I have always enjoyed the outdoors, Alaska bush work, and its physical demands. Because of an auto accident that herniated a disc in my lower back and neck I could no longer use a conventional bed pillow. If my neck was bent at all, pain would radiate into my shoulders. After months of experimentation I designed and developed, a satisfactory pillow for my head and neck. I call it an adjustable spine alignment pillow; ASAP. It worked so well I applied for and received a provisional patent, the non-provisional patent is now pending.
I then went to work on a pillow for my back. I used to spend a lot of time sleeping on my side but that no longer works for me as too much pain quickly develops in my shoulders, neck, and lower back. I made ALP, the Adjustable Lumbar Pillow. I made a lot of revisions. I’d try one for a few days and change the design. I’d get prototypes made, try, and redesign. ALP was tough to get really good. With my bad back and neck, I was the perfect test subject and doing this for myself.
It took several tries for me to discover that for me I had to keep my hips from rolling down, when I lay down. This seemed counter intuitive. I wound up by having memory foam cut to my specs. Making expensive molds was not practical because I hadn’t settled on a final design. After calling, emailing, and researching all the USA pillow manufacturers I could find, the only place I could find willing to work with me was in China. They could quickly change the prototype to fit my many revisions. They introduced me to a variety of densities of memory foam and could cut the form I wanted instead of having to make a mold.
For ASAP after over a hundred phone calls, emails and investigations and having found only one sewing contractor in Los Angeles with limited capabilities and no pillow Mfrs. I went to both India and China for that. If anyone can recommend a bed pillow mfr. In the USA willing to make the ASAP for me, I will be appreciative. A mfr. now, not an importer. If the ASAP sells well enough, maybe I can start making them here.
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