When buying a new mattress what specifics are you looking for? Well, if you’re suffering from back pain it should probably be the level of firmness. Studies have shown that medium to firm mattresses decrease chronic back pain more so than softer mattresses.
The reason behind this is how the mattress cradles the natural curves of your spine.
So, what should you look for in a mattress for back pain?
When choosing a mattress for back pain, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Whether the mattress is firm enough to support your lower back if you are a back-sleeper, while being soft enough to contour to your body. In fact, too-stiff mattresses tend to push against the spine while too-soft mattresses don’t offer enough support. A medium-firm mattress is ideal for this type of sleeper.
- For side sleepers, a mattress with slight softness is necessary to cushion the shoulders and hips.
- Stomach sleepers (who very likely sleep this way because of lower back pain) need a firmer mattress to keep them afloat.
Questions? Ask your chiropractor for recommendations!