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 prevalent in recent years as people become more aware of their benefits. 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 is 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

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

Orthopedic mattresses support 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 sing and turning, reducing the risk of waking up during the addition; orthopedic mattresses are often recommended for people with back pain or other injuries. By helping keep the spine in alignment, these mattresses can aid in healing and provide much-needed relief from pain.

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

How Do Orthopedic Mattresses Work?

To understand how an orthopedic mattress works, it is first necessary to understand 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


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 support the spine’s needs to stay aligned. They do this by using various 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 keep the spine aligned, reducing pain and promoting better sleep.

Back Pain

man suffering from back pain from his mattress

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

That’s where orthopedic mattresses come in. Orthopedic beds are designed to provide support for the spine and joints and pressure point relief. This support helps keep the spine aligned, reducing pain and promoting better sleep.










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How Orthopedic Mattresses are Constructed

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

Mattress Cover

Mattress covers serve several 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 suitable mattress cover can also prolong the life of your mattress. Consider buying a mattress cover 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 stress 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 good night’s sleep.

Corrective Layer

To maintain physical and mental health, getting a good night’s rest is vital. However, back pain makes it difficult for many people to get the necessary sleep.

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

Our mattress has a corrective layer designed by chiropractors & physios using research from leading back pain specialists. This means 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 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 not sag over time. It also helps to distribute your weight evenly across the bed, 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 considered the best option for a good night’s sleep, especially if you suffer back pain.

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

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

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

Studies have found that people with back pain are just as likely to find relief on a medium-firm mattress than 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 that a softer mattress is 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 specifically designed to support the spine and bones.

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

The term is often used as a marketing gimmick to make a mattress sound more medical and trustworthy.

For a mattress to be considered orthopedic, it should be designed by a back pain specialist who incorporates studies and research when developing 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 getting a good night’s sleep can be a real challenge for those suffering from chronic pain.

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.


An orthopedic mattress may be the perfect solution for you if you’re dealing with back pain or another injury. 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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