Thanksgiving week 2015, my dad and I were rear-ended while driving on the interstate, and I had awful whiplash as a result (thankfully, no one else was injured). Later on, we learned I had more extensive damage in my neck, something that I still struggle with to this day. As a result, I have tried almost every neck pillow on the market in an attempt to find something that is comfortable for my neck. Here are five of my favorite pillows for recovering from whiplash or for those with chronic neck pain. I do not receive any compensation for these reviews, and I don’t get a commission if you buy the products either. I only share products that I absolutely love.
The Trtl pillow (pronounced like turtle) wraps around the neck similar to a scarf, or a neck brace. The firm support side can be positioned anywhere on the neck, but I enjoyed having it on the side of my neck so I could lie down comfortably, though it also is nice wrapped around the front of the neck. It is made of fleece material and can easily be washed. Get it here.
The Moon Pillow is one of the many Yogibo products I adore (full review here) and it helped me sleep, even though my neck was in severe pain. I positioned it between my pillow and shoulders when lying down for additional neck support, and frequently leaned against it as well. It feels very firm, but is smooth and does not make any noise- no worries about hearing the beads swish around. Get it here.
The infinity pillow is a long, closed tube that resembles an infinity scarf. It can be worn in many different ways, including being wrapped around the neck, and reminds me of my favorite BeautyRest pillows (more on those here). It is the least firm out of all of the pillows on this list, so it’s best used after the worst of the pain has passed. Get it here.
Cabeau 360 Pillow
This is the firmest and most supportive pillow on this list, as it heavily resembles a neck brace. It is filled with memory foam and keeps the neck in place, while being surprisingly comfortable. I love having this in the car, as I can fall asleep without worrying about awful neck spasms. It’s also easy to wedge an ice pack between the pillow and the skin. Get it here.
Chin-supporting Neck Pillow
This is the newest neck pillow I have gotten, and I have discovered it is perfect for plane rides. It wraps around your neck, sort of like a snake. I like that it provided a lot of support for my chin and kept my head from dropping. Some people have reported the pillow fits very tightly for them, though I actually like the tightness because it helps to hold my head in place. Get it here.
To anyone reading this post out of necessity, I hope you feel better soon! Whiplash can be awful, and having a pre-existing condition can make the pain seem absolutely unbearable. But these pillows, along with medical care, can help tremendously with recovery.