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How Do Orthopedic Mattresses Work?

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What is an orthopedic mattress? This is a question that many people are asking these days. Orthopedic mattresses have become more popular in recent years, as people are becoming more aware of the benefits they provide. But what exactly makes an orthopedic mattress different from other types of mattresses?

As a general rule orthopedic mattresses are designed by chiropractors, physiotherapists, or other musculoskeletal specialists to provide pressure relief, spinal alignment, and comfort for people with back pain symptoms. Orthopedic does not just mean an extra-firm mattress.

My name Dr. Lawrence Woods DC and I have been designing orthopedic mattresses for over 20 years. As a chiropractor, my goal has always focused on improving the health of my patients by optimizing their sleep. My designs have been nominated for numerous awards and I continue to be at the forefront of this industry, helping people get the best night’s sleep possible.

The Purpose of an Orthopedic Mattress

When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, there are many factors to consider. One of the most important is the type of mattress you choose.

Orthopedic mattresses are designed to provide support for the spine and joints, alleviating pain and promoting better sleep.

Because they are often made with supportive & pressure relieving materials, orthopedic mattresses can also help to prevent tossing and turning, reducing the risk of waking up during the night.

In addition, orthopedic mattresses are often recommended for people with back pain or other injuries. By helping to keep the spine in alignment, these mattresses can aid in the healing process and provide much-needed relief from pain.

For all these reasons, an orthopedic mattress can be a great choice for people who want to improve their sleep and overall health.

How Do Orthopedic Mattresses Work?

In order to understand how an orthopedic mattress works, it is first necessary to understand a bit about how the spine works.

The spine is made up of a series of bones, called vertebrae, that are stacked on top of each other. Between each vertebra is a small disc of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber. The spinal cord runs through the middle of the vertebrae, and nerves branch off from the spinal cord to innervate the rest of the body.

Spinal Alignment

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When we sleep, we want our spine to be in a neutral position, which means that the vertebrae are aligned and the discs are not under any undue stress. However, many mattresses do not provide adequate support for the spine, causing the vertebrae to become misaligned. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and other problems.

Orthopedic mattresses are designed to provide the support the spine needs to stay in alignment. They do this by using a variety of different materials, such as memory foam or latex, that contour to the body and provide support

Orthopedic mattresses work by providing support for the spine and joints. This support helps to keep the spine in alignment, which can reduce pain and promote better sleep.

Back Pain

man suffering from back pain from his mattress

For people suffering from back pain, a good night’s sleep can be elusive. Traditional mattresses often don’t provide the necessary support for the spine and joints, which can lead to increased pain and tossing and turning throughout the night.

That’s where orthopedic mattresses come in. Orthopedic mattresses are designed to provide support for the spine and joints, as well as pressure point relief. This support helps to keep the spine in alignment, which can reduce pain and promote better sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Orthopedic Mattresses are Constructed

There are several layers of different materials in a mattress, each with its own purpose.

Mattress Cover

Mattress covers serve a number of purposes. Firstly, they regulate airflow, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. Additionally, it protects your mattress from dirt, dust, and spills. By protecting your mattress from wear and tear, a good mattress cover can also prolong the life of your mattress. Consider buying a mattress cover that is made from a fabric that breathes, such as cotton or Tencel.

Comfort Layer/Pressure Relief Layer

The comfort layer of a mattress is its topmost layer, and its primary purpose is to relieve pressure. As the comfort layer conforms to your body, it distributes your weight evenly, preventing pressure from being placed on one area too much. As a result, you can sleep more soundly throughout the night and reduce tossing and turning.

The comfort layer is also responsible for increasing the mattress’ surface area and providing pressure relief. Thus, the comfort layer is a critical component of a mattress and plays a significant role in ensuring a sound night’s sleep.

Corrective Layer

In order to maintain physical and mental health, it’s vital to get a good night’s rest. However, back pain makes it difficult for many people to get the sleep they need.

As mattress designers, one way we use to alleviate back pain is to use a mattress with a corrective layer. This layer promotes spinal alignment, which is essential for muscle relaxation and pain relief.

Our mattress has a corrective layer that was designed by chiropractors & physios using research from leading back pain specialists. This means that you can enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep without worrying about your back.

Support Layer

A mattress support layer is an essential component of any bed. Its purpose is to provide the firmness and support you need for a good night’s sleep.

Without a supportive layer, your mattress would be too soft and would not provide the level of support your body needs. With good mattresses, the support layer is usually made of high-density foam. It is placed as the base layer and provides the foundation for the mattress.

The support layer ensures that your mattress will maintain its shape and will not sag over time. It also helps to distribute your weight evenly across the mattress, which helps to reduce pressure points and prevent you from waking up with aches and pains. A good support layer is essential for a comfortable and supportive bed.

The Firm Mattress Myth

woman suffering from lower back pain from a firm mattress

A firm mattress is often thought to be the best option for a good night’s sleep, especially if you suffer from back pain.

However, this is not always the case. While a firm mattress can provide support for the body, it can also be quite uncomfortable, especially for people with back pain.

The thinking goes that a softer mattress lets your spine sag, not providing proper support, putting strain on your back.

However, good mattresses are not constructed with one firmness through and cannot be categorised simply as soft or firm.

In fact, studies have found that people with back pain are just as likely to find relief on a medium-firm mattress than they are on a firm one.

The important thing is to find a mattress that provides the right amount of support for your body while providing cushioning pressure relief. You may be surprised to find that a softer mattress is actually more comfortable and supportive than a firm one.

Not All Mattresses Described as Orthopedic Are Orthopedic

When consumers hear the term “orthopedic mattress,” they often think of an extra firm mattress that is specifically designed to provide support for the spine and bones.

However, not all mattresses that are described as orthopedic are actually orthopedic.

In many cases, the term is simply used as a marketing gimmick to make a mattress sound more medical and therefore more trustworthy.

For a mattress to be considered orthopedic, it should be designed by a back pain specialist who incorporates studies and research when designing the mattress.

This way, you can be sure that you’re getting a mattress that is truly designed to help with back pain. Otherwise, you may end up with a mattress that doesn’t provide the support you need.

The Benefits of Orthopedic Mattresses

For many people, a good night’s sleep is the key to a well-rested day. But for those suffering from chronic pain, getting a good night’s sleep can be a real challenge.

Orthopedic mattresses are designed to provide targeted support for the joints and muscles, helping to reduce pain and promote better sleep. In addition, orthopedic mattresses can help to reduce tossing and turning, providing more restful sleep.

And for those with back pain, an orthopedic mattress can help to improve spinal alignment and reduce pressure on the spine. Whether you suffer from occasional aches and pains or chronic pain, an orthopedic mattress may be the key to a better night’s sleep.

Conclusion

If you’re dealing with back pain or another injury, an orthopedic mattress may be the perfect solution for you. These mattresses can help to keep your spine in alignment and provide relief from pain. In addition, orthopedic mattresses are often recommended for people who want to improve their sleep quality. So if you’re looking for a way to get better rest and feel more comfortable, consider investing in an orthopedic mattress.

 

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Dr Lawrence Woods

My name Dr Lawrence Woods DC and I have been designing mattresses, pillows, chairs and seat cushions for over 20 years. As a chiropractor, my goal has always focused on improving the health of my patients by optimizing how they sleep and sit. My designs have been nominated for numerous awards and I continue to be at the forefront of this industry, helping people get the best night’s sleep possible. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West, I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified and an OSHAcadenmy certified ergonomist.
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