It’s no mystery as to why baths are a common remedy used in the chronic pain and illness community. Not only are they relaxing and rejuvenating, but they can also improve mental and physical wellbeing as well. One study has suggested that baths can improve heart health! For people with neck and back pain, chronic musculoskeletal conditions, and even athletes with chronically sore muscles – baths are a life changer. Unfortunately, baths can also be a burden when they cause added neck, shoulder and back pain or spasms. One way to prevent unwanted and uncomfortable pain while in the bath is by investing in bath pillows for tub neck and back support.
As mentioned earlier, baths can be therapeutic for both the mind and body. But let’s face it, even people with the bougiest kind of bathtub can be uncomfortable thanks to the hard and unforgiving porcelain many are made out of. Even hard ceramic tubs aren’t doing your neck, back and shoulders any favors. Make bathtime as relaxing and rejuvenating as possible with a bath pillow designed with comfort in mind. Bath pillows are great for people who enjoy indulging in frequent baths, but can’t stay put for too long because they start to feel pain. You can reap the full rewards of a warm bath with a little added help from a bath pillow.
Proper bath pillows will possess a few key qualities: it is easy to clean, small enough to stow away, universally sized to fit most tubs, have storage space and most importantly – be comfortable. The bathroom is one of the dirtiest rooms in your home, so it’s important to purchase a bath pillow that is super simple to clean. You don’t want to be throwing out your bath pillow because it is dirty with no way to be cleaned. Many pillows on the market are machine washable, so double check the pillow you want to get to ensure it has this capability. Another thing to look for is the size of the pillow. Bathtub pillows come in many different shapes and sizes, which can make it difficult to know exactly what size of pillow you’re going to get. Ensure you’re familiar with the dimensions of the pillow you’re purchasing and double check that it will be able to fit in your linen closet or under your bathroom sink for easy storage and retrieval. The dimensions of the pillow will also clue you in to if the product will actually fit in your tub or not – which is so important. A little luxury you can get in some bath pillows is added storage. Built-in pockets can hold anything from extra bath salt to extra snacks. These storage pockets can also be used to hold hand towels that are saturated with a few drops of your favorite essential oil to elevate your self care experience. Lastly, be sure that the bath pillow you purchase is made of comfortable and ergonomic materials that will take pressure off your neck, shoulders and back. This is key for people who struggle with chronic pain.
There are quite a few red flags you should be aware of when searching for the right bath pillow for you. First things first, never purchase an inflatable bath ‘pillow.’ These are incredibly uncomfortable and unreliable. Similar to pool floats, inflatable bath ‘pillows’ are made of a material that is prone to popping after a few uses so it won’t even be worth your initial investment when you have to throw it away and purchase another one. Another thing to look out for are bath pillows made of uncomfortable and non-breathable fabrics. Scratchy and non-breathable fabrics will quickly take your bath from relaxing to downright uncomfortable. It’s also not very sanitary as water can get trapped in the non-breathable fabric and cause a mold and mildew problem, sufficiently ruining your bath pillow. Also, bath pillows that cannot be installed and removed multiple times are not worth your money. It’s recommended that you invest in a bath pillow that uses suction cups so you can take the pillow on and off with ease as needed for regular cleanings of your tub and shower area. Lastly, double check that you’re buying a comfortable bath pillow and not one made of seemingly ergonomic plastic. These ‘pillows’ may look the same online, but will deliver completely different results. Bath pillows made of squishy and soft material are best for ultimate relaxation.
The bottom line is, if you suffer with neck, shoulder and back pain – bath pillows can be a great investment for you. Just be sure that you do a considerable amount of research before purchasing to ensure that your latest investment will actually help alleviate some of your ailments. The search may be daunting, but don’t get discouraged. Wonderful bath pillows for tub neck and back support are out there. You just need to find the right kind for you.