Do adjustable beds help with back pain?

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 more difficult. And it’s an extremely common condition that can affect people of all ages. Usually, the best type of bed for bad backs and back pain is an adjustable bed.

The right bed can make your back feel much better

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.

Many beds can actually worsen back problems by placing excessive strain on vulnerable areas. Adjustable orthopaedic beds, on the other hand, are some of the best beds for back pain, and can help alleviate a variety of medical conditions. This can make a real difference to your everyday life.

Buyging 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?

Illustration showing three positions that an adjustable bed can perform: raised head end, head and feet raised, and feet only raised.
Three popular adjustable bed positions for back pain.

As the name suggests, an adjustable bed can move into various positions, allowing you to find a good sleeping posture that causes the least amount of discomfort. Adjustable beds can also help people who feel more comfortable sleeping in an inclined position, rather than lying flat on a regular mattress.

How an adjustable bed alleviates back pain

  • Allows you to sleep on an incline
  • Supports your back
  • Reduces joint compression
  • Prevents unnecessary pressure on your back

Sleeping on an incline

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.

Supporting your back

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.

Reducing joint compression

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.

Mobility benefits of an adjustable bed

If your back pain has affected your mobility, getting into and out of bed can be more of a challenge than it should be.

Electric adjustable beds use 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.

What are the best adjustable beds to buy for bad backs?

The best adjustable beds for bad backs don’t just contour to your body – they also have built-in features to help relieve those aches and pains. Our adjustable beds come with the option to build our industry-leading NHC Cyclo-Therapy® massage technology directly into the bed frame.

With a choice of easy-to-use massage settings, at the touch of a button you can receive a soothing back massage in bed to help you drift off at night. Alternatively, you can choose a higher setting to ease aches and pains if you want to increase your pain threshold and improve mobility issues.

Can the right adjustable bed position help sciatica?

Those who suffer from sciatica may find the resting positions offered by an adjustable help relieve their discomfort. Sleeping with your knees elevated and raised is one position recommended to reduce the pain caused by sciatica. This position can easily be achieved with an adjustable bed.