Why Spinaleze Pillows?
The Spinaleze support Pillows are the result of over 10 years of thorough research and testing, and have been shown to have significant impacts on the way people sleep. A Leading Sydney Chiropractic Clinic has been involved in researching and clinically trialling the Spinaleze with patients who presented back, neck and associated chest problems.
Sleep research since 1999 by researchers such as C.A. Kushida et al has shown a relationship between the cervical (neck) positioning and the occurrence of sleep apnoea.
The Spinaleze Pillow brings together correct positioning of the head, neck and internal airway passages with the SpinalezeTM support pillow, and allowing machines to have the appropriate effect and impact for which they are designed.
The Spinaleze Support - Patent No: 157892
The design of Spinaleze involved testing supportive prototypes and the averaging of patients’ shoulder widths and neck circumferences, taking into consideration the weight of the human brain and skull.
The Spinaleze support Pillow was designed to encourage:
Optimal Oxygen Intake - supporting neck & throat position with no misalignment of the airway.
Cervical Alignment - correct height maintaining cervical lordotic curvature.
Spinal Facet Joint Support - 18 facet joints cushioned avoiding lateral misalignment.
Airway Opening - no compression of face or chin pushed towards chest that restrains airflow.
Cervical Muscle Support - muscles in maximum contact with pillow with no air gaps.
The Efficacy of CPAP Device – can operate at a more comfortable prescribed pressure.
Patient Comfort & Positioning – cervical torsional misalignment through shoulder rotation can restrict the airway passage and result in reduced lung capacity and disturbed sleep.
Once satisfied with the design and shape of the Spinaleze support the next step was to find a material which was not dense, resistive or which caved under head pressure.
The Spinaleze material is a lightweight memory visco-elastic derivative, having controlled slow release with a progressive shape return rate. This non-aggressive behaviour together with the aid of the SpinalezeTM design would promote support and comfort in sleep and maintain the same acquired sleeping position.
EVIDENCE OF NECK POSITION AND EFFECTS ON SLEEP-DISORDERED BREATHING
Studies by Kushida et al 1999 and again in 2001 showed subjects with mild cases of the Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome showed improvement in the severity of their snoring and sleep disordered breathing using a custom designed pillow.
Isono et al 2004 showed the importance of neck and mandibular position for determining collapsibility of the pharynx.
Nakano et al 2003 looked at the effects of body position on snoring in apnoeic and nonapnoeic snorers. Seventy-two patients underwent overnight polysomnography.
Studies by Makofsky 1997 led to his recommendation that the use of cervical support pillows be considered as an adjunctive treatment modality in patients suffering from snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea.Based on scientific and clinical evidence
Oksenberg et al 2000 demonstrated the association of body position and the severity of apnoeic events in patients with severe nonpositional obstructive sleep apnoea. Polysomnographic and Respiratory Disturbance Index (RDI) evaluated.
Mador in Chest 2005 writes, “ Body position during sleep influences the frequency of apnoeas and hypopnoeas in 50% to 60% of individuals with obstructive sleep apnoea,” and further; “Positional sleep apnoea is common in patients with milder disease who have smaller neck circumferences and positional therapy has the potential to be an effective therapy in a significant proportion of patients with sleep apnoea”. 128:2130-2137 . Three hundred and twenty six patients , including fifty seven patients underwent a split night study and two hundred and forty two patients underwent polysomnography.
Studies by.Zuberi et al 2004 conclude that a uniquely designed pillow is effective in reducing the number of events in patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea. RDI 5 to 19 for mild and RDI 20 to 40 for moderate sleep apnea.
Investigations by Chaudhary et al1986 showed that sleeping in the lateral posture may be therapeutic in some patients with sleep apnoeas.