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Can a New Bed Ease Back Pain?

Back pain is an extremely common affliction which most people will experience in some form. It can be caused by overexertion during sport or work, lifting and carrying incorrectly or simply sitting or lying badly for too long.

As the muscles in the back are complex, there are some cases where people develop back pain and it is difficult to say what exactly was the cause.

In most cases, the pain will get better within a few weeks and can be helped along with painkillers, hot and cold compression packs and alternative treatments like acupuncture.

The Wrong Bed

Sleeping on a mattress which does not support your back properly will inevitably cause problems. Not only will a bad bed seriously affect the length and quality of sleep, it may also lead to aching muscles and put irregular strain on the spine. If a mattress is worn out, or isn’t suited to your needs, it’s time to think about getting a new one.

Sometimes broken or worn out bed frames are no longer capable of supporting a mattress properly, and therefore would need to be replaced too. There is no point in waiting or ignoring the issue, as it will only exacerbate the pain.

The Right Bed

An old theory to alleviate back pain was to buy a hard mattress, however in recent years research has shown that this is a myth and firm mattresses are now not considered by doctors and chiropractors to be a cure-all solution.

Although different types of mattresses are best for certain problems and sleeping positions, the common consensus is that reasonably firm mattresses, with some give, are often the best choice.

Some mattresses are specifically designed to aid back pain like Memory Foam mattresses. They adapt to the body and give personalised support while sleeping.

Backcare Mattresses are designed by orthopaedic professionals to provide good back support for all body types and sleeping positions.

They may be relatively more expensive than a standard mattress but in the long run they will save you a lot of pain, hospital appointments and sleepless nights.

Ongoing Back Pain

Back pain can be prevented by wearing flat shoes, relieving stress and avoiding unnecessary or prolonged sprain. It’s also important to keep active with low impact exercise like walking and swimming.

Although memory foam and orthopedic beds can help, you should consult a doctor if you are concerned about your back, particularly if you develop ‘red flag symptoms‘ like swelling in the back, unexplained weight loss and numbness.

03. April 2013 by Eunan Mc Kenna
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