Is Your Mattress Contributing to Your Back Pain?

There are many possible reasons someone might experience back pain. One potential contributing factor could be the mattress you sleep on.

This bed is not comfortable as I thought

Waking up with lower back pain can be an indicator that your mattress is to blame. It is recommended that you evaluate the condition of your mattress every five to seven years since this is when they begin to break-down. Nearly two-thirds of those who suffer with lower back pain report significant improvements after purchasing a new mattress.

Selecting a mattress can be tricky. It has long been believed that a firm mattress works best, but others believe that a medium to firm mattress is better. At the end of the day, what matters most is what feels best for you, so lie down and “test” a few mattresses in the store before making a decision.

Purchasing a mattress can be an expensive investment. For those who can’t afford to buy a new mattress, follow these tips can help:

• Use a plywood board between your mattress and box-spring or frame for added support
• Place a pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back or between your knees if you sleep on your side to take pressure off of your spine
• Wrap a rolled-up towel around your waist to help maintain a proper curve in your spine
• Never get out of bed too fast. Instead, roll on your side, bend your knees and push yourself up with your hands
• Even if you are experiencing back pain, don’t remain in bed too long. This can relieve stiffness and pain

While these tips can be helpful for some, they might not work for everyone. if you continue to experience back pain, or if your pain is worse at night, speak to your doctor immediately.

All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.