Medical References

TruContour is dedicated to evidence-based solutions to sleep problems associated with back and neck pain. The design of the TruContour Sleep System is based upon published medical literature and the input of our medical advisers.  TruContour is committed to educating patients about neck and back pain when sleeping, sleep positions with good posture and creative sleeping tips.  

TruContour believes that achieving better sleep quality by improving posture with ergonomic supports has unfulfilled potential, and that further scientific research is needed. 

TruContour supports information exchange among medical professionals. Below is a list of our key scientific references. If you are aware of a strong reference in this medical area that is not listed below, please forward the citation (and abstract if possible). In addition, we would be interested in any other feedback or inquiries you may have.

Key scientific references

  1. Back and bed: ergonomic aspects of sleeping, Bart Haex. CRC Press, c2005. Print ISBN: 978-0-415-33297-2
  2. Biomechanical effects of a lumbar support in a mattress, Normand MC, Descarreaux M, Poulin C, Richer N, Mailhot D, Black P, Dugas C.J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2005 Jun;49(2):96-101.
  3. Cervical pain: a comparison of three pillows, Lavin RA, Pappagallo M, Kuhlemeier KV. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1997 Feb;78(2):193-8.  Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  4. Clinical applications of neuromuscular techniques, Leon Chaitow, Judith Walker DeLany. Churchill Livingstone, 2000
  5. Comorbid subjective health complaints in low back pain, Hagen EM, Svensen E, Eriksen HR, Ihlebaek CM, Ursin H. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2006 Jun 1;31(13):1491-5.
  6. Manipulative therapy in rehabilitation of the locomotor system 3rd ed., Lewit, Karel. Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999.
  7. Myofascial pain and dysfunction : the trigger point manual 2nd ed., Travell & Simons. Williams & Wilkins, c1999
  8. Objective and subjective assessment of sleep in chronic low back pain patients compared with healthy age and gender matched controls: a pilot study, O'Donoghue GM, Fox N, Heneghan C, Hurley DA. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2009 Oct 2;10:122.
  9. Posture for a healthy back. Document #4485, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. ©Copyright 1995-2009 http://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_living/back_health/hic_posture_for_a_healthy_back.aspx
  10. Sleep disturbance in patients with chronic low back pain, Marin R et al. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. (2006)
  11. Sustained effects of comprehensive inpatient rehabilitative treatment and sleeping neck support in patients with chronic cervicobrachialgia: a prospective and randomized clinical trial, Bernateck M, Karst M, Merkesdal S, Fischer MJ, Gutenbrunner C. Int J Rehabil Res. 2008 Dec;31(4):342-6.
  12. The effect of posture on the lumbar spine, Adams MA. Hutton WC. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - British Volume. 67(4):625-9, 1985 Aug.
  13. The resting spine - A conceptual approach to the avoidance of spinal reinjury during rest, Gracovetsky SA. Phys Ther. 1987 Apr;67(4):549-53.