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Orthopaedic Mattresses

Historically, it has always been believed that the best kind of mattress for someone with a bad back is one with a very firm finish – however, experts have now confirmed that there is no solution that suits all when it comes to the right mattress for someone with a bad back. Those who believe the firmer the better when it comes to mattresses have now been proved wrong, ultimately debunking the concept of a firm orthopaedic mattress as the only answer to a good night’s sleep for those with a bad back. The truth seems to be that in the past, orthopaedic mattresses have been more for marketing purposes than anything else – with even Wikipedia now defining the term ‘orthopaedic’ as a marketing term rather than a scientific basis. So, what does a proper orthopaedic mattress look like and why is it good for people who suffer from chronic pain?

Defining a proper orthopaedic mattress

Traditionally, an orthopaedic mattress has been regarded as one with a very firm base – and we tend to find that for many buyers this really does work wonders on their backs and for their posture, as well as their comfort. We all have different preferences when it comes to the surface we like to sleep upon – what is changing, however, is the way that doctor’s recommend and prescribe these mattresses, with more understanding now around how traditionally orthopaedic mattresses are not necessarily conducive with a good night’s sleep for every kind of individual. In fact, the best kind of mattress for a bad back – and one which is now seen as more of an orthopaedic support than the previously heralded stiff finish mattresses – is one which combines the right level of support with an optimum feel of comfort – protecting and cushioning the body, without letting it sink right into the mattress. After all, one of the main causes of pain is pressure points and so it is only when a soft topping is added to the mattresses that we are able to truly combat this and ensure our body is cushioned rather than propped up.

Will an orthopaedic mattress ruin the aesthetic of my home?

In short, no – because an orthopaedic mattress is really no different to any other kind of mattress. Far from recommending a one-size-fits-all style of mattress for everyone experiencing back pain and problems, retailers and therapists are now realising that every pain sufferer needs their own unique and tailored response which harnesses the right spring unit count to hold their body weight, and the right upholstery to maximise their comfort and ability to sleep. So, when it comes to the aesthetic value of an orthopaedic mattress in comparison with any other mattress, the differences are minimal and can easily be concealed with decorative accessories and vibrant bed sheets.

Finding the right orthopaedic mattress for you

If you or your partner needs additional support from your mattress to combat the effects of ongoing pain, aside from buying a new mattress you can also explore the style of zip and link mattresses which allow two different support and comfort levels to be joined together to create a mattress where you each have your own side which is tailored for your needs. This means that both sleepers can enjoy the highest levels of comfort without disturbing or impacting the sleep quality of the other. For more on orthopaedic mattresses and the solutions to your aches and pains, head to bed specialist and homeware retailers, or speak to a doctor for their recommendations.

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