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Gx for Physios
Gx for Physios
As a Physiotherapist you’ll understand the importance of a good sleeping position - one that keeps the head, neck and spine aligned – both for the prevention of musculoskeletal injury and to aid recovery from such injuries.
The Physios we’ve spoken to while developing the Gx Pillow tell us that one of the questions they get asked most frequently is “What is the best pillow for my head/neck/shoulder/back?” Most conventional pillows lack the structure needed to keep the neck supported effectively, particularly for people who sleep on their back or side. A conventional pillow may start out reasonably supportive but as the night progresses the pillow tends to flatten and spread out leaving the head lower so that the neck is curved downwards and out of alignment with the spine.
The results of this pillow collapse can be head, neck, back or shoulder pain and the compounding factor of disturbed sleep - a vicious circle of pain and poor sleep develops. Memory foam pillows with an integral neck support can help but they are too hard and unforgiving for most sleepers – what is needed is a pillow that offers balances softness for comfort and support for a healthy sleep posture.
Here at Gx Pillows we have spent the last few years developing pillows that combine those two key factors. By starting from first principles and adopting a scientific approach we have arrived at a solution.
Internal bracing is the engineering answer to the problem of pillow collapse, we devised an arrangement of two cross shaped ‘ties’, slightly narrower than the width of the pillow, that hold the pillow in shape once the weight of the head and neck is applied.
The configuration of these ties forms a slight hollow in the centre of the pillow for the head and the downward pressure on the ties causes them to pull the edges of the pillow in and up providing the necessary support under the neck.
Thus the neck support part of the pillow is formed but rather than being hard and immobile like a memory foam pillow it remains soft and adjusts as the sleeper moves during the night.
The internal ties are made of soft cotton so they cannot be felt by the sleeper, they also act to separate the pillow into two ‘compartments’ which help keep the specially developed filling in place. The filling is as important as the bracing, it’s this component that provides the softness and comfort that reassures the sleeper that they will get a good night’s sleep. We have two filling options: -
In addition to the internal ties and our specially developed filling our pillows have another unique feature to aid restful sleep. One of the most common complaints about pillows is that they get too hot - stopping patients getting to sleep or waking them up during the night. Again we have applied some science to the problem of the pillow warming and come up with an ingenious solution. One end of the pillow has an integral air vent – a strip of highly porous voile ribbon - which allows the pillow to breathe. As the sleeper moves about slightly warm air is pushed out and cool air is drawn in, imagine a very gentle bellows effect, keeping the pillow cool throughout the night.
A pillow designed, developed and manufactured in the UK that has already helped tens of thousands of people achieve a better night’s sleep. We understand that Physiotherapy is an evidence-based practice but we also place great emphasis on the practical experiences of our thousands of customers. We have testimonials from customers with all kinds of physical complaints who have benefitted from the unique combination of comfort and support.
Liz, High Wycombe
“Finally, a pillow which doesn’t hurt my head and neck (arthritis). I thought at first it might be too firm (Bought the medium soft one) But it does just what it says on the tin and I thoroughly recommend it. Am about to buy two more!”
“Much like other reviewers, I have bought many pillows in an attempt to find one which supports my neck & shoulders. This one really works - after a couple of nights' adjustment, the long-term pain in my shoulder disappeared, and I am enjoying a really restful night's sleep - fantastic! Also great customer service - thank you!”
“After reading reviews I bought the medium-soft pillow. After trying a memory foam pillow which I could not sleep on…too uncomfortable...I bought the Gx...wow. Best night's sleep in many years...pure heaven to sleep on... fantastic pillow. Thank you.”
“These pillows are fantastic and the most comfortable I have ever had. I suffer from neck problems and have been able to cut back on painkillers in the week that I have been using them, they are supportive and cosy and I would fully recommend them.”