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Back Pain and Sleep: Firm, Soft or Chiropractor?

By Stephen R. Farris

Have you ever wondered how our ancestors got a good night's sleep? I mean, after toiling in the hot sun on the farm or doing construction work for long hours there was bound to be some sort of back-related problems. Even for folks that worked inside all day as well, sitting for long periods of time at a desk. And we know, through history, the equipment they used wasn't the most comfortable, whether it was riding on a tractor or sitting in a chair.

So they had to have experienced back pain at one point or another in their lifetime. You can rest assured, by the end of their workday they were ready to go home and seek the comfort of their bed. From my own experience, growing up, I slept on a medium-firm mattress. It did the job as needed and I can't remember experiencing back pain at that age. Of course, that was in our household. Oftentimes we would visit relatives -- mainly our ones in the country -- and end up spending the night or weekend. Almost all of those relatives slept on really soft mattresses. I mean, really soft. Yes, it was very nice, but I couldn't imagine sleeping on one all of the time.

In today's world, we are inundated with all types of mattress styles. Ones with numbers, others that offer heating or cooling. Some even have built-in massage. They can adjust to our weight. The options are phenomenal and finding the right one, the perfect one for your body type can prove difficult. Especially if you experience back pain quite often.

How Do I Get Relief?

Good question, so here are a few things you might need to know. First and foremost, if you are experiencing frequent back pain, it might be time to go visit your local chiropractor. Second, staying in bed due to back pain is not always the right choice. If you are experiencing excruciating pain, then try to limit bed rest to a few hours per day. Again, a visit to the chiropractor can result in better answers for your condition and suggestions for treating your pain. Too much bed rest can result in developing more harmful conditions as well.

Which Mattress is Best?

There is no one correct answer. However, certain studies have shown that sleeping on medium-firm to firm mattresses offered those testers a better, less painful nights sleep. People suffering from joint pain may opt for a foam or memory foam mattress, which may help relieve stress. Bottom line, you have to do your homework to find out what's best for you.

There are other ways to relieve back pain and still get a comfortable night of rest. You might try sleeping with more pillows under your head, or using a pillow between your knees to take pressure off your spine. But still, your best option is to consult with your chiropractor. It could be something that can be solved through chiropractic treatment and may not be your mattress causing the problem.

If you have any questions about what kind of mattress you need to benefit your bath, you can expect to get some good insight from the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

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

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