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Lying on a bed can often make back pain worse. But while many mattresses offer back pain relief, not all of them can be perfect for you. Find which one is best.
Step 1: Check out coil count
Check the arrangement and the coil counts; a higher concentration and gauge indicate better quality. Mattress depths alone, ranging from 7 to 18 inches, may supply enough comfort depending on the severity of back pain.
Step 2: Choose foundation
Choose a foundation for innerspring mattresses that combines comfort with support. A medium-firm mattress on a good spring foundation allows the shoulders and hips to rest. If too firm, thicker top padding will add some softness.
Step 3: Get the best
Look for the right support mattress from a reputable store, instead of risking more pain with a cheap alternative. Test friends’ beds first to get an idea what firmness you like and need.
Remember that “firm” is a relative term. All bed and furniture stores use the term loosely. Test each mattress yourself to see if it’s firm enough for you.
Step 4: Buy foam
Buy a visco memory foam mattress, which conforms to the body’s shape to support weight and the contours of the back. Shop for the density that suits best.
Step 5: Use futon
Use a futon mattress for lower back pain. If used on the floor or a wooden frame, joint pain could be aggravated, so use with caution.
Did You Know?
Back pain is the most common medical problem in the U.S. 80 percent of Americans experience it at some point in their lives.