I am frequently asked by patients what mattresses I recommend for their pain or particular condition. Patients want to know where to find the best mattresses for chronic pain, sciatica, back pain, neck pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, disc issues, muscle spasms, and after spinal surgery.
Nowadays most mattresses are sold online, which makes picking a bed a difficult task. It is a costly purchase that you will spend a lot of time using, so it is important to make an educated decision.
Choosing the wrong mattress could cost you thousands of dollars and many nights of pain and restless sleep. I have some knowledge to share with you to make sure this doesn’t happen.
Support and Pressure Relief
Support – If you are reading this article it’s likely you suffer from back pain, and this is why support is the most important criteria when searching for a mattress. Support = pushing up into you.
It means giving those areas of your body the assistance they need to relax and de-stress throughout the night.
The area of your body that needs this the most is the lumbar spine (low back). If you are a back sleeper then a mattress that is “comfy”, plush or soft will cause you to sink in, and will not give your body the support it needs, leaving your muscles tired from working all night to support your mid and low back.
So, If you are a back sleeper or suffer from middle or low back pain then a supportive mattress is what your body needs.
Pressure Relief – Pressure relief is another important criteria when searching for a mattress that helps relieve your pain. Pressure relief = you pushing into the mattress. This is not to be confused with sinking in.
A quality mattress that relieves pressure points should gently but firmly support your body in a comfortable position. What parts of the body need pressure relief? Parts that stick out, particularly the shoulders and hips.
Without pressure relief, these areas are being compressed and are forced to constant stress throughout the night. So, if you are a side sleeper or suffer from hip and shoulder pain then a mattress that gives you pressure relief is what’s best for your body.
So what is the best mattress? I have done considerable research and made recommendations on the best mattresses for my patients. I have comprised a list of 5 mattresses that I recommend. Here are the top 5 mattresses that are best for back pain.