Friday, 26 June 2015

How to choose a right mattress in backache?

Mr. Raju, 35 year old, software professional, came to Cura physiotherapy clinic with lot of back stiffness and pain. The pain, he said was more in the morning times and reduces once he starts moving. We checked him clinically for muscle flexibility and strength but both seemed quite good. He told us, though he had sit for hours in his office, he was quite active person. He used to go for gym daily and did muscle training and cardio very regularly. We also asked him to get photograph of his workstation and car postures to rule out any fault in there. All were up to the mark! He was really taking all possible steps at home and in office to take care of his backache. Meanwhile, his physician asked him to go for blood factors. That also came normal..

Now the only problem could have been.. the mattress! The type of mattress he was using was the spring variety. Okay now.. this can be an issue. As with spring or any soft mattress, the body is not supported well. What happens is, with our body weight it tends to sink down and actually leaves spine support less. 

To understand this, let’s clear basics first. Human beings have acquired erect posture from quadruped in the process of evolution as we needed to be more mobile. But this as compromised our spinal stability. When we sit/ stand/ walk, we are doing it against gravity. Lying down is the only position when gravity is not acting on spine in vertical position. But it is acting in horizontal position. So in order to keep spine flat and straight one must go for mattress that is “firm”, not too soft or too tight.

The problem with soft mattress is, it can not support the body and we tend sink in it with curved spine, which is very uncomfortable position for the spine. With tight mattresses the problem is exactly opposite, they are too stiff to support spine so practically your spine can not relax on it. The mid way is using firm mattress, it does support your spine but doesn’t let your body sink in it.

Coming back to Raju’s case:“Good news! I woke up with no pain!!” Raju said that day. He had changed his mattress 10 days back and he feeling absolutely okay now..  

To make it easy:
Examples:

MATTRESS TYPE
EXAMPLE
BACK SUPPORT
Too soft
Spring
Very poor
Too firm/tight
Coir > Foam
Very less
Firm
High density foam
Good!


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