Lying on a bed can often make back pain worse. But while many mattresses offer back pain relief, not all of them can be perfect for you. Find which one is best.
Step 1: Check out coil count Check the arrangement and the coil counts; a higher concentration and gauge indicate better quality. Mattress depths alone, ranging from 7 to 18 inches, may supply enough comfort depending on the severity of back pain.
Step 2: Choose foundation Choose a foundation for innerspring mattresses that combines comfort with support. A medium-firm mattress on a good spring foundation allows the shoulders and hips to rest. If too firm, thicker top padding will add some softness.
Step 3: Get the best Look for the right support mattress from a reputable store, instead of risking more pain with a cheap alternative. Test friends' beds first to get an idea what firmness you like and need.
TIP: Remember that "firm" is a relative term. All bed and furniture stores use the term loosely. Test each mattress yourself to see if it's firm enough for you.
Step 4: Buy foam Buy a visco memory foam mattress, which conforms to the body's shape to support weight and the contours of the back. Shop for the density that suits best.
Step 5: Use futon Use a futon mattress for lower back pain. If used on the floor or a wooden frame, joint pain could be aggravated, so use with caution.
FACT: Back pain is the most common medical problem in the U.S. 80 percent of Americans experience it at some point in their lives.