are, therefore, not much effective for back pain relief.

Feather/Down pillow

Down Alternative Pillow

Down alternative pillows are made from synthetic fibers that mimic the feeling of a down pillow.

Like down pillows, they are great at providing soft comfort but may not provide enough support. We'd recommend back pain sufferers seek a firmer pillow than down alternatives.

Down Alternative Pillow

Cotton Pillow

Cotton is a wonderfully plush material with the capability to offer luxurious comfort. Cotton pillows flatten over time, though, becoming incapable of keeping your spine in a neutral alignment. We would recommend passing on cotton pillows, as a flatter pillow over time wouldn't bode well for back pain.

Cotton pillow

Polyfoam Pillow

Polyfoam is short for polyurethane foam, the very material that serves as the base for memory foam. Polyfoam pillows aren't as conforming as memory foam pillows, though.

They are also of cheaper quality and do not provide much durability. Polyfoam pillows provide very little, if at all any, benefits for back pain sufferers.

Polyfoam pillow

Buckwheat Pillow

Buckwheat hull is a strong, durable, organic material that serves as the fill for buckwheat pillows. You can customize these pillows in terms of their firmness and loft by adding and removing buckwheat hulls. Buckwheat pillows conform well to the head and neck, and their support can also be personalized to your preference.

Buckwheat pillow

Wool Pillow

Wool is the fiber obtained from the coats of sheep, goats, and other such animals. They're great at wicking moisture, regulating temperature, and offering firm support.

Wool pillows aren't as conforming as latex or memory foam, though. If you're seeking a higher level of support over contouring and pressure relief, then wool pillows may satiate your needs. If not, they won't be as effective as their counterparts.

Wool pillow

How Should You Position Your Pillow for the Best Back Pain Relief?

  • Back Sleepers

    Pillow 1 - Medium loft Pillow, Beneath the head and neck.

    Pillow 2 - Low loft Pillow, Beneath the knees.

  • Side Sleepers

    Pillow 1 - Medium/High loft pillow, Beneath the head and neck.

    Pillow 2 - Low loft pillow, Between the legs.

  • Stomach Sleepers

    Pillow 1 - Low/Very low loft pillow, Beneath the face.

    Pillow 2 - Low/Very low loft pillow, Beneath the hips.

Additional Tips for Relieving Back Pain

Tip 1: Aside from having a comfortable pillow to support your cervical spine, back pain will also require the effects of a good, medium-firm mattress in order to be alleviated. Latex, memory foam, and hybrid mattresses are currently thought to be some of the best mattress types to combat back pain.

Tip 2: Sleep on your side in a fetal position, as it is considered to be the best sleeping position for back pain. Don't forget to place a pillow between your legs! It helps alleviate pressure off the back.

Tip 3: Try to avoid sleeping on your stomach, as it is considered the least effective position for back pain relief. Your back could also be incurring the wrath of gravity in this sleep posture, which could eventually worsen your pain.

Tip 4: Unless your doctor has advised you not to, practice gentle stretches before bed. It loosens up a lot of the tight muscles in your back, reducing the tension present there.

Tip 5: Always practice good posture during the day. We may often unknowingly slip into a position of slouching or hunching over when we're lost doing something. This isn't healthy for the spine curve, and can even be a reason for why your back pain increases. Sit and walk with your back straight and shoulders relaxed.

Tip 6: Seek medical intervention. Don't be afraid to approach doctors, chiropractors, and other similar professionals who can deal with your back pain in a more effective manner!

Visiting doctor for back pain

Best Pillow for Back Pain FAQs

Which type of pillow is best for back pain?

According to us, a medium-loft cervical pillow is the type of pillow that is best for back pain. Medium loft (3 to 5 inches) works best for combination sleepers. The cervical pillow design can usually help improve your spine posture, placing it in a proper alignment.

Which type of pillows are good for neck pain and shoulder pain?

You can often find neck contour pillows/cervical pillows that can conform to your neck's contours and provide neck pain relief. Finding a good contour pillow for neck pain can also help with shoulder pain. Other pillow types that provide support, such as a body pillow, may also prove useful for shoulder pain relief. The best pillows for neck and shoulder pain, however, depend on your preferences, so we'd recommend trying a few pillow types in stores first.

Is a hard or soft pillow better for back pain?

A hard pillow is better for back pain, as it doesn't put your spine at risk of misalignment. But do not ignore contouring for pillow firmness. Go for a firm or medium firm pillow that can align your neck, head, and spine while also offering pressure relief.

Can the wrong pillow cause lower back pain?

Yes, sleeping on the wrong pillow can cause lower back pain. The wrong kind of pillows for back pain offers neither support to the spine nor comfort to the head. Spinal misalignment can become one of the major causes of lower back pain. Finding the best pillows for back pain, however, mitigates this issue to a great extent, helping you reduce lower back pain.

How should I sleep if my lower back hurts?

If your lower back hurts, sleep on your side, preferably in the fetal position. Place a supportive pillow beneath the head and a small pillow between the legs.

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