Back pain is an extremely common condition that can affect people of all ages. In fact, most people will suffer with back problems at some point in their lives. The condition can range from temporary feelings of tension or stiffness in the back to chronic discomfort that can result in severe mobility issues.
While most people think that an injury or medical condition is the primary cause of back pain, more often than not, it is triggered by poor posture. Sitting, standing or lying in the wrong way can all inflict pain on this group of muscles.
If you are someone who suffers from back ailments, you will know how debilitating it can be. As well as interfering with daily activities, the condition can also make sleeping at more difficult. Many beds can actually worsen back problems by placing excessive strain on vulnerable areas. An adjustable orthopedic bed, on the other hand, can help to alleviate a number of medical conditions, such as back pain, and make a real difference to your everyday life.
Finding a bed that provides you with adequate support may be the key to helping you achieve a restful night’s sleep. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the ways an adjustable bed can help with back pain.
How can an adjustable bed help my back pain?
As the name suggests, an adjustable bed can maneuver into various positions, allowing you to find your optimum sleeping posture that causes the least amount of discomfort. These beds have the potential to help people who feel more comfortable sleeping in an inclined position, rather than lying flat on a regular mattress.
Many medical professionals recommend sleeping on an incline to help relieve backache. Especially for people suffering with lower back pain, sleeping on a slight incline with extra support under the knees can help to take the pressure off the spine, making it easier to sleep. Not only will an upper body incline and elevated knees effectively support the natural curve of the spine, it can also help to stimulate blood circulation and reduce inflammation of damaged tissue. If you sleep on your side, an adjustable bed can keep your spine properly aligned while in this position.
Many people choose to use pillows to prop up the upper body or place under the knees, but this can cause an uneven amount of support and result in further discomfort in certain parts of the back. What’s more, most people move around while they sleep, meaning that they will often return to an unsupported position during the night. Investing in an adjustable bed offers a more long-term and reliable method of supporting your back while you sleep.
These beds can also offer better support for people with spinal disorders by reducing joint compression, preventing you from feeling sore and stiff when you awake. An adjustable bed can also be helpful for patients who have undergone back surgery, as a flat mattress will often aggravate the problem and cause tension to build in pressure points.
If your back pain has affected your mobility, getting into and out of bed can be more of a challenge than it should be. Electrical beds utilise innovative technology that can help to ease the transition from standing up to lying down - a movement which can be extremely difficult for people with back problems. With this added freedom, you can adjust, recline and raise your head to achieve your desired position, perfect for reading a book or watching TV.
The importance of a comfortable mattress
In addition to a comfortable bed, the importance of a supportive mattress cannot be overstated. Accompanying your adjustable bed with a memory foam mattress that provides a high level of support can further boost your chances of getting a decent night’s sleep. Unlike standard mattresses, the high-spring properties of memory foam accepts body weight without applying pressure, providing your back with the added support and cushioning it needs. A mattress that moulds around the shape of your body and spreads weight evenly can help to relax the muscles in your back while improving blood circulation.
Here at Adjustamatic, all of our adjustable beds feature our unique, built-in cyclo therapy technology that works to help soothe painful medical conditions. This medically-proven vibration therapy provides an invigorating full body massage without causing discomfort to vulnerable areas. With a choice of easy-to-use massage settings, you can select a setting that is suitable for your condition. For example, for a relaxing massage, you can choose a gentle setting to help you drift off at night. Alternatively, if you want to increase your pain threshold and improve mobility issues, you can choose a higher setting to ease aches and pains.
Unlike other massage systems that employ ‘back and forth’ movements, cyclo therapy uses a three-way technique that pulsates out from the centre in all directions, providing an even spread of pain relief across the back. Cyclo therapy is championed by leading health professionals, and is medically-proven to reduce muscle spasms, aid blood circulation, relax muscles, minimise swelling and ease both upper and lower back pain.
Should I get an adjustable bed?
Before you make a decision, it is worth bearing in mind that what works for some people may not necessarily work for you. There is no single bed or mattress that will offer effective relief for all people who suffer from back pain. Above all, it’s important to find a sleeping position that offers you the most comfort and the least amount of pain. When it comes to sleeping regimes, it really is a matter of personal preference.
However, there’s no denying that an adjustable bed with various settings will increase your chances of finding a comfortable sleeping position without causing additional strain. While you may require ongoing medical treatment to help with your condition, having an adjustable bed can provide you with the long-term support and comfort you need to get a good night’s rest.