Have you every asked the question, what is a therapeutic pillow? Well, Pillow Talk has the answer for you.
A therapeutic pillow is used to aid patients in recovery from major and minor surgeries. Sometimes known as a post-op pillow or a cough pillow, therapeutic pillows were initially developed to ease the pain of heart surgery patients following their procedures.
A therapeutic pillow is generally used by lightly pressing the pillow against one’s chest when coughing (hence the term cough pillow) after surgery. The light pressure against one’s chest helps to ease the pain associated with the incision following surgery. The therapeutic pillow helps patients maintain uniform and effective sternal support during their healing process. In addition to reducing pain and discomfort, therapeutic pillows help reduce patient recovery time, possible side effects, and re-injury.
Since their inception therapeutic pillows have grown from being used solely for heart surgery recovery, to a wide variety of uses with other surgeries. From kidney surgery and lung surgery to physical therapy, therapeutic pillows have become essential in easing the healing process for patients recovering from surgery.
Another growing market where therapeutic pillows are widely used and highly regarded is in Pediatric Medicine. Pediatric therapeutic pillows are now widely used throughout the country, for children undergoing major and minor procedures. Pediatric pillows are often made slightly smaller in size, and with more children friendly images, like the happy hugger, used on them. Pediatric therapeutic pillows are a great way to help comfort children in an often uncomfortable and scary situation.
In addition to pediatric, custom therapeutic pillows have also become effective to use in various situations from fun keepsakes to emotional support. Therapeutic pillows have evolved to be useful for emotional support, hospital branding, and gifts, as well as, surgery recovery.
Therapeutic pillows have become a widely used and needed tool in the patient recovery process, so much so, that hospitals now give out the pillows as their gift to patients after surgery. Giving patients a respective heart, lung, liver, etc… pillow with the hospitals branding on it, is now a common occurrence at many hospitals throughout the country. Patients often keep these branded mementos from hospitals for years following their surgery, for comfort, security, and a reminder of their courage and bravery in trying times.