Choosing the right mattress is essential for those who suffer with back pain. The wrong mattress can exacerbate back pain, but the right mattress can allow your guests to sleep with ease – and happy guests come back (and leave positive reviews!).
Around 160,000 people in England have been diagnosed with back disorders.
Finding the best mattress for back pain
In gerneral, there are 3 main types of mattress firmness:
- Soft mattresses often provide good comfort and pressure-point relief, but may lack in adequate support which can make bad pain worse.
- Medium support tends to be firm enough to provide adequate support, as well as being soft enough to be comfortable and provide pressure-point relief.
- Firm mattresses often provide good spinal support, but can be uncomfortable.
In general, most people prefer a firmer mattress when they have back pain, as a firm mattress provides the spine with more support.
However, Tim Hutchful, from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), said: “A mistake that people often make when choosing a new mattress is thinking the firmer the better. This is not always true – one bed does not fit all.”
If the mattress is too hard it can cause aches and pains in the body's pressure points, such as the hips. People who sleep on their sides may also feel more sensitive to firmer mattresses.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam was originally designed by NASA to keep astronauts healthy and comfortable whilst undergoing the incredible G-forces of shuttle launches.
Today, we use it to sleep on, and over the years it’s become a popular choice of mattress. Memory foam is responsive to body heat and so moulds to your body, offering independent support and negating any pressure points.
Common problem areas such as the lower back, shoulders, neck and hips are supported, allowing the muscles to relax. This makes for a comfortable and undisturbed night’s sleep.
Pocket Sprung Mattresses
Pocket sprung mattresses consist of hundreds of small, individual springs, each encased in their own pocket. This allows the springs to move independently from one another.
Pressure points such as shoulders and hips are therefore able to ‘sink’ into the mattress, with the small groups of coils lending more support to these areas.
Luxury pocket sprung mattresses come with a top layer of foam for extra comfort.