Sometimes it is necessary for me to use a collar,
but it has many disadvantages and I can not buy a collar that is good for me.
A collar of firm foam which is high enough for me, does not seem to exist.
Also the way they provide support, is in a unpleasant way.
In addition to that, the collars which are higher are also provide less support.
The manufacturers make a collar for several neck circumferences and different heights.
For a certain type of collar, foam of a certain thickness is used.
If a collar is twice as high, the collar also becomes a lot weaker.
So the collar would have to use (two times) thicker foam for the same support.
As far as I know, there is no manufacturer that takes this into account.
I have material for years to make my own neck collar,
but I did not succeed yet.
It is not easy to make something that gives good support.
The ideal neck collar for me, would transfer half the weight of my head onto my shoulders,
and it would reduce the movement of my head (if I am in a car as a passenger) by half.
A neck collar of firm foam:
Brand: GM / Bort
Sometimes I use a neck collar (or neck brace) of firm foam.
Especially when I'm in a car as a passenger, I usually use a neck collar.
I have a neck collar for an average circumference, and for the longest neck.
However, that one is not high enough for me. So I wrap two kitchen towels around it.
With those towels it was not high enough, so I combined this collar with a cheap
inflatable collar, that I put underneath it.
In 2012 I bought a new one (the third one of this brand), but it turned out that the
manufacturer had changed the foam. The collar was too soft for me, and I didn't have
a good collar anymore.
Below are my three GM / Bort neck braces:
I bought the one on the left about in 1993, the second one in about 2001, and the one on the right in 2012.
Because my older GM / Bort neck braces did no longer satisfy and the model of 2012 was too soft,
I went looking for something else. I bought a few different types and collars
which were also available in higher sizes.
Below are my neck braces:
None of those neck braces was good for me.
Below is a neck collar with memory foam:
In 2011 I had to use a neck collar at night sometimes, to be able to sleep.
In the long term it seems to me that it can be disadvantageous,
because the upper part of my neck is weak, and this way it can only get weaker.
To minimize the adverse effects a little, I added a layer of memory foam to the neck collar.
As the picture shows, I first place a pillow case.
Then a plate of memory foam 50 x 35 cm and 2 cm thick.
And then a low (small) neck collar of firm foam.
I put that on, with the pillow case against my neck.
I fold the top and bottom back, over the collar, like the second picture shows.
In 2019 it turned out that both brands no longer supply the same neck collar.
They have their own collars now. They both make neck collars of 11 cm height, there are not
many manufacturers that make that height. The 11 cm height is still too low for me.
The brands are:
• GM Medical bv, the Netherlands.
• BORT GmbH, Germany.
GM Medical has a neck collar of firm foam, the type is still "GM051".
However, the BORT neck collar has a better fit.
I still have my neck collar from 1993, which is firm and has a good fit.
That's why I use my neck collar from 1993 for my
For inflatable neck collars, see inflatable neckbraces.
For my attempts to make a homemade neck brace with head support,
see my page: Trying to make a neck brace with head support.
Last change to this page: October 2019