Is your mattress causing your low back pain?



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Low back pain is one of the most common complaints we see here at Elite Performance Therapy and is suffered by thousands of adults each year. While back pain can sometimes be a result of injury, the position and back support you receive from your mattress when you sleep can also have an effect. This is why it is so important that you invest in a appropriate mattress that offers you the most back support.

WHY SUPPORT IS ESSENTIAL

While you may be tempted by the feel of a soft mattress that you sink into when you lie down, this is often not what is best for your back. Your spine needs to be supported while you sleep so that it is properly aligned throughout the night and not twisted or bent in the wrong way, so it is key to buy a mattress that best suits your weight and build.

Take your time choosing a mattress that gives you enough support and DO make sure you test it first. You may feel a little odd lying down in a showroom, but it’s essential you are properly supported while you sleep so take some time lying down to test it out – around 10 minutes. Remember to remove any outdoor coats before trying your chosen mattress out, so you can get a real feel of how well it is likely to support you whilst also offering comfort.  In addition to this, it’s important to consider both the bed base and the mattress as one when making a purchase, as they work together to support you whilst you sleep.

When you’ve chosen the mattress that’s right for you, it’s advisable that your turn or flip your mattress every 6 months so that it doesn’t develop dips, lumps or over used springs. This will not only ensure you are receiving the best support from your mattress but also lengthen your mattresses lifespan.

ARE THERE OTHER ACCESSORIES TO OFFER EXTRA BACK SUPPORT ?

As well as investing in a good quality firm mattress, there are other sleeping accessories you can buy to give your spine extra support while you sleep. One such accessory is a back support pillow. These come in a variety of shapes to suit different needs. For example, you can invest in a lumbar support pillow that is ideal for those who like to sleep on their sides as it stretches the length of the body and curves with the natural shape of the spine. Alternatively, you may opt for a knee support pillow, which can alleviate stress put on the lower spine whilst sleeping.

There are many different kinds of sleeping accessories readily available to help you support your spine while you sleep and avoid damage to your spine resulting in pain and discomfort, but if you’re already suffering with back pain and you think it may be as a result of poor support from your bed, why not contact us here at Elite Performance Therapy, and we’ll be happy to help you feel better and sleep pain free!

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