In current age of stress and hectic work schedules elderly as well as the young people suffer from back pain ranging from mild to severe. The reason can also be contributed to unhealthy lifestyle and sleeping on wrong type of mattress. Improper mattress cause strained muscles and spine resulting in wrong sleeping postures and lower back pain.
Looking back at the 20 years, several medical studies were conducted to make perfect mattress to relieve the back pain. The hard or firm mattress was the choice of many physicians. Later the myth that “harder the mattress, better it is for back” proved wrong.
By the year 2003, a new study was done on people with lower back pain. Some were given firm mattresses and few others were made to sleep on semi-firm mattresses. The study reported some shocking results contradicting the existing theories about mattresses. The patients who used medium-firm mattress felt better after few days and were more active during the day than those who slept on hard mattresses. They felt less pain while sleeping as well as after rising from the bed.
The health professionals thus came to conclusion that too-hard mattress would exert more pressure on the body parts since there is less contact of body with the mattress, thus causing pain. The medium mattress on the other hand distributes the pressure evenly on the body.
So, in order to have a sound sleep, relieving the pressure points was considered most important factor in lowering the back pain. So it is pertinent to consider change of mattress which has been in use for more than 7 years. It has been proved that people sleeping on new mattresses felt lesser pain than sleeping on old and deformed mattresses. Price is another factor. Medium to high priced mattress perform better than low cost mattresses.
Recent study has uncovered more facts about preferred mattresses for back pain. A mattress made with memory foam as the top most layer is the best to reduce the lower back pain significantly. The memory foam mattress minimizes stiffness in back and shoulders when you lie on the bed after a tough day at workplace. It molds taking the shape of body and creates maximum contact with the body, thus providing more comfort to you.
Wrapping up the article, it can be mentioned that the mattress that provides maximum comfort and does not cause any stiffness is the best for you and your back pain.