How a Mattress Can Affect Back Pain

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There is a common theory that there is a direct relationship between mattresses and back pain. However, that is a common misconception and there is no “perfect” mattress that will ensure that you don’t get back pain, as there is there are no conclusive studies that suggest one mattress is better than another. 

General Rule(s) of Thumb 

Mattresses that don’t contour the body are usually the cause of lower back pain and neck pain, as they don’t offer the necessary support. On the other hand, a mattress that is too soft will not provide adequate support. A good mattress will distribute your weight and relieve pressure and pain. Ultimately, there is no such thing as a bad mattress, there is only a bad mattress for you.
It is based on personal preference and what your health concerns are when considering a new mattress. Therefore when choosing a mattress test out many, and choose what feels the most comfortable for you. 

Tips 

Searching for a mattress can be a daunting experience, especially with all of the variety on the market. Here are some tips to help you along the way. 

  1. Keep your spine aligned
    It’s important to search for a mattress that keeps your spine aligned, as it can prevent pain in your neck and your lower back and prevent injuries to those areas. 
  2. Ask about trial periods
    You should always ask about trial periods, because it takes time to know whether a mattress is for you or not. You might realize the mattress is not for your first night or over thirty nights. Having a leeway to test a mattress over a period of time guarantees that you won’t be stuck with a mattress you hate for several years. 
  3. Do your research
    There are so many mattresses on the market, so going in with an idea of what is recommended for your needs is crucial for a successful purchase. If you do have areas of concern, consulting with your chiropractor will help you narrow down your options. 
  4. Don’t be afraid to shop around
    These days there are many places that sell mattresses, which makes it great for the buyer, as you don’t have to go far to find what you need. Contrairly, it can become overwhelming, when you have too many options. Making a list of three to four stores that you’d like to visit will cut down your driving time, and will give you more time to shop for your mattress. 

Set a budget
Since mattresses vary in price, it is crucial that you set a budget and shop around it, or you may run the risk of spending way more than you intended. Many manufacturers may be willing to work with you since buying a mattress isn’t something you do every day, it would be worth it to see what kind of discounts or extended warranties they can offer.

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