What Is A Cervical Collar
A cervical collar or brace is used to limit the range of neck motion after a surgical procedure, such as a disc operation or spine surgery or where someone suffers from neck pain due to an accident or some medical condition. It can be used to help prevent further neck pain.
When used correctly, a cervical collar can be a beneficial treatment for many neck pain conditions. Some people wear them for car journeys, where the vibration and motion of the car causes pain in their neck. Others wear them at night and some people wear them constantly for a period of time, while recovering from surgery or an injury. A cervical collar can be soft and squishy or a hard plastic brace.
When Should You Use a Cervical Brace?
Cervical collars are helpful after certain surgical procedures to protect the neck and spine. While cervical collars can provide relief in many cases, they should not be used for long periods of time. In some cases, they can actually make the pain worse by restricting the range of motion and increasing stiffness. These collars are usually prescribed by doctors or physiotherapists.
How a Cervical Collar Treats Sleep Apnea
There are several different reasons listed above for wearing a cervical collar, most of which are medical or surgical and related to surgery on the neck or injury such as whiplash. There is, however, anecdotal evidence that wearing a neck brace for sleeping in bed at night can reduce the level of snoring and may even stop or reduce sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Cervical Collar
It seems that the collar keeps the head in the correct position for easy breathing and this keeps the airways open so lessening or stopping snoring and keeping the wearer breathing, so stopping the sleep apnea. It should go without saying that neck collars used for trying to prevent snoring should be used only when sleeping, not at any other time.
The video below describes how one man improved his wife’s snoring and sleep apnea problems with the use of a sleeping neck brace he purchased locally, after researching the problem online.