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The Right Mattress for Lower Back Pain

By Sara Butler

When you sleep on the wrong mattress, it can cause back pain or make the back pain even worse. A question often received at The Joint is how to find the best mattress for your back. The answer to that question isn’t simple because a good mattress has a lot to do with your individual needs. But the chiropractors at The Joint do a have a few tips to help you find a mattress that can help you alleviate or avoid lower back pain.

Personal Preference

Ultimately, the biggest determining factor when it comes to mattresses is personal preference. There is no mattress type or style that will work best for everyone. Any mattress that can help you sleep without pain or waking up stiff is the right mattress for you.

For people with low back pain, it’s important to find a mattress that meets your standards for support and comfort, allowing you to get a good night’s rest.

Understand the Mattress

You may think that mattresses are pretty basic but the world today is full of all kinds of mattress technology that you need to understand before settling on the right mattress for you. For example, there are coil and innerspring mattresses, and each mattress offers a different number of coils or arrangement of coils for support. There’s also the padding on top of the mattress that comes in a variety of thicknesses. You have to know the number of coils that are right for you and the depth of the pad on the mattress top that is most comfortable!

The Right Support

A good mattress will support the natural curves of your spine and keep your spine in proper alignment. This is what helps you to avoid stiffness and soreness when you wake up in the morning. There’s not a ton of clinical information out there about mattresses but some studies have found that medium-firm mattresses provide better relief from back pain than a firm mattress.

Know When to Buy

If you have an old mattress that visibly sags, then it’s time for a new one. The age of your mattress is one of the biggest factors you can control that will add to your comfort and reduction of back pain. In general, a mattress needs to be replaced every 10 years or so, sooner if you notice visible sagging.

Your mattress is important when it comes to helping any low back pain. So make sure you have the kind of mattress you need for support!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Orlando, Fla. 


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