Back Pain and your Mattress
If you are experiencing constant back pain, the cause may be your mattress. Good posture is important when sleeping and a mattress with good support can ensure you maintain a healthy spine. A bad back can lead to problems in your daily life and create health issues down the road. Since you spend a third of your life sleeping, it is important to invest in a decent mattress. A good mattress will relieve back pain and adjust to your natural spinal alignment. This will relieve the pressure points in the curves of your spine and neck. A mattress should ensure that your spine makes a nice curve. This means when lying in your sleep position, your neck should curve towards or through the throat. The middle of your back should curve outwards or to the back and your lower back should always curve forward towards the stomach. A mattress should also provide enough support to the body's joints, muscles, and ligaments. These parts of the body are used extensively throughout the day and need to time to recuperate. Also, your mattress should be changed every 8-10 years otherwise the mattress quality has degraded and is most likely not providing the proper support your back needs.
What is the best mattress for a bad back?
Although many people believe that a firm mattress will provide the best support for an aching back, it has been proven through a variety of studies that a middle firm mattress is optimal for the spine. Sleeping on a mattress that is too firm can cause aching joints and muscles. Softer mattresses provide little to no support for the back and the bodies pressure points. An optimal choice would be the middle firm mattress which allows the body to slightly sink into the mattress, thus keeping the spine in alignment and allowing for just the right amount of give. Always speak to your doctor before deciding on a mattress type and each individual can vary.