Debunking The Best Mattresses For Back Pain Myth

It is trite but true. You spend one-third of your life in bed. If you suffer from back pain, it just makes sense that you should pick the best mattress for back pain. Which mattress type is the best mattress for back pain?

For years, orthopedic physicians have been recommending a very firm mattress for back pain. One common remedy is to add a piece of plywood under your mattress to give it the firmness you need. Chiropractors, on the other hand, have suggested a moderately firm mattress for a good night’s sleep. Even the experts cannot agree.

For people suffering from low back pain, a recent study conducted by the Harvard Medical School seems to side with the chiropractors.  The study showed that 268 people with low back pain had the worst night’s sleep on a very firm orthopedic mattress. The Harvard study also showed that softer mattresses may let you sink in so deeply that you are in an unnatural position and still won’t get a good night’s sleep.

It appears the final answer is personal preference.  We suggest trying out different types of mattress before making your decision. Sleep on a hotel mattress.  Try out a mattress at your friend’s house.  Don’t settle for the first mattress you see at The Back Store.  Look at a variety of mattresses and brands, and try out each mattress by laying on it: on each side, on your back and on your stomach.  Our mattress experts will help you pick the perfect mattress for the way you sleep

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