Back Pain & Choosing a Bed
1st March is the official start of National Bed Month.
If you suffer from back pain here are our top tips on how to choose the best mattress or bed for you:
- The mattress should be supportive enough to take the weight of the body without sagging. If you are used to a soft bed, don’t suddenly change to a very hard bed; the difference may prove difficult to adapt to. However, the mattress does need to be firm enough to allow for changes of posture during the night. This is necessary to lessen fatigue and relieve the prolonged stress on soft tissues – it is not easy turning on a really ‘giving’ surface.
- The mattress needs to be comfortable to lie on and soft enough, with sufficient ‘give’, to support and cushion the body’s bony curves (for example like that provided by a ‘pocket sprung’ mattress). Don’t be embarrassed to lie on the bed for 20 minutes or so in the shop – it’s not as long as you’ll spend on it each night!
- A good heavy mattress will need a strong base. It is best to buy the base and mattress together, but if you buy these items separately do seek advice that they will make a suitable combination.
- If you and your partner are of different weights consider a zip and link bed.
- Your pillow is as important as the mattress. It needs to support and cushion the neck. Too high or low, and your neck will not be in a neutral position.
- Remember there is no absolute best choice of bed. It is what is right for you as an individual. Also remember that the word ‘orthopaedic’ is really meaningless, though it generally implies ‘firm’.