Back Pain and Your Mattress: How it Affects You
By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016
People who suffer from back and neck pain, particularly when it’s chronic pain, look to many sources to relieve their discomfort. One question that is frequently asked at our physical therapy clinics is whether the purchase of a special mattress will help to manage back and neck pain. Since a large amount of time is spent sleeping, a poor mattress can really impact your back and neck, causing pain or exacerbating existing problems.
Many people find mattresses with adjustable pressure to be very comfortable. These mattresses, although expensive, tend to alleviate neck and back pain, providing more restful sleep. If you do choose to purchase a special mattress, it’s important to keep the following points in mind:
- Try out the mattress prior to purchasing
- Consider one that has a 30-day or longer “test” period
- Try different sleep positions to ensure that all are comfortable
While purchasing a high-quality, special mattress can help support back and neck health, we can also work with you to develop an exercise plan that helps to reduce pain in these areas. Some helpful ways to address back and neck pain include:
- Strengthening exercises
- Gentle stretching
- Aerobic conditioning
Daily stretching can help relieve stiffness and discomfort in the back and neck areas. It’s recommended to first warm up the muscles with a brief walk or similar form of activity before stretching. Although stretching can be done daily, try to schedule your exercises so that strengthening and aerobic exercises are done on alternate days.
Western Berks Physical Therapy can work with you to construct a regimen that relieves back and neck pain and improves function primarily through exercise. A special, supportive mattress is a perfect complement to sustain your maintenance plan for a more pain-free lifestyle.