Finding the Best Mattress for Back Pain
Your back pain is no joke. First off it's annoying, it hurts and it effects every waking moment.
So finding the best back pain mattress is a life-changer.
Yes, changing your mattresses is the best place to start.
So how do you choose a mattress for back pain?
It's about proper support, spinal alignment and pressure point relief. That's what addresses persistent upper and lower back pain as well as shoulder and neck pain.
The truth is, all our mattresses are pretty amazing but some outperform others in terms of back support and back pain relief.
Top 4 Best Mattresses for a Bad Back
- The Dormeuse mattress... softer. ($4739 queen)
- The Beausommet mattress... firmer. ($4359 queen)
- The Classic 8 Mattress... medium-firm. ($2779 queen)
- The Tatami Mattress... firm-medium. ($2279 queen)
In fact the Dormeuse and Beausommet are tied for first since they offer similar performance but address 2 difference body types. If you have a pronounced lower back arch you'll need the Dormeuse. Little to no arch and you're looking at the Beausommet.
If you suffer from:
- Upper or Lower Back Pain
- Shoulder or Neck Pain
- Cervical Spondylosis, or Arthritis of the Neck
- Pinched Nerve
- Muscle Strain
- Spinal Stenosis
- Cervical Kyphosis
- Whiplash Injury
People who suffer from back injuries related to car accidents have called to thank us for these mattresses. Neck pain alone can often be resolved with one of 3 Essentia support pillows.
Is a Firm Mattress really better for your back?
People often confuse firmness with support; however, recent studies show that maximum support and back pain relief are provided by a medium-firm mattress. 95% of orthopedic surgeons in one survey said they believed a mattress plays a role in lower back pain management. 31 million Americans have suffered from acute or chronic back pain.
Firm Mattress Studies
According to a study published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, researchers found that patients suffering from back pain were twice as likely to report improvement when sleeping on a medium-firm mattress as opposed to those patients who slept on a firm mattress.
The trial involved 313 adults with chronic lower back pain and backache. As a part of the study, the subjects were randomly assigned to two groups. The first group slept on a medium-firm mattress instead of their normal mattress and the second group on a firm mattress.
When compared to the patients who slept on a firm mattress, patients who slept on the medium-firm mattresses reported reduced incidents of back pain in bed, reduced back pain upon rising from the bed, and reduced back pain related to disability. The study results indicated that a medium-firm mattress provides a better balance between back support and comfort for lower back pain than a firm mattress.
Contrary to popular belief, sleeping on a mattress that is too firm exerts additional pressure on the back, resulting in more back pain for some patients. So the best mattress for a bad back is a medium-firm.
Mattress Materials for a Better Sleep
The materials and support system used in mattress manufacturing are crucial to maintaining proper sleep quality as well as back support. Coil mattresses are not able to offer the same support, comfort and durability that memory foam or latex mattresses can provide.
Memory foam mattresses offer superior support due to the contouring support and pressure point relief provided.
Soft, Medium or Firm Mattress?
We need to re-evaluate our purchasing habits. The decision of a soft, medium or firm mattress doesn't apply. It depends entirely on your body type and the level of support you seek. Top heavy or bottom heavy, 5 feet tall or 6’5, many factors need to be taken into consideration.