What is an orthopaedic mattress?

For those of you who enjoy a peaceful night without interruptions, you may think an orthopaedic mattress is the ideal sleeping solution for you.

Mattresses of this kind are said to provide users with great support, enabling them to maintain proper posture. The firm support of such mattresses is reported to reduce stress on your spine, benefitting your back, neck and hips in the process.

To find out more about these sleeping surfaces, read on to discover just exactly what an orthopaedic mattress is.

Where does the term “orthopaedic mattress” come from?

An orthopaedic mattress is said to be a special mattress that supports your back, neck and hips.

But the term ‘orthopaedic’ is an unusual one when it comes to mattresses, as it refers to functional problems in the skeletal system including the muscle and ligaments.

An orthopaedic mattress is supposed to relieve these issues, however there is no hard and fast rule for what deems a mattress orthopaedic.

How does it benefit you?

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Don’t assume that mattresses labelled ‘orthopaedic’ will be the right mattress for you, because depending on your aches and pains and your sleeping position, you may need a different level of support.

Despite the said benefits, you may be surprised to learn that most modern mattresses support back pain, with manufacturers in most countries not having to disclose proof of testing by law.

If you suffer with back pain, make sure you do your research to find one which offers the right level of support for you, which suits your sleeping position and lifestyle.

Types of mattress and how they benefit back pain:

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Below, learn how these three types of mattresses can benefit back pain:

Coil Sprung

Coil sprung mattresses are the backbone to many orthopaedic mattresses and many modern beds. Perhaps the biggest benefit of these mattresses is that they are very affordable.

These mattresses can range from soft to very firm and are built to retain their shape and prevent sagging.

Pocket Sprung

The best mattress for your back, pocket sprung beds are created from hundreds of little pocket springs.

The main function of these springs is to support the back during sleep and remain unaffected by body weight, making them a very durable solution. They are ideal if you wanted to share an orthopaedic double mattress with a partner as there is little transfer of movement from the springs.

Memory Foam

Still considered a relatively new type of sleeping solution, a memory foam mattress will mould to the contours of your body and when the pressure is removed it will return to its usual shape.

This type of mattress can offer relief for back pain suffers, as it bends to support your body, and keeps you in proper alignment, which can in turn ease tension on your shoulders and hips whilst you sleep.

The disadvantage of these kinds of mattresses is that they retain heat which may make it harder to sleep, especially in warm weather.

 

Here at the Odd Mattress Company we know about the best mattresses for back support. If you’re currently struggling with back pain, get in touch with us today and get expert advice from professionals.

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