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The Best Bed for Back Pain

By Sara Butler

Many people ask their chiropractor how to find the best bed to help with their back pain. While many people want an easy answer to this question and wish there was just one kind of bed that could cure all your back pain ills, the truth is that the answer to the question really depends on you. However, there are some things you can look for in general to help you find a bed that will help you wake up with reduced back pain. Here’s what you should keep in mind when you buy a new mattress so you can find one supportive to you.

Why You Need a Supportive Bed

Your spine goes through a lot in the day. You might sit for hours at your desk working, or you may stand a lot during the day. Whatever your back goes through in a day, it needs a good place to rest at night.

The discs that cushion the bones in your spine use the nighttime to regenerate and recuperate by taking in water. That’s why you need to sleep in a position that promotes the free flow of fluid in your spine when sleeping. This helps to keep your spinal discs healthy and nourished and helps to keep back pain at bay, too.

This is one of the reasons a supportive bed is so important; it needs to support the natural curves of your spine. Buy a bed that is too firm or too soft and you will lose this very important action in the night that keeps your back healthy.

What a Good Bed Does – Specifically

You should be able to lie on your bed completely stretched out to the point where your head may feel lower than the rest of your body. This means that your back’s curvature is being supported well and will allow for sufficient decompression as you sleep at night.

The Features of a Good Bed

You will need to try out different mattresses to get a feel for them, but dense pocket spring mattresses are pretty good to accomplish proper support. They have independent springs that help to give you proper support. Innerspring mattresses are good too, but as a rule of thumb, the best bed is going to be one that is firm, resilient and doesn’t give too easily under your weight. 

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

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